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
hymn 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.