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Duty to God

How can I make the sacrament more meaningful to others?

When we administer the sacrament, we should do nothing that would distract from the sacredness of the ordinance.

Prepare yourself spiritually

Prayerfully study these scriptures and resources. What can the young men do to make the sacrament more meaningful to others?

Luke 22:19–20; 3 Nephi 18:1–11 (Jesus Christ administers the sacrament)

D&C 20:76–79 (Aaronic Priesthood holders administer the sacrament)

D&C 38:42 (Priesthood holders must be worthy to perform ordinances)

Dallin H. Oaks, “Sacrament Meeting and the Sacrament,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2008, 17–20

“Administer Priesthood Ordinances,” Fulfilling My Duty to God (2010), 24–25, 48–49, 72–73

Let the young men lead

A member of the quorum presidency (or an assistant to the bishop in the priests quorum) conducts the quorum meeting. He leads the young men in counseling together about quorum business, teaches them their priesthood duties (from the scriptures and the Duty to God book), encourages them to share their experiences fulfilling their duty to God, and invites an adviser or other quorum member to teach a gospel lesson. He could prepare by filling out a quorum meeting agenda during a presidency meeting.

Begin the learning experience

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

  • Invite quorum members to share a scripture or story they remember from the previous lesson. How did they apply what they learned?
  • Read or display the following statement from the talk “Sacrament Meeting and the Sacrament” by Elder Dallin H. Oaks: “The ordinance of the sacrament makes the sacrament meeting the most sacred and important meeting in the Church.” Ask the young men to discuss why this statement is true. How do Aaronic Priesthood holders contribute to the sacredness of this meeting?

Learn together

The purpose of this lesson is to help each young man understand how they, as Aaronic Priesthood holders, can help make the sacrament a meaningful experience for members of the congregation. As part of this lesson, quorum members should make plans in their Duty to God books regarding how they administer the sacrament. Before quorum meeting, invite the young men to bring their Duty to God books with them to church. In future quorum meetings, invite them to share experiences they are having as they fulfill their plans.

  • Invite the young men to read Doctrine and Covenants 20:76–79, Luke 22:19–20, and 3 Nephi 18:1–11 in pairs. Ask them to discuss what the sacramental bread and water represent and who priesthood holders represent while preparing and administering the sacrament. With permission from the bishop, invite a few young women to visit the quorum meeting, and allow the young men to ask the young women questions such as the following: What does the ordinance of the sacrament mean to you? What can I do as an Aaronic Priesthood holder to help you have a more meaningful experience with the sacrament? Encourage the young men to ask their parents these same questions and share their answers in the next quorum meeting (see Duty to God, 24). Invite the young men to turn to the “Act” section of their Duty to God books (page 25, 49, or 73) and make plans based on what they have discussed.
  • As a quorum, read Doctrine and Covenants 38:42, and discuss how this verse applies to those who handle the “vessels” that contain the symbols of the Atonement (see Duty to God, 48). Why is it important that we be worthy to administer the sacrament? What are the consequences for us if we administer an ordinance unworthily? (see D&C 121:36–37). Invite the young men to turn to the “Act” section of their Duty to God books (page 25, 49, or 73) and make plans based on what they have discussed.
  • Invite the young men to read the sacrament prayers, identify the covenants in these prayers, and explain what they mean. What words impress them the most, and why? (See Duty to God, 72.) What can priests do as they offer the sacrament prayers to make the sacrament a more meaningful experience for the members of the congregation? Invite the young men to turn to the “Act” section of their Duty to God books (page 25, 49, or 73) and make plans based on what they have discussed.
  • As a quorum, read section V from Elder Dallin H. Oaks’s talk “Sacrament Meeting and the Sacrament.” Ask the young men to identify things they can do to help make the sacrament a more meaningful experience for ward members. Invite the young men to turn to the “Act” section of their Duty to God books (page 25, 49, or 73) and make plans based on what they have discussed.

Ask the young men to share what they learned today. Do they understand how they, as priesthood holders, can help make the sacrament a more meaningful experience for others? What feelings or impressions do they have? Do they have any additional questions? Would it be worthwhile to spend more time on this topic?

Invite to act

The young man who is conducting concludes the meeting. He could:

  • Share what he plans to do to help make the sacrament a more meaningful experience to members of the congregation.
  • Bear his testimony about the sacred privilege of administering the sacrament.