The Importance of Going to Church

Two weeks ago, I failed to make it to church. One thing after another, after another compounded and made it impossible for me to go. This was the first time that I missed a church meeting. I remember the moment clearly.

I felt anxious like I was missing something-and I was. The feeling I had was like I was trying to start a car with no gas. It just didn’t work. I felt empty for the remaining of the week. I felt drained. I literally felt my spirituality slipping away.

I looked forward to the next Sabbath all last week. After making it to Church yesterday, it felt like a fresh breath of air. Taking the sacrament to renew my covenants was the best feeling. Last Sunday was Fast and Testimony day as well. Hearing the testimonies of other Church Members literally filled my spiritual reservoir. I really enjoyed the second and third hour classes.

I’ve realized that going to Sacrament, Gospel Essentials class and Elders Quorum is a definite need in my life. This three hour block nourishes my spirit and strengthens my testimony. Anything else that involves the Church or its members is a bonus!

It is true that obedience to Heavenly Father brings joy, peace and happiness.  I can see why Jesus Christ said:

The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath (Mark 2:27)

6 Replies to “The Importance of Going to Church”

  1. I came across the link to your blog in someone else’s and decided to check it out this morning. My speaker’s are not hooked up on this computer, but later today I’ll use my laptop and check the videos out. In the meantime, I know exactly what you mean about missing church. I was at a conference a couple of weeks ago, and instead of staying for the Sunday sessions, I opted to leave the hotel on Saturday and head for my daughter’s house so that we could go to church together on Sunday. I needed to fill my spiritual reservoir for the next week.

    I also enjoy F & T meetings, and although it’s sometimes hard to make that long walk to the front, I did it Sunday because I started thinking about how unfair it was for me to sit there month after month listening and receiving but never (or rarely) sharing. We have a unique (I think) ward in that the bishopric has to remind us every F & T meeting that we need to conclude the testimonies by 10:05. Does that happen? NO. Now they’ve started saying that they want everyone who’s planning to bear a testimony on the stand by 10:05, and although that works pretty well, we still are usually sitting there until 10:25 or so. I’m not complaining. It’s great!

  2. Hi marlajayne,

    Thanks for your comment, let me know how you like the videos – I definitely feel the Spirit when listening to those little bits of truth.

    I think I’ve made up my mind ahead of time and for the next Fast and Testimony I’m running to the pulpit. 😀

  3. I just looked at the videos, and they are all awesome! I can’t say that I have a favorite because they’re all so good. I wish I knew the exact scripture referred to in the first one because I could use it with my nonmember family and friends when they express doubt that we lived with our Creator before coming here. I’ve never understood why the concept of an after life is so easy to grasp, but one of a “before life” is impossible for some people. To me, it makes perfect sense.

  4. marlajayne,

    I was very interested in what might have read as well and did some research on scriptures that say that we would “return to live with God” and this is what I came up with:

    Old Testament > Ecclesiastes 12:7
    Old Testament > Isaiah 10:21
    Old Testament > Isaiah 30:15
    Old Testament > Isaiah 55:7
    Old Testament > Jeremiah 24:7
    Old Testament > Hosea 3:5

    It makes perfect sense to me too! This should help others make sense of pre-existence. 🙂

  5. Thanks so much! Since you provided the links, I’ve already looked them up and will definitely find a way to include them in my conversations with family members who think I’m a little cuckoo because of my beliefs. Isn’t it great that we have the scriptures online?

    P.S. I just added you to my blogroll…hope you don’t mind.

  6. Thanks Marla Jayne,

    I enjoy reading your blog and I’ve added you to my blogroll as well 🙂

    And YES! I would definitely be lost without the scriptures being available online. This may sound awkward, but I use the free online scriptures every day. My actual scriptures that I paid a chunk of change for is used almost only on Sundays.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *