Understanding the Scriptures
|Doth witness (vv. 10–11)||Testifies in a specific way|
|Lest (vv. 15, 18)||For fear that|
|Sift you as wheat (v. 18)||Have you in his power|
|Partake of my flesh and blood (vv. 28–30)||Partake of the sacrament|
|Minister (vv. 28, 30, 32)||Serve, bless|
|Damnation (v. 29)||Stopping of spiritual progression|
|Full purpose of heart (v. 32)||A personal resolve to be obedient|
|Condemnation (v. 33)||Punishment|
3 Nephi 18:6–14—The Blessings of the Sacrament
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland taught: “Every ordinance of the gospel focuses in one way or another on the atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ, and surely that is why this particular ordinance with all its symbolism and imagery comes to us more readily and more repeatedly than any other in our life. It comes in what has been called ‘the most sacred, the most holy, of all the meetings of the Church’ (Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, comp. Bruce R. McConkie, 3 vols. [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1954–56], 2:340)” (in Conference Report, Sept.–Oct. 1995, 88–89; or Ensign, Nov. 1995, 67–68).
Elder Melvin J. Ballard, who was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, said:
“Who is there among us that does not wound his spirit by word, thought, or deed, from Sabbath to Sabbath? We do things for which we are sorry and desire to be forgiven. … If there is a feeling in our souls that we would like to be forgiven, then the method to obtain forgiveness is not through rebaptism; … but it is to repent of our sins, to go to those against whom we have sinned or transgressed and obtain their forgiveness and then repair to the sacrament table where, if we have sincerely repented and put ourselves in proper condition, we shall be forgiven, and spiritual healing will come to our souls. …
“I am a witness that there is a spirit attending the administration of the sacrament that warms the soul from head to foot; you feel the wounds of the spirit being healed, and the load being lifted. Comfort and happiness come to the soul that is worthy and truly desirous of partaking of this spiritual food” (Melvin J. Ballard: Crusader for Righteousness , 132–33).
3 Nephi 18:28–29—When Are We Worthy to Partake of the Sacrament?
Elder John H. Groberg, a member of the Seventy, taught: “If we desire to improve (which is to repent) and are not under priesthood restriction, then, in my opinion, we are worthy. If, however, we have no desire to improve, if we have no intention of following the guidance of the Spirit, we must ask: Are we worthy to partake, or are we making a mockery of the very purpose of the sacrament?” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1989, 50; or Ensign, May 1989, 38).
Studying the Scriptures
Do activity A and activity B or C as you study 3 Nephi 18.
Deepen Your Understanding
Write five important truths we can learn about the sacrament from what Jesus taught in 3 Nephi 18:1–14, 28–32.
Having read 3 Nephi 18:1–14, 28–32 and the quotations about the sacrament from the “Understanding the Scriptures” section, write a plan for what you intend to do to make the sacrament a more meaningful part of your life.
What Is the Question?
Write five questions about prayer that could be answered from 3 Nephi 18:15–23. After each question, write your answer, along with the verse the answer came from.