Sacrament Meeting: Sacred Time

Reading: “Sacrament Meeting and the Sacrament,” Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, October 2008 General Conference, Saturday Morning Session

Elder Dallin H. Oaks wants us to get more out of Sacrament Meeting.  Partaking of the Sacrament in Sacrament Meeting makes it the most sacred and important meeting in the church.  He states:

By participating weekly and appropriately in the ordinance of the sacrament we qualify for the promise that we will “always have his Spirit to be with [us]” (D&C 20:77). That Spirit is the foundation of our testimony. It testifies of the Father and the Son, brings all things to our remembrance, and leads us into truth. It is the compass to guide us on our path. This gift of the Holy Ghost, President Wilford Woodruff taught, “is the greatest gift that can be bestowed upon man” (Deseret Weekly, Apr. 6, 1889, 451).

While he expresses joy that Sacrament Meeting is generally treated with more respect and sacredness than when he was young, he worries that some members do not fully appreciate or respect this important meeting.  For this reasons, he gives us many things that we should or should not do in Sacrament Meeting.

  • We should dress appropriately
  • We should not distract other from their worship
  • Specifically, we should not read other material or talk on cell phones or send text messages
  • We should come early and sit reverently rather than visit
  • The music should be focused on the Savior, not on performance
  • The meeting should focus on the Atonement
  • Those who administer the Sacrament should wear white
  • Those who administer the Sacrament should be worthy

There have been many times I have gone to Sacrament Meeting and felt the Spirit and learned lessons I needed to learn.  Sacrament Meeting, in my experience, is indeed a sacred time that can greatly enhance our spiritual lives if we are humble and ready to learn.

The one thing that he reccommends that I feel I am weakest on is getting to church on time so that we have some time to sit and prepare for the Sacrament.  This week I am going to make a special effort to get our family there 10 minutes early so that we can truly be ready.

How do you get the most out of Sacrament Meeting?

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2 comments so far

  1. Raymond Teodo on

    I play the prelude music for sacrament meeting each Sunday morning before the ward organist arrives. This helps me feel the spirit and motivates me to stay focused on the upcoming meeting. As the sacrament is being passed, I leave my hymn book open to the sacrament hymn we had just sung and re-read the words of the hymn, to help me stay focused when I partake of the sacrament…

  2. Michaela Stephens on

    When I was growing up, my parents decided the same thing that you decided — that we needed to get to church about 10 minutes early to have time to get in the proper frame of mind. They announced their decision to us kids and got us thinking about things we needed to do differently in our Sunday morning routine to be able to meet that goal. They also reminded us of our goal on Sunday morning and we tried to cooperate. As I remember it made a difference.


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