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Duty to God

How can I help others have a meaningful experience with the sacrament?

The Savior instituted the sacrament as a way for His followers to remember Him and renew their sacred covenants weekly. The sacrament symbolizes the sacrifice of the flesh and blood of Jesus Christ through His Atonement on our behalf. For these reasons, sacrament meeting is most sacred and should be a time of reverent reflection and powerful spiritual renewal. As Aaronic Priesthood holders, we have an opportunity to help members of the congregation have a meaningful spiritual experience with the sacrament. Our worthiness, example, and testimony can influence their experience.

Prepare spiritually

Several days before quorum meeting, invite quorum members to prepare a short outline they could use to teach others about the sacrament and invite them to bring their outlines to quorum meeting. (Quorum members could include this in their Duty to God plan to learn and teach about covenants and ordinances; see Fulfilling My Duty to God, pages 18, 42, or 66.)

As quorum members prepare their outlines, they could refer to the video “Always Remember Him.” Ask them to read Matthew 26:26–28, including the related Joseph Smith Translation in the footnotes and in the Bible appendix, and 3 Nephi 18:1–12, looking for the purpose the Savior gave when He instituted the sacrament.

They could consider the following questions as they develop their outlines:

  • What is the purpose of the sacrament? What does it symbolize?
  • How can we always remember the Savior?
  • Why do you think it is important to partake of the sacrament weekly?
  • How can we better prepare ourselves to partake of the sacrament?
  • How can Aaronic Priesthood holders represent the Savior in administering the sacrament?

Click here to print instructions for quorum members.

Conduct quorum meeting

A member of the quorum presidency (or an assistant to the bishop in the priests quorum) conducts the quorum meeting. Filling out a quorum meeting agenda beforehand can help.

Begin the learning experience

Choose from these ideas, or think of your own, to introduce this week’s lesson:

  • Invite quorum members to take a few minutes at the beginning of the meeting to read the sacrament prayers silently (see D&C 20:77, 79) and think about the words of a favorite sacrament hymn.
  • As a quorum, briefly review principles of Christlike teaching by reviewing scriptures such as Doctrine and Covenants 11:2112:842:14. Encourage quorum members to keep these principles in mind as they share their feelings about the sacrament today.

Learn together

Invite quorum members to teach each other about the sacrament (in small groups or as an entire quorum) from the outlines they have prepared. After they have done this, invite them to talk about their experiences as they shared their testimonies. Why is it important to share with others what we are learning?

If some of the young men have not prepared outlines, give them time to do so during the quorum meeting, following the instructions under “Prepare spiritually” above. If possible, allow time for some of them to share with each other what they learn.

Invite to act

To encourage quorum members to share what they have learned, consider the following ideas:

  • Invite each quorum member to identify people with whom he could share his understanding and testimony of the doctrine of the sacrament. For example, he could teach his family, a less-active quorum member, a Young Women or Primary class, or the families he visits as a home teacher. Ask each quorum member to tell the quorum whom he has chosen. You might suggest that in addition to sharing in person, quorum members could also share through social media.
  • Arrange a time when quorum members can visit a few families in the ward and teach them about the sacrament. (A member of the bishopric or the ward mission leader may help you select families who would benefit from such a visit, such as new converts, part-member families, or families who do not attend sacrament meeting regularly.) With help from the quorum president, organize the quorum members into companionships and assign each companionship to visit one of these families. (If possible, schedule these visits to coincide with a quorum activity during the week; see “Sharing what we learn” on the Youth Activities website). If travel is a constraint, quorum members could be assigned to teach their own families.

In a future quorum meeting, invite quorum members to share their experiences.