Prepare yourself spiritually
Prayerfully study these scriptures and resources. What can you share with the youth to help them have a more meaningful experience with the sacrament?
Dallin H. Oaks, “Sacrament Meeting and the Sacrament,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2008, 17–20
Cheryl A. Esplin, “The Sacrament—a Renewal for the Soul,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2014, 12–14
James J. Hamula, “The Sacrament and the Atonement,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2014, 83–85
“Sacrament,” True to the Faith (2004), 147–49
During the first few minutes of every class, help the youth make connections between what they are learning in various settings (such as personal study, seminary, other Church classes, or experiences with their friends). How can you help them see the relevance of the gospel in daily living? The ideas below might help:
- Ask the youth to share a time when a teacher effectively taught a gospel principle.
- Ask the youth to finish the sentence “I can make the sacrament more meaningful to me by ___________.” Invite them to list their answers on the board and add to the list throughout the lesson.
Each of the activities below will help the youth learn how to make the sacrament more meaningful to them. Following the inspiration of the Spirit, select one or more that will work best for your class:
- Show a picture of the Savior administering the sacrament (see Gospel Art Book, 54). While you read Matthew 26:26–28, ask the youth to look at the picture and imagine what it would have been like to be there. Share ways the sacrament has strengthened your love for the Savior and testimony of the Atonement. Invite the youth to share their testimonies. Encourage the youth to ponder what they have discussed today the next time they partake of the sacrament. What other events from the life of the Savior could they think about during the sacrament?
- Invite the youth to share their favorite sacrament hymn (if necessary, they can look in the topic index at the back of the hymnbook) and explain why it is meaningful to them. Sing, listen to, or read one or more of these hymns, and read the scriptures listed at the end of each hymn. What do we learn about the sacrament from the hymns? How do hymns help us prepare for the sacrament?
- Invite each class member to select one of the scriptures in this outline and read it, looking for things the Lord asks us to do to prepare for the sacrament. Ask the youth to share what they find. Why does the Lord want us to prepare for the sacrament in these ways? Invite them to share other things they do to make the sacrament a more meaningful experience. Ask the youth to choose something they will do as they prepare to partake of the sacrament next week.
- Invite the youth to read sections II and III of Elder Dallin H. Oaks’s talk “Sacrament Meeting and the Sacrament” or the story about the Young Women leader in Sister Cheryl A. Esplin’s talk “The Sacrament—a Renewal for the Soul.” Ask them to look for answers to the question “How can I make the sacrament more meaningful to me?” Invite them to write their answers on the board and share something they plan to do to apply the counsel in the talk they have read.
- If possible, visit the sacrament table and preparation room as a class. Invite Aaronic Priesthood holders (teachers or priests) or the bishop to explain how the sacrament is prepared and to bear testimony of the sacredness of this ordinance. Invite other class members to share their testimonies and their thoughts about what they can do to treat the sacrament with more reverence.
- Give each class member a small card, and ask the youth to list the things they thought about the last time they partook of the sacrament (tell them they do not have to share what they write). Invite them to read the seventh and eighth paragraphs of Elder James J. Hamula’s talk “The Sacrament and the Atonement,” looking for truths they can think about during the sacrament. Either on their cards or somewhere else, they could list some things they want to think about to help them focus on the Savior the next time they partake of the sacrament. They could also list some of the scriptures Elder Hamula cites or other scriptures about the Atonement.
Ask the youth to share what they learned today. What feelings or impressions do they have? Do they understand how to make the sacrament more meaningful to them? Do they have any additional questions? Would it be worthwhile to spend more time on this topic?
Invite to act
Ask the youth what they feel inspired to do because of what they learned today. Encourage them to act on these feelings. Seek the Spirit as you prayerfully consider ways you can follow up.