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Mar. 23rd, 2014 at 8:55 am
I am to the point in my life where I don’t bother remembering much. I’ll read a book, thoroughly enjoy it and then a year later, pick it up and reread it, not remembering I already read it until the very last chapter.
I don’t strain my brain paying attention to General Conference talks, beyond taking note which speakers gave me a warm, fuzzy feeling so I can track down their talk online later on if I need to.
It is rare that I recall anything in an Ensign magazine article. Heck, I forget the Visiting Teaching message before I even finish reading it. Yawn.
I’m sure there are lots of reasons for my inattention and I promise I am doing my best health-wise, meanwhile when I do remember something, it is a big deal.
What I remembered last night is an Ensign article about a guy from a foreign country (The Philippines? Who knows.) who had a business growing carrots. He worked hard and his business was ok. Then he met the missionaries and took the missionary lessons. He was challenged by the idea of not working on Sunday. He had always worked every day. After he joined the church, he decided to spend Sundays at church. He closed his business and sent his employees home. His business boomed. Because he kept the Sabbath Day holy, he was blessed by Heavenly Father to make business connections that took his work to a new level and now he has prosperity beyond his wildest dreams. He testified that not working on Sunday was the key to his business success.
The article got me thinking. A lot of successful, high-powered Mormons have businesses that stay open on Sunday. (Marriott, anyone?) I haven’t been to Salt Lake City in years so I haven’t seen the mall across the street from the temple down town, but I doubt City Creek mall, which is owned by the church, closes on Sundays.
If I owned a store or retail business of any kind, I wouldn’t have a problem keeping it open on Sunday. I wouldn’t work there myself on Sunday, but I am sure I could find employees who would be thrilled to work on Sunday. My holy day is another work day for my Jewish and Seventh-Day Adventists friends. Why shouldn’t they be able to work or shop on Sunday? My Sabbath is mine and I don’t need to stop the world from revolving on my day of rest. I think the most important part of keeping the Sabbath day holy is the recognition it is good to take a day of rest, worship and reflection, whichever day that is for you.
I know Hobby Lobby craft store closes on Sunday and makes a point to put on their store hour sign that they close so their employees can worship. That’s fine, my Jewish friends just shop at Micheal’s craft store on Sunday.
Do you pay attention to stores that close on Sunday? Does it matter to you and do you go out of your way to be loyal to a business that closes on Sunday? As a business owner, do you expect to be financially blessed by sacrificing business on the Sabbath?