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Sacrament Worthiness

Reading: “Arms of Safety,” Elder Jay E. Jensen of the Presidency of the Seventy, October 2008 General Conference, Priesthood Session

When we partake of the Sacrament, we renew our baptismal covenants.  It is a way for us to gain forgiveness to some degree of sins over the past week.  Since the Sacrament is so important, we should be worthy when we participate in it.  Elder Jensen teaches these things and especially encourages the Aaronic Priesthood holders to show respect for the Sacrament when adminstering it.

One thing that stood out to me is the meaning of the sacrament that Elder Jensen teaches. He says,

Elder Dallin H. Oaks has testified that there is a spiritual cleansing or healing associated with the sacrament: “The sacrament of the Lord’s Supper is a renewal of the covenants and blessings of baptism. We are commanded to repent of our sins and come to the Lord with a broken heart and a contrite spirit and partake of the sacrament. In the partaking of the bread, we witness that we are willing to take upon us the name of Jesus Christ and always remember Him and keep His commandments. When we comply with this covenant, the Lord renews the cleansing effect of our baptism. We are made clean and can always have His Spirit to be with us” (“Special Witnesses of Christ,Liahona, Apr. 2001, 14; Ensign, Apr. 2001, 13).

Elder Jensen’s talk reminded me that the Sacrament is a serious, sacred time and that when I participate I should show the utmost respect.

Usually when I am taking the sacrament I try to pray and think about things in my life I need to improve, or problems I need help with.  Lately, though, I have tended to be a little more casual.  This is in part because I am no longer leading the Sacrament hymn as I was in my old ward before I moved, so I don’t have that reminder.  Also, it is sometimes distracting to have a busy baby who doesn’t want to sit still.  Throw in sometimes getting there late, and it is often hard to really have the right attitude while taking the Sacrament.

Last Sunday we made a special effort to be there early, as I said I would in one of these posts.  We weren’t that early, but it still made a big difference, especially in taking the Sacrament.  This week I’m going to try get us early and also try to really think about the right things while the Sacrament is being passed.

How do you stay focused on the Sacrament when you have distractions, such as little kids to take care of?

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?