8 Sabbath Day Activities for Every Age

We love Sundays! Although there can be possible obstacles to reaching a peaceful and sacred Sabbath, there are many simple choices we can make to fill our homes with the Spirit. By making small changes, your family can begin to love Sundays and see it as a time for Christ centered family time.  Here are 9 ways to center your Sabbath on the Savior with everyone in your family.

  1. Learn about the prophet of God as a family

Take time to learn about the Lord’s mouthpiece together as a family while you study the life preparation the Lord gives the men He will one day call to be prophet. What are the lessons to be learned from such a life? From being raised in a home without the foundation of the gospel to the early days of his marriage and the stress of medical school to his last open-heart surgery in China, President Russell M. Nelson took advantage of every opportunity to learn and become more. If we have much to learn from what a prophet says, surely we have much to learn from how a prophet lives.


2. Learn to Defend the Book of Mormon together

The Book of Mormon is the keystone of our religion. The prophet Joseph Smith taught, “Take away the Book of Mormon and the revelations, and where is our religion? We have none.” A Case for the Book of Mormon is divided into many small sections that make it easy for your family to study different ways to defend the Book of Mormon. Whether talking to those not of our faith or with those who are struggling with questions, you and your family can find help from best-selling author Tad Callister.


3. listen to christ-centered music


There is a special spirit that music brings into our lives, especially when it is centered on gospel truths. Bring the Spirit into your home with these beautiful words that focus on Jesus Christ.  Choose from these three inspiring new albums to help uplift and bring a new depth to your Sabbath.


4. come together to learn about faith, sisterhood, and church history

This faith-promoting film tells the story of Sister Jane Manning James, a free black woman and convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, returning to Nauvoo to find that Joseph Smith, her prophet and friend, has been assassinated. The unmistakable true bond of sisterhood between Emma Smith and Jane Manning is inspiring and moving. Join these two remarkable women of faith on an imagined night that reveals the essence of their complex, raw, and ultimately beautiful friendship.


5. Help Your Children Learn About the Miracles of Jesus

Introduce your little ones to the many miracles Jesus performed during His mortal ministry. Follow along as the new star appears at Jesus’s miraculous birth and as He feeds 5,000 people with only five loaves of bread and two fishes. With simple, engaging text, colorful artwork, and intricate cutouts that give fun glimpses before the full illustration is revealed, Miracles of Jesus is the perfect book for young children to develop a testimony of the Savior as they read it time and time again, by themselves or with your family.


6. Help your teen connect with the Savior while disconnecting from their devices

This teen adaptation of the best-selling book The Continuous Atonement will do for youth what the landmark title did for adults. With age-appropriate questions and relevant stories, this edition will help teenagers understand the transforming power of the Atonement. Whether they read it alone or together with the whole family, this book is a great way to help your teen unplug and connect with the Spirit.


7. learn about who’s in the book of mormon

Packed with fun facts, insightful lessons, and unique activities, this exciting book will help each member of your family better understand just who’s who in the Book of Mormon. Delightful illustrations bring each man and woman to life in vivid color. The book contains 52 separate entries, each with its own lesson and activity, so it makes the perfect resource for planning your weekly family night or for quiet Sunday reading and learning.


8. apply the book of mormon to your lives together

These fun study cards are just what your busy family needs to create a meaningful and engaging family scripture study experience. Charming illustrations on the front keep kids interested and aid in scripture-story recollection. The back of each card features favorite scripture excerpts, short contextual information, and application questions that parents can use to “liken” the scriptures to each family member. Each study card includes three questions targeted for different age groups. Includes 46 individual cards.

Shay Sookhoo