The Sacrament= Spiritual Growth

From a talk by Elder Melvin J. Ballard (1873−1939)

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The Sacrament=Spiritual Growth

“I have always looked on this blessed privilege [partaking of the sacrament frequently] as the means of spiritual growth. … It is necessary, for our spiritual body, that we should partake of this sacrament and by it obtain spiritual food for our souls.”

Three important things for us to consider:

  1. Spiritual hunger: “We must come to the sacrament table hungering and thirsting for righteousness, for spiritual growth.”
  2. Self-reflection and safety: “The sacrament table … is the place for self-investigation, for self-inspection, where we may … rectify our course and make right our own lives.”
  3. Preparing to enter the divine presence. “Without spiritual growth we shall not be prepared to enter into the divine presence.”

“Let us go unto Him in His appointed hour … and through our faithfulness find all the blessings attendant upon this sacred observance of this holy ordinance.”


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