Shabbat in Samoa


To the Editor:

As a Seventh-day Adventist we have in common with the Jews the keeping of the seventh day for the Shabbat. I understand that in Samoa the change to west of the International Date Line will cause a jump from Thursday to Saturday, so there will be no loss of a Shabbat in the change.

Shabbat will fall on a different day than what it was before. However, there will be millions of people on the new side of the date line who will be keeping Shabbat with them. In this situation I see no problem: Simply keep the new "Seventh-day" with all the others on the western side of the date line. People who travel across the date line do this all the time.

Hubert F. Sturges
Grand Junction, Colo.

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