The topic of discussion for this
Constitution Monday is celebrating Independence Day, while obeying the
commandment to keep the Sabbath Day holy. Independence Day 2021 comes on a
Sunday – something that could cause a problem.
My Sabbath Day-Independence Day began in
attending sacrament meeting. The opening
was “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and the closing hymn was “My Country, ‘Tis of
Thee.” Since today was the first Sunday of the month, we heard testimonies
about the blessings of living in America as well as the blessings of the gospel.
I found it interesting – maybe even
amazing – that we could sing the national anthem to celebrate the 245th
birthday of our nation. Then, just a few minutes later, we commemorated the Atonement
of Jesus Christ in our sacramental service and renewed our covenants with God.
After our Sunday block of meetings
were over, our congregation met in the parking lot for a special gathering. Boy
Scouts provided a flag ceremony where the American flag and the Alaska flag
were posted. A Boy Scout led us in the Pledge of Allegiance, and then we sang “America
the Beautiful.” I came home and enjoyed a quiet day with my husband.
On a three-day holiday weekend when
many people leave town to go camping, the parking lot and chapel were mostly
full. I was astounded to see so many cars in the parking lot, and I was
somewhat shocked to see a full room for the gospel doctrine class. I concluded
that it is possible to celebrate the birthday of our nation on a Sunday and
keep the Sabbath Day holy.