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The Sacrament is a sacred ordinance that we participate in on a weekly basis. Do we tend to view it more lightly because it is so frequent? Or do we understand and reverence it more because we participate in it regularly?
The Sacrament is something I've pondered over the years as I've passed through various stages- a child, a college student in a singles ward, married without kids, tending a to a crying child, helping older children understand the significance of it. As we go through different life stages, we see things through different perspectives but the sacrament is still extremely personal at each stage.
Each time the tray is passed from person to person, it is a personal moment between them and God. The Savior atoned personally for their sins. Individually, we are responsible for how we treat our covenants with God yet it is an ordinances we participate in at the same time each week together.
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One of the words that continues to stand out to me during the Sacrament is "remember." We need to remember Him always, remember the covenants we make and remember to live worthily of them. Another word is "always"- not just on Sunday, a few times a week, but always. How do our lives change when we are always remembering our Savior?
- Order 5x7 prints of the I Will Always Remember Him handout above from Shutterfly as reminder of your lesson. People can stick them in their scriptures to look at often, hang their fridge, etc.
- Set up the front table as one would for Passover. Talk about the significance of how it's set, what you eat. Then talk about the Last Supper and Sacrament today. Note the similarities and differences as well as the symbolism throughout.
- Gather items that represent significant milestones during the mortal ministry of Christ at the feast of the Passover through the years (1st paragraph, section 2). What is the significance of this?
- Write D&C 20:77 & 79 on the board leaving out key words such as "remember." See if your class can fill in the blanks.
- Give each class member a small piece of paper to write a word that describes what the sacrament means to them. Ask everyone to pass their papers down the row and collect them on a tray. Read a few of the words out loud and discuss.
- Each week we are handed the sacrament trays and take something. What are we giving in return?
- Remember to join our private Facebook Group for more ideas and thoughts. I'll do a video within the next couple of weeks as well.
Questions to Ponder
- What can you learn from the Passover?
- How is the Passover linked to Easter?
- What is the last supper significant to you?
- How is the sacrament a "covenant of safety" for you?
- As you read President Hunter's account of partaking the sacrament (section 3), what impress you?
- How would you describe taking the sacrament?
- What can you learn from President Hunter's account about making the sacrament more meaningful?
- What meaning does the sacrament have for you personally?
- Why do you look forward to taking the sacrament every week?
- How has partaking of the sacrament blessed your life?
- Why do you think the sacrament is repeated weekly?
- How do you feel during the passing of the sacrament?
- How do you prepare yourself for the sacrament?
- How do you keep the covenants you make during the sacrament all week?
Suggested Study Schedule
Watch: Preparation of Howard W. Hunter: Desire to Pass the Sacrament (about 1 minute)
Watch: The Last Supper (about 6 minutes)
Watch: The Passover (about 3 minutes)
"The Sacrament and the Atonement" by Elder James J. Hamula
"Indeed, the ordinance of the sacrament helps us faithfully endure to the end and receive the fulness of the Father in the same way Jesus did, grace for grace."
"The Sacrament- a Renewal for the Soul" by Sister Cheryl A. Esplin (I love that title)
"The sacrament provides a time for a truly spiritual experience as we reflect upon the Savior’s redeeming and enabling power through His Atonement."
"'This Do in Remembrance of Me'" by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
"If remembering is the principal task before us, what might come to our memory when those plain and precious emblems are offered to us?"
"To Always Remember Him" by Elder D. Todd Christofferson
"When we always remember the Savior, we can 'cheerfully do all things that lie in our power,' confident that His power and love for us will see us through."
"Always Retain a Remission of Your Sins" by Elder David A. Bednar
"The act of partaking of the sacrament, in and of itself, does not remit sins. But as we prepare conscientiously and participate in this holy ordinance with a broken heart and a contrite spirit, then the promise is that we may always have the Spirit of the Lord to be with us."
There are many sacrament hymns, however, some are only appropriate for Sacrament Meeting.
"Again, Our Dear Redeeming Lord"- Hymn #179
"Behold the Great Redeemer Die"- Hymn #191
"Gently Raise the Sacred Strain"- Hymn #146
"God Loved Us, So He Sent His Son"- Hymn #187
"He Died! The Great Redeemer Died"- Hymn #192
"How Great the Wisdom and the Love"- Hymn #195
"I Stand All Amazed"- Hymn #193
"Jesus, Once of Humble Birth" Hymn #196
"O Thou, Before the World Began"- Hymn #189
"There Is a Green Hill Far Away,"- Hymn #194
"Upon the Cross of Calvary"- Hymn #184