One of the highlighted presenters in the CN was good ol' John Bytheway entitled, "The Best Three Hours of the Week: Getting the Most from Your Sunday Meetings." I have a pretty energetic 16 month old and I have a hard time paying attention on Sunday, so it was nice to have a repremand and ways to improve.
He said the first thing we need to examine is our attitude toward the Sabbath. Then, he used the acronym of CHURCH to offer improvements:
- The choice to get more out of Sunday meetings actually begins with Saturday night. Don't stay out (or up) too late.
- Pray for the speakers/teachers, and give yourself a smaller sermon in your mind about whatever topic they are addressing.
- Ezekiel 20: 20: "And hallow my Sabbaths..."
- Not participating in activities that run over into the Sabbath
- D&C 38:27: "I say unto you, be one. And if ye are not one, ye are not mine."
- When you disrespect your called-and-sustained teacher, leaders or advisers, you disrespect the One who called them. In other words, you disrespect the Lord.
- The most important thing we do on Sundays is partaking of the Sacrament
- Elder Holland has suggested Aaronic Priesthood holders wear white shirts when passing
- Ponder on the Savior during the actual passing of the sacrament---Brother Bytheway thinks about the video "Lamb of God" and when it shows the empty tomb.
- It's your job as a listener and my job as the listener as well as the teacher's job (to be in tune with the Spirit) so that we get something out of our meetings