“Ye shall keep my sabbaths…Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.”
“The Sabbath Day shall be kept holy in Tonga and no person shall practice his trade or profession or conduct any commercial undertaking on the Sabbath Day except according to law; and any agreement made or witnessed on that day shall be null and void and of no legal effect.”
While Tonga’s constitution protects the Sabbath Day, it does not force religion upon Tongans:
“All Men are free to practice their religion and to worship God as they may deem fit in accordance with the dictates of their own worship consciences and to assemble for religious service in such places as they may appoint.”
Though Tongans are not forced to be religious, the majority of Tongans choose to be religious in their observance of the Sabbath Day. Here are a few things Tongans do to keep the Sabbath Day holy.
3 Ways Tongans keep the Sabbath holy
1) Tongans close stores and businesses on the Sabbath.
Almost every Tongan business is closed on Sunday. Even public transportation stops, including buses and taxis.
2) Tongans prepare for the Sabbath on Saturday.
Many Tongans will prepare their Sunday meal on Saturday night so as to avoid having to cook large meals on the Sabbath.
3) Tongans attend church on the Sabbath.
The vast majority of Tongans are Christian and many attend church regularly. Tongan church meetings often include biblical readings, sermons, singing and dancing.
“Let us prepare and conduct ourselves on the Sabbath in a manner that will call down the blessings promised us upon ourselves and our families. I bear my special witness that the greatest joy we receive in this life is in following the Savior. May we keep His commandments by keeping His sacred day holy.”
- L. Tom Perry
I know God blesses us as we keep His day holy. Throughout my life I have tried to not work, exercise or study school subjects on the Sabbath. Instead I have sought to attend church, read the scriptures, pray and visit others on the Sabbath. I know God has and will continue to bless me as I keep the Sabbath day holy.