During the April 2015 general conference, Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles posed the question, “How can you ensure that your behavior on the Sabbath will lead to joy and rejoicing?”
He also inspired us by adding, “In addition to your going to church, partaking of the sacrament and being diligent in your specific call to serve, what other activities would help to make the Sabbath a delight for you? What sign will you give to the Lord to show your love for Him?”
Planning what to do on Sundays can be difficult, especially when you see the Sabbath as a day of restriction rather than an opportunity to get creative. Here are some ideas to help you harvest the most from your Sundays.
1. Play board games
Playing board games is a great way to shut out worldly influences and enjoy quality time with your friends, family and loved ones. Even when we’re away from our families, we can get our roommates together or some close friends and talk over a board game.
Take a trip to visit people you care about, even if you’ve completed your visiting and home teaching for the month. It doesn’t have to be someone you don’t know very well, as your mother or grandmother will always enjoy seeing you. If you do branch out and visit someone you acknowledge as an acquaintance, you could very well end up making a new friend. Everyone likes to feel like they were thought about or remembered.
3.Write in your journal
College is something that only happens once, and you will want to be able to remember it. Write down the daily details so that you won’t forget what it was like to be attending BYU-Idaho, or any other significant events, such as feeling the spirit or seeing everyday miracles. You’ll appreciate doing so in the future.
4. Visit the temple
We are so fortunate to have a temple near us. Take a trip over to the temple and spend some time being near it. Take a walk around the grounds and ponder the things that are happening in your life. The temple is a beautiful place. Take pictures of the big picture or the small details.
5. Call your family
There are many students on campus who are far away from home. Take some time and give a call to your family. It is a nice to show them that you were thinking about them, and it’s nice to catch up on what is going on in their lives.
There are many wholesome books to read on a lazy Sunday afternoon. C.S. Lewis is a great Christian author. His books often have Christian elements to them. Other authors to look into would be Orson Scott Card and Shannon Hale.
7. Revisiting general conference and devotional talks
Sunday is a great time to reread the latest conference talks or look through some of your favorite devotionals. The BYU-I website posts videos of all of the past devotionals. There are some great ones from previous semester that you possibly have not seen before.
8. Do family history
Family history has been a topic that keeps coming up in conferences. Sunday is a great day to do your part in this work. There are so many blessing that you can receive from doing your family history work.
9. Use your stove
Cooking or baking is a fantastic Sunday activity. There usually is not a lot that is going on during Sunday afternoons, so this gives you an excuse to gather together. You could also take some of the treats to your neighbors to show them that you were thinking about them and to share your talents.
10. Watch Studio C or Mormon Messages
On Sunday afternoons there is nothing better than sitting around and just doing nothing. While you are laying around, turn on Studio C or Mormon Messages. These will entertain you as well as invite the Spirit into your apartment.