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How can I make the sacrament more meaningful to me?

During the sacrament each week, we should examine our lives, ponder the Savior’s Atonement, and consider what we need to do to repent of our sins. We do not need to be perfect in order to partake of the sacrament, but we should have a spirit of humility and repentance in our hearts. The sacrament can become a source of strength and an opportunity to rededicate ourselves to living the gospel.

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?

Matthew 26:26–28; 3 Nephi 18:1–13 (The Savior institutes the sacrament)

1 Corinthians 11:23–29; 3 Nephi 9:20; D&C 20:37; 59:8–12 (How to prepare to partake of the sacrament worthily)

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

Robert D. Hales, “Coming to Ourselves: The Sacrament, the Temple, and Sacrifice in Service,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2012, 34–36

Don R. Clarke, “Blessings of the Sacrament,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2012, 104–6

“Sacrament,” True to the Faith (2004), 147–49

Video: “The Sacrament Helps Us Draw Closer to Jesus Christ”

Make connections

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.

Learn together

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 paragraphs 7–9 of Elder Robert D. Hales’s talk “Coming to Ourselves: The Sacrament, the Temple, and Sacrifice in Service.” 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 these talks.
  • 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 during the sacrament (tell them they do not have to share what they write). Ask each youth to read one of the five principles in Elder Don R. Clarke’s talk “Blessings of the Sacrament” and share with the class what he or she finds. What would they say to someone who wonders why it is necessary to go to church every week? Give each class member a new card, and invite the youth to write on it the five principles and keep it with them as a reminder the next time they partake of the sacrament.

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.