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My Sleeping Sin?

Don - March 20, 2006

We are all familiar with D&C 88:124 "… retire to thy bed early, that ye may not be weary; arise early, that your bodies and your minds may be invigorated." What is early?

Back when this revelation was given people pretty much were regulated by the sunrise and sunset of the seasons. Sure they had candles and lanterns but they certainly didn’t stay up to midnight watching Leno. Since our store doesn’t open until 10am, I can pretty much sleep in until 9-9:30am and still make it to work on time. That means I can stay up and watch Leno, shower and still get to bed by 12:30-1am and sleep for 8 hours.

So am I a commandment breaker? Am I missing blessings I should be getting from D&C 88? What does it really mean by early? What really is eary to bed? What’s early to rise?

If my schedule isn’t ok, then would it be ok if I stayed up and did my scripture study and lesson prep until midnight instead of Leno?


  1. I was thinking about posting on this same thing Don. I’d say “early” in that verse means early enough. It sounds to me like waking up at 9:00-9:30 AM is early enough for you.

    If you’re worried (and I doubt you really are) double check with God. I’d be shocked if he cared…

    Comment by Geoff J — March 20, 2006 @ 6:40 pm

  2. This verse has always troubled me because I’m in every way a night owl. I don’t mind the early morning when I actually do wake up and am invigorated, (I wish I could do it more often) but that’s a rarity.

    I’ve heard numerous opinions, thoughts, and supposed quotes on how the morning is when your mind is clearest and most attuned to the spirit.

    There may be some truth to that but some of my poorest grades have come from my earliest classes.

    None of this is encouraging seeing as I’m trying to get a job right now as a school teacher! Does anyone have any tips on how to turn a night owl into an early bird?

    Comment by Bret — March 20, 2006 @ 7:28 pm

  3. Yes Bret:

    Take a trip to a different time zone, get all confused, return, and your jet lag will have you all fixed up on a totally different schedule. Works for me!

    Comment by meems — March 20, 2006 @ 9:17 pm

  4. Your real sin is watching Leno. You should be watching Letterman. :-)

    Comment by Ian Cook — March 20, 2006 @ 9:41 pm

  5. No, no, no, if you’re going to be up that late watching tv it should be good tv. Go rent the first and second season of Arrested Development or Lost or Six Feet Under or something and watch that. Don’t waste your time waiting for your two laughs from Letterman.

    Comment by Rusty — March 20, 2006 @ 10:05 pm

  6. If you’re sinning, then thousands of policemen, doctors, nurses, and security guards are going straight to hell. And deserve it they do. Everyone knows that coronaries only happen during business hours ;)

    Comment by D-Train — March 20, 2006 @ 10:08 pm

  7. D-Train,
    …and not on the Sabbath!

    Comment by Rusty — March 20, 2006 @ 10:20 pm

  8. I don’t think the verse means actual times. I think that it means getting into good habits as far as sleeping, working, and nutrition. I don’t think the Lord cares whether it’s 6am or 9pm when you arise. I think it’s more that He doesn’t want us strung out working 36 hours straight, depending on coffee and cigs to get us through another day.

    Comment by Chad — March 20, 2006 @ 11:51 pm

  9. Just another example of graffiti spray painted on the scriptures. Should have never been canonized. Safe to ignore this one as long out of date.

    Comment by Steve EM — March 21, 2006 @ 10:48 am

  10. meems,

    Clever, but I’m no good at fooling myself. Same reason why setting a clock ahead 10 minutes wouldn’t work on me. Thanks anyway though:)


    We already watch “Lost” and it’s more of finding all that stuff on the History channel, Discovery, or the National Geographic channel late that’s so dang interesting.

    Conan’s the funniest by far anyway.

    Comment by Bret — March 22, 2006 @ 4:29 pm

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