Doctrine and Covenants 27

Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Seminary Teacher Resource Manual, (2001), 61–63


Introduction

Taking the sacrament is a privilege. President James E. Faust explained:

“Renewing our baptismal covenants as we partake of the sacrament protects us against all manner of evil. As we worthily partake of the sanctified bread and water in remembrance of the Savior’s sacrifice, we witness unto God the Father that we are willing to take upon us the name of His Son and always remember Him and to keep His commandments which He has given us. If we do these things, we will always have His Spirit to be with us [see D&C 20:77, 79]. If we partake of the sacrament regularly and are faithful to these covenants, the law will be in our inward parts and written in our hearts” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1998, 20; or Ensign, May 1998, 18).

Doctrine and Covenants 27 includes important teachings on the sacrament.

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Additional Resources

  • Church History in the Fulness of Times: Religion 341–43, p. 74.

  • Doctrine and Covenants Student Manual: Religion 324–325, pp. 55–56.

Suggestions for Teaching

Doctrine and Covenants 27:1–4. What we eat and drink for the sacrament is not as important as remembering the Savior’s atoning sacrifice and partaking worthily.

(15–20 minutes)

Tell students: Suppose that this Sunday, when you take the sacrament, instead of bread there was some other food.

  • What would be your reaction?

  • Would you still take it?

  • When might it be proper to use items other than bread and water? (When there is no bread or water available.)

President Ezra Taft Benson, then President of the Quorum of the Twelve, told of a time he visited war-torn Europe. He said, “I cannot forget the French Saints who, unable to obtain bread, used potato peelings for the emblems of the sacrament” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1980, 48; or Ensign, Nov. 1980, 33–34).

Read Doctrine and Covenants 27:1–4 and look for what the Lord said is important and what is not important when we take the sacrament. Discuss the following questions:

  • What do these verses teach about Heavenly Father?

  • In what ways can we show gratitude to Heavenly Father as we take the sacrament?

  • Why is remembering the Savior so important when we take the sacrament? (see v. 2).

  • What should we remember about the Savior?

  • How has pondering about the Savior during the sacrament made that ordinance more significant to you?

  • What are some other ways you have found to make the sacrament more meaningful?

Share the following statement by Elder Dallin H. Oaks:

“I plead with all members of the Church, young and old, to attend sacrament meeting each Sabbath day and to partake of the sacrament with the repentant attitude described as ‘a broken heart and a contrite spirit’ (3 Nephi 9:20). I pray that we will do so with the reverence and worship of our Savior that will signify a serious covenant to ‘always remember him’ (D&C 20:77). The Savior himself has said that we should partake ‘with an eye single to my glory—remembering unto the Father my body which was laid down for you, and my blood which was shed for the remission of your sins’ (D&C 27:2).

“I pray that we will also partake of the sacrament with the submissive manner that will help us accept and serve in Church callings in order to comply with our solemn covenant to take His name and His work upon us. I also plead for us to comply with our solemn covenant to keep His commandments. …

“… Let us qualify ourselves for our Savior’s promise that by partaking of the sacrament we will ‘be filled’ (3 Nephi 20:8; see also 3 Nephi 18:9), which means that we will be ‘filled with the Spirit’ (3 Nephi 20:9)” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1996, 81–82; or Ensign, Nov. 1996, 61).

Doctrine and Covenants 27:5–14. As a part of the Second Coming, the Savior will appear at the Valley of Adam-ondi-Ahman and take the sacrament with the righteous.

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Ask students to look at the photograph of the Valley of Adam-ondi-Ahman in the back of their scriptures (no. 10). Discuss what they know about this location, and list it on the board. Have a student read note 10 in the beginning of the photographs section, and compare the information there to the list on the board.

Tell students that Doctrine and Covenants 27:5–14 contains a prophecy of an important event that will take place at Adam-ondi-Ahman as part of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Read Matthew 26:26–29 and discuss the following questions:

  • What did the Savior promise He would do in verse 29?

  • Read Doctrine and Covenants 27:5. How does this verse relate to the Savior’s promise?

Share the following statement by Elder Bruce R. McConkie:

“The sacrament is to be administered in a future day, on this earth, when the Lord Jesus is present, and when all the righteous of all ages are present. This, of course, will be a part of the grand council at Adam-ondi-Ahman” (The Millennial Messiah, 587).

Have students read Doctrine and Covenants 27:5–13 and list who will take the sacrament with the Savior at Adam-ondi-Ahman. (Point out that Michael is Adam.) Discuss who these prophets are and what role they had in the Restoration of the gospel. Read verse 14 and ask:

  • Who else will be invited to this special meeting?

  • Would you like to be among those “whom my Father hath given me out of the world”? Why?

  • What do you think it would take to qualify to be among those the Father has given the Lord?

Share the following statement about Adam-ondi-Ahman by Elder Bruce R. McConkie:

“Every faithful person in the whole history of the world, every person who has so lived as to merit eternal life in the kingdom of the Father will be in attendance and will partake, with the Lord, of the sacrament” (The Promised Messiah: The First Coming of Christ [1978], 595).

Doctrine and Covenants 27:15–18. The Lord offers us protection against the temptations and evils of Satan.

(15–20 minutes)

Discuss the following questions:

  • What concerns would you have if your country called on you to fight in a war today?

  • What weapons would you want to take with you to battle?

  • What protective equipment would you like to have?

Have students read Revelation 12:9, 11–12, 17; Doctrine and Covenants 76:28–29. Then read Ephesians 6:10–12 and ask:

  • What is happening here on earth that began during our premortal existence?

  • How is this war worse than any fought with guns? (Our souls are at stake.)

  • What weapons does Satan use?

  • What weapons can we use? (The Atonement, the scriptures, our testimonies, the words of the prophets.)

Have students read Doctrine and Covenants 27:15–18 and draw on a piece of paper the armor we will need to overcome this war with Satan. Discuss what each piece of armor stands for and what spiritual protection it provides to help us “withstand the evil day” (v. 15). (For help with answers, see the commentary for these verses in Doctrine and Covenants Student Manual: Religion 324–325, p. 56.)