Doctrine and Covenants 27: The Sacrament of the Latter Days

Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Student Study Guide, (2005), 38–39


Why do we use water for the sacrament instead of wine, as was done anciently and in the early days of the restored Church? Did you know that a special sacrament meeting will be held at the time of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ? Who will be there? Look for answers to these questions as you readDoctrine and Covenants 27.

Understanding the Scriptures

Doctrine and Covenants 27

Procure(section heading)Obtain 
Quick(v. 1)Alive 
Strong drink(v. 3)Drinks that contain alcohol 
Gird up your loins(v. 15)This literally means to tuck your robes into your belt to free the legs for running. It is a symbol for being prepared. 

Doctrine and Covenants 27:5—What Is the “Record of the Stick of Ephraim,” of Which Moroni Holds the “Keys”?

2 Sticks (scriptures)

The Lord told the prophet Ezekiel of two books. One was a record “for Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions,” which He called the “stick of Judah” (Ezekiel 37:16, 19). The other was a record “for Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions” (v. 16). The Jews are descendants of Judah and other tribes of the kingdom of Judah ( Bible Dictionary,“Jew,” p. 713), and their record is in the Bible. Lehi and his family were descendants of Joseph who was sold into Egypt, and the record of his descendants, and of those who joined with them, is the Book ofMormon. Moroni was the last prophet and record keeper of the Book of Mormon people and buried the plates in the Hill Cumorah (Joseph Smith—History 1:33–34).

Studying the Scriptures

Do two of the following activities (A–C) as you studyDoctrine and Covenants 27.

Activity A iconWhat Is Important?

  1. 1.

    StudyDoctrine and Covenants 27:1–4and list what is important and what is not important when partaking of the sacrament.

  2. 2.

    What preparations should you make to properly partake of the sacrament each week?

Activity B iconMake a List

Doctrine and Covenants 27:5–14describes a great sacrament meeting that will take place just before the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

  1. 1.

    SearchDoctrine and Covenants 27:5–14and list all who will be in attendance. According to verse 11, who is Michael?

  2. 2.

    Which verse indicates that many others, including yourself if you are faithful, are also to be there?

  3. 3.

    Read alsoDoctrine and Covenants 116:1and write where this meeting will be held.

  4. 4.

    Read the following scriptures and write them as cross references toDoctrine and Covenants 27:5–14;Daniel 7:9–14;Matthew 26:29;Doctrine and Covenants 107:53–57;116:1.

Activity C iconCheck Your Armor

ReviewDoctrine and Covenants 27:15–18and do the following:

  1. 1.

    In your notebook, write two examples of how being obedient to a specific commandment (such as the Word of Wisdom or prayer) is like having a suit of armor.

  2. 2.

    How would having a suit of armor like the one described in these verses help you to be worthy to attend the great sacrament meeting described in verses 5–14?

  3. 3.

    Draw a picture illustrating verses 15–18, which you could hang in your room. Be sure to label all parts of the armor.