Understanding the Scriptures
|Administering (v. 1)||Preparing and serving officially|
|Sanctify (v. 3)||Make holy, purify|
Moroni 5:1—The Sacrament
Speaking to the young men of the Church, Elder Robert D. Hales, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, said:
“You young deacons, teachers, and priests: Are you worthy to officiate in the preparation, passing, and blessing of the sacrament? These are sacred responsibilities. The bread and water are emblems of our Savior’s flesh and blood; they represent His atoning sacrifice.
“Think of that for a moment. The sacrament that you administer each week is in remembrance of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. The wondrous gift of the Atonement overcomes physical death unconditionally, and it is infinite because it is for all who have lived or will ever live in mortality. Through the Atonement, we are all redeemed from the Fall of Adam and will be resurrected.
“However, for the full blessings of the Atonement to take effect in our lives and allow us to return to live with our Heavenly Father, we must repent of our sins and be faithful in obeying the commandments of God. Thus, the redemptive blessings of repentance and forgiveness are an important part of the Atonement, but they are conditional upon our faithfulness in obeying the commandments and the ordinances of God.
“Oh, how the Lord blesses worthy bearers of the Aaronic Priesthood who bless and pass the sacrament to faithful members of the Church in His memory! And how He blesses those who partake of the sacrament worthily!” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1996, 50; or Ensign, May 1996, 35–36).
Studying the Scriptures
Do activity A as you study Moroni 4–5.
Remember the Covenant
When we partake of the sacrament we renew the covenants we made at baptism. Carefully read the sacrament prayers in Moroni 4:3 and 5:2, and then answer the following questions:
What promises do you make to God when you partake of the sacrament?
What are the blessings the Lord promises those who keep their covenants?
What is one goal you can set to help you keep the covenants you renew during the sacrament?
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