A year off from Mormonism

I took a year-long sabbatical from going to church because I knew that if I didn’t, the alternative was probably to leave Mormonism for good.

The Sabbath is, first and foremost, about rest.

Why I Keep the Sabbath

I didn’t get serious about Sabbath until I became a parent. But it wasn’t like I had somehow grown more wise or spiritual as a new mom, or even because I wanted to set a good example for my daughter. No, I did it because I wasn’t getting enough sleep. Ever. Suddenly, Sabbath seemed like a rather fine idea.

“24/6” (My Last Sabbath Post This Year, I Promise)

I have a confession: after boldly trumpeting here on the blog that I don't turn on my computer from Saturday night to Monday morning, this weekend I violated my own rule. (It was the Olympic Games, see, and I was desperate to know how the gymnastics competition was going, see . . . .) And you know what? I don't feel very rested this week. Matthew Sleeth's forthcoming book 24/6 (out in November) explains this emptiness, arguing that the Sabbath isn't a luxury but a necessity. Oh.

How Do You Keep the Sabbath?

As part of this month's spiritual focus on Sabbath-keeping, I've been thinking about what makes for “good shabbos.” I get concerned when I hear the Sabbath presented only in negative terms — i.e., what not to do. I prefer to think about the Sabbath in positive terms: these are the things that I get to do on Sunday. And some of them are things that I only get to do on Sunday (nap), which makes them special (nap). What about you?