Monday, December 8, 2014

Eli Herring: the holy Sabbath day or just the weekend?


Eli Herring, a famous BYU offensive lineman, made history for a very special reason. After much consideration, he chose not to join any of the NFL teams who wanted him. 

Eli's reason? His father said it beautifully: 

"Our great grandfathers called it the holy Sabbath day
Our grandfathers called it the Sabbath
Our fathers called it Sunday
And now, we just call it the weekend
We feel like our great grandfathers did about the holy Sabbath day” (John Bytheway, quoting David L. Herring, quoted by John Bytheway in “Family Night with John Bytheway: Keeping the Sabbath Day Holy”). 



Here you can watch the video clip of John Bytheway telling Eli Herring's story about the holy Sabbath.


You can read Eli's story in this New Era article. 

Here is a Ricks College devotional that Eli gave in January 1998. It's called, "Adding Meaning to Your Life through the Savior." Watch how tiny he makes David A. Bednar look! 


Eli and Jennifer Herring lived in our BYU married student ward at Wymount Terrace. He was a high counselor. They are quiet yet powerful examples to the masses of what it means to stand in holy places, even if you stand alone. 

So which is it for you? Do you see it and treat it like the holy Sabbath day, or just the weekend? 


Here are some quotes to inspire you to keep the Sabbath a holy day. 



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