Teaching Helps for "The Sabbath Is a Day to Remember What God Has Done for Us"

This Sabbath day lesson focuses on remembering, specifically several key mighty works. The Church outlined for this lesson the following:

"Throughout history, God has associated certain mighty works with the Sabbath. These mighty works include the Creation (see Genesis 2:1–3), the exodus of the children of Israel from Egypt (see Deuteronomy 5:15), and the Savior’s Resurrection (see John 20:1–19; Acts 20:7). Invite members to review these passages and discuss how remembering each of these events can help us honor the Sabbath day. What are some of the mighty works that God has done for us? How can we remember these things on the Sabbath day? As applicable, invite members to discuss questions like these in their families."

Study each of these mighty events to prepare for your lesson. You will find articles, movies, and scriptures below to help you dive in deeper. There are also a few teaching thoughts to help you brainstorm your own thoughts for your lesson. 

Teacher Study

The following articles and scriptures focus on Remembering, the Creation, the exodus, and the Savior's Resurrection

Moses 2-3 (see also Genesis 1-2)

Deuteronomy 5

Exodus 16

John 20:1-19

Acts 20:7

"Gratitude on the Sabbath" by President Henry B. Eyring

"O Remember, Remember" by President Henry B. Eyring

"The Lord's Day" by President James E. Faust

"God's Love for His Children" by M. Russell Ballard

"The Exodus" is a great article that was in the Ensign about how we can can view it in relation to the Sabbath.

Here's a Seminary Teacher lesson on Exodus 14-15 that may also be helpful

"Christ, Our Passover" by President Howard W. Hunter

"The Resurrection of Jesus Christ" by Elder D. Todd Christofferson

"He Is Risen" by President Thomas S. Monson

"That They Do Always Remember Him" by Elder Claudio R. M. Costa

Suggested Videos

The Creation (about 5 1/2 minutes)- Explanation about the Creation by President Russell M. Nelson

God's Greatest Creation (about 3 minutes)- Another excerpt from a talk by President Russell M. Nelson

The Passover (about 3 minutes)- Explains the meaning and significance of the Passover

Jesus Is Resurrected (about 4 minutes)- Bible video that covers 20:3-18

That They Do Always Remember Him (about 6 1/2 minutes)- Video with Elder Costa's counsel to remember the stories of Jesus.

O Remember, Remember (about 1 1/2 minutes)- Clip from President Eyring's talk

Questions to Ponder

  • How has God specifically blessed your life?
  • What can you learn from the account of the Creation about the Sabbath?
  • Why is it important to have a day of rest?
  • How can you pattern your life in a way that is similar to the way God created the world?
  • What is the significance of creating things spiritually first?
  • How does understanding where you come from help you honor the Sabbath?
  • In what ways can you express gratitude for the Creation and the Creator on the Sabbath?
  • What are some of the mighty works that God has done for us? How can we remember these things on the Sabbath day?
  • What creations testify to you that God is real?
  • In what ways are you a Creator? What are you creating each Sunday?
  • How does the exodus from Egypt apply to our Sunday worship?
  • Why do you think God asked the children of Israel to remember with the observance of the Passover? Why should we remember this event?
  • How does knowing that the Savior was resurrected affect your Sunday worship?
  • What can you do in order to see God's kindness more readily in your life?
  • Why do you think remembering is such an important commandment? 

Teaching Ideas

  • I love the Church's recommended idea to discuss the Creation, exodus of Israel from Egypt, and the Savior's Resurrection. It's an easy way to divide your lesson and point everything back to the Sabbath. You could show a video clip to introduce each new section then discuss why these events are important to remember.
  • As you study the story of the exodus, see how it fits into an analogy for us to keep the Sabbath holy. For example, like the people of Israel, we may be tempted to go back to our old comfortable lives after church. Ask your class to come up with other examples or split into groups. 
  • Discuss these 5 Ways to Fight Forgetfulness as it relates to remembering on the Sabbath.
  • Use President Henry B. Eyring's challenge found in "Recognize, Remember, Give Thanks" during your lesson. It's a great way to show that we remember Him.
  • Use some of the scriptures from my 52 Scriptures to Help You Remember the Savior All Year to discuss some of the things that we can remember as we celebrate the Sabbath. You can encourage people to ponder one of the scriptures each Sunday to make their worship more meaningful.
  • Use my Remember banner and poster to display on the wall. You can even come up with a word for each letter in Remember either by yourself beforehand or as a class. 
  • Looking implies so much- direction, seeking, seeing with purpose. Do a looking pre-opener in your class. Place a few pictures or phrases around your room- one can be a beautiful landscape, another an inspirational quote, and finally a picture of Christ. Where did your class look when they came in? Did they see all the pictures and words? Did they look to see more once they discovered the first one? Did they look at any of them more closely? Then take the picture of Christ and ask your class to look again at it. What do they see? What feelings does it evoke? Would they like to look at it everyday? Why? How does looking relate back to remembering? (We look to Christ)
  • In discussing the resurrection of Christ, I love the question, "Why seek ye the living among the dead?" It's a great  question to ask ourselves today- Why seek ye Christ through binge watching TV shows? Why seek ye Christ through food? Why seek ye Christ through non spiritual sources? I know we don't purposely watch hours of TV in hopes of finding Christ but we may watch hours of TV seeking the comfort and peace that only Christ can provide. Are we unconsciously seeking Christ- or the promised blessings that can be ours through Christ- in the wrong places? Are we remembering Christ or occupying our thoughts with other things?
  • Have a tray with items placed at the front of the room. Have it placed where everyone can see it as soon as they walk in. At the beginning of your lesson, let everyone take a quick glance then cover the items with a cloth and ask how many things they can remember were on the tray. Chances are those that looked at it longer can remember more. What must we do in order to remember things? What things helps us remember more? If we take time to remember often, is it easier to remember more?
  • Bring some challah into your class or simply talk about the significance it has for the Jewish. Why do they make it? What things do we do each week to remember our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ? 
  • Tie in the Creation to what we can do each Sunday. What are we creating each week? We are taking the time to prepare a beautiful creation or slapping it together last minute? You can show this by giving two people the same assignment such as making a beautiful scene. Give one person a outline to trace while the other has to draw it free hand. 
  • Make list on the board of some of the great things God has done for us on a whole as well as on an individual level.