The Sacrament—Remembering the Savior10488_000_009
The sacrament is a sacred priesthood ordinance performed each Sunday. Jesus Christ instituted this ordinance when He was on the earth and restored it in our day through the Prophet Joseph Smith. “The ordinance of the sacrament,” said Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “makes the sacrament meeting the most sacred and important meeting in the Church.”1
The Lord has commanded us to meet together and take the sacrament each Sunday (see D&C 20:75). Aaronic Priesthood holders bless and pass the bread and water to members of the congregation, who take the sacrament in remembrance of the body and blood of Jesus Christ. In doing so, they recommit to live the covenants they made with God when they were baptized. Specifically, they promise to always remember Jesus Christ, to take His name upon them, and to keep His commandments (see D&C 20:77).
Proper preparation to take the sacrament includes repenting, desiring to follow the Savior, and having a “broken heart and a contrite spirit” (3 Nephi 9:20). Taking the sacrament is a weekly opportunity for introspection and rededication. Reverence and prayer enhance the experience. Individuals who have committed serious sins should not take the sacrament until they have repented, including confessing to their bishop or branch president (see 3 Nephi 18:28–30).
Worthily partaking of the sacrament brings great blessings, such as forgiveness of sins, the companionship of the Holy Ghost, and sanctification—being made holy—through the Atonement.
Jesus Christ instituted the sacrament among His Twelve Apostles on the night before His Crucifixion (see Luke 22:19–20).
After His Resurrection, the Savior instituted the sacrament in the Americas (see 3 Nephi 18:1–11).
Holders of the Aaronic Priesthood prepare, bless, and pass the sacrament under the direction of the bishop or branch president.
During sacrament meeting, we concentrate on worship and refrain from behavior that would distract others.
We remember the Savior’s life, example, teachings, and Atonement as we reverently take the sacrament.
“We acknowledge that all of us make mistakes. Each of us has a need to confess and forsake our sins and errors to our Heavenly Father and to others we may have offended. The Sabbath provides us with a precious opportunity to offer up these—our sacraments—to the Lord.”
Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “The Sabbath and the Sacrament,” Liahona and Ensign, May 2011, 8.
Those who are not familiar with our Sunday meetings might wonder if those of other faiths can attend our worship services and take the sacrament. All are welcome to attend church with us. The sacrament is intended to help members renew their covenants, but if taking the sacrament helps visitors worship, they are welcome to do so.
Dallin H. Oaks, “Sacrament Meeting and the Sacrament,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2008, 17.