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					The Sacrament
 Which of these is of the greatest
 Importance in your lives?
Events in the Life of Jesus

  He was born under miraculous
  At his baptism, the Holy Ghost
   descended upon him.
  He performed many miracles that testify
   of his divinity.
 He calmed the sea.
 He introduced the sacrament at the Last
 He suffered for the sins of all mankind,
  died, and was resurrected.
 He taught the proper way to pray.
 He fed five thousand people with a few
  loaves and fishes.
 He prophesied of his second coming.
If the Savior had not done
       this one thing,
     none of the others
 would matter very much.
The Last Supper –
The Sacrament reminds of us Christ’s Suffering
  How can the sacrament
    remind us of Christ’s
suffering for mankind’s sins,
     His death, and His
“Our Father in heaven … loved his Son, Jesus Christ, better than
  Abraham ever loved Isaac, for our Father had with him his
  Son, our Redeemer, in the eternal worlds, faithful and true for
  ages, standing in a place of trust and honor, and the Father
  loved him dearly, and yet he allowed this well-beloved Son to
  descend from his place of glory and honor, where millions did
  him homage, down to the earth, condescension that is not
  within the power of man to conceive. He came to receive the
  insult, the abuse, and the crown of thorns. God heard the cry of
  his Son in that moment of great grief and agony, in the garden
  when, it is said, the pores of his body opened and drops of
  blood stood upon him, and he cried out: ‘Father, if thou be
  willing, remove this cup from me.’ …
“… His Father looked on with great grief and agony over his
  Beloved Son, until there seems to have come a moment when
  even our Savior cried out in despair, ‘My God, my God, why
  hast thou forsaken me?’ ”
How do you think parents would feel
 watching one of their children suffer
      as our Heavenly Father
      watched his Son suffer?
“In that hour I think I can see our dear Father behind the veil looking upon
    these dying struggles until even he could not endure it any longer; and, like
    the mother who bids farewell to her dying child, has to be taken out of the
    room, so as not to look upon the last struggles, so he bowed his head, and
    hid in some part of his universe, his great heart almost breaking for the love
    that he had for his Son. Oh, in that moment when he might have saved his
    Son, I thank him and praise him that he did not fail us, for he had not only
    the love of his Son in mind, but he also had love for us. I rejoice that he did
    not interfere, and that his love for us made it possible for him to endure to
    look upon the sufferings of his Son and give him finally to us, our Savior and
    our Redeemer. Without him, without his sacrifice, we would have remained,
    and we would never have come glorified into his presence. And so this is
    what it cost, in part, for our Father in Heaven to give the gift of his Son unto
    men” (Melvin J. Ballard, Sermons and Missionary Services of Melvin Joseph
    Ballard, comp. Bryant S. Hinckley [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1949],
    pp. 153–55).
The sacrament is a weekly
reminder to:
  Take upon us the name of Christ
  Always remember Him
  Keep His commandments
READ Mosiah 18:8-10
  8 And it came to pass that he said unto them: Behold, here are the
   waters of Mormon (for thus were they called) and now, as ye are
   desirous to come into the fold of God, and to be called his people,
   and are willing to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be
  9 Yea, and are willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and
   comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as
   witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places
   that ye may be in, even until death, that ye may be redeemed of
   God, and be numbered with those of the first resurrection, that ye
   may have eternal life—
  10 Now I say unto you, if this be the desire of your hearts, what
   have you against being baptized in the name of the Lord, as a
   witness before him that ye have entered into a covenant with him,
   that ye will serve him and keep his commandments, that he may
   pour out his Spirit more abundantly upon you?
Melvin J. Ballard, a former Apostle, related his feelings about

taking the sacrament and standing as a witness of God

      “I need the sacrament. I need to renew my covenant every week. I need
       the blessing that comes with and through it. I know that what I am talking
       about is true. I bear witness to you that I know that the Lord lives. I know
       that He has made this sacrifice and this atonement. He has given me a
       foretaste of these things. …
      “I know that He lives, and I know that through Him men must find their
       salvation, and that we cannot ignore this blessed offering that He has
       given us as the means of our spiritual growth to prepare us to come to
       Him and be justified. …
      “Go to the sacrament table. Ah, that is a blessed privilege that I now
       rejoice in, and I would be ashamed, I know, … to stand in His presence
       and try to offer any apology or any excuse for not having kept His
       commandments and honored Him by bearing witness, before the Father
       and before men, that I believe in Him, and that I take upon me His
       blessed name, and that I live by and through Him spiritually”
Doctrine and Covenants 59:9

  9 And that thou mayest more fully keep
   thyself unspotted from the world, thou
   shalt go to the house of prayer and offer
   up thy sacraments upon my holy day;
 The sacrament helps us keep ourselves
  unspotted from the world.
3 Nephi 9:19–20
  19 And ye shall offer up unto me no more the shedding
   of blood; yea, your sacrifices and your burnt offerings
   shall be done away, for I will accept none of your
   sacrifices and your burnt offerings.
  20 And ye shall offer for a sacrifice unto me a broken
   heart and a contrite spirit. And whoso cometh unto me
   with a broken heart and a contrite spirit, him will I
   baptize with fire and with the Holy Ghost, even as the
   Lamanites, because of their faith in me at the time of
   their conversion, were baptized with fire and with the
   Holy Ghost, and they knew it not.
 We should no longer sacrifice by the
  shedding of blood.
 Our sacrifice should be a broken heart and a
  contrite spirit.
 Then we will receive the Holy Ghost.
John 6:51, 54, 56
  51 I am the living bread which came down from
   heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall
   live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my
   flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.
  54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my
   blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up
   at the last day.
  56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my
   blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.
 The sacrament can help us be one with Jesus
  Christ and gain eternal life.
1 Corinthians 11:29

  29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily,
   eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not
   discerning the Lord’s body.
 We should not partake of the sacrament
What should we do
during the Sacrament?
  “If we approach the sacrament each week in
   the attitude of actively bringing a personal,
   specific offering—a humble promise to conquer
   a weakness that is separating us from the
   Savior—the sacrament will take on an infinitely
   richer meaning in our lives. Our relationship to
   Christ will grow and deepen as we make and
   keep such promises, and thereby progress in
   honoring our sacramental covenants”
                                     W. Cole Durham, Jr
 “To make a covenant with the Lord to always
  keep His commandments is a serious obligation,
  and to renew that covenant by partaking of the
  sacrament is equally serious. The solemn
  moments of thought while the sacrament is
  being served have great significance. They are
  moments of self-examination, introspection, self-
  discernment—a time to reflect and to resolve”
                                      Howard W. Hunter
We should:

  Bring a personal, specific offering
  A humble promise to conquer a
  Solemn thoughts
  Self Examination
  Reflect and Resolve
Throughout Pam’s fifteen years in the
Church, she had partaken of the sacrament
almost every Sunday. As the tray came by,
she took the bread and water just as the
people on her left and right were doing. She
was almost always quiet and reverent, but she
felt that something was missing from the
sacrament ordinance.
What was Pam forgetting to do
 during the sacrament service?
Pam didn’t realize what she was missing until one Sunday a
lesson was given in Sunday School by a very conscientious
and prayerful teacher. He carefully explained the purpose of
the sacrament and how to prepare for it each week. As Pam
listened to the lesson, she suddenly realized that she had
never partaken of the sacrament with a repentant heart,
praying for forgiveness, or with the thought in mind of
renewing covenants that she had made through baptism.
Pam decided to put into practice the next week the things she
had learned in that Sunday School lesson. She knew there
were some problems in her life that she needed to work on,
and even though it was not fast Sunday, she fasted the next
Sunday morning. As she partook of the sacrament, she
prayed silently that the renewal of her commitments would
be acceptable to the Lord.
During the entire sacrament service, she kept her mind in
tune with her Father in Heaven. She thought of Christ’s
suffering and of his love for her. As the sacrament service
ended, a wonderful feeling of peace and joy came over Pam
and for the first time in her life, she felt the true significance
of the sacrament service.
Can you think of ways you can
apply Pam’s experience to your
I Feel My Savior’s Love
     I feel my Savior’s love
     In all the world around me.
     His spirit warms my soul
     Through everything I see.
     He knows I will follow Him
     Give all my life to Him
     I feel my Savior’s Love
     The love He freely gives me.
   I feel my Savior’s love
   Its gentleness enfolds me
   And when I kneel to pray
   My heart is filled with peace.
   He knows I will follow Him
   Give all my life to Him
   I feel my Savior’s Love
   The love He freely gives me.
   I feel my Savior’s Love
   And know that He will bless me
   I offer him my heart
   My shepherd he will be
   He knows I will follow Him
   Give all my life to Him
   I feel my Savior’s Love
   The love He freely gives me.
 The Sacrament can be a more important
  and helpful part of your lives.
 Prepare in advance
 Be Reverent
 Listen to the Sacrament Prayers
 Learn of the Savior

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