The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - The Sacrament

When we partake of the sacrament we renew that covenant; we partake of these emblems in remembrance of the atoning sacrifice of our Lord and Savior; we express a willingness to take upon us His name, the name of our Lord and Master, our Savior, Jesus Christ; and we covenant that we will always remember Him, that we will keep the commandments which He has given us. He, the Lord, covenants with us that if we will do these things we shall have His Spirit to be with us. He will most certainly keep His part of the covenant if we keep ours. — Elder Joseph Anderson, General Conference, October 1976

But previous to the offering up of Himself, as the great expiatory sacrifice, having fulfilled the law and made it honorable, and having introduced the Gospel, He met with His disciples, … to eat the Passover. He then told them, "With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer." To eat what with you? The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper. Thus He [ate] both, for the two ceremonies centered in Him, He was the embodiment of both, He was the Being provided before the foundation of the earth and prophesied of by men of God throughout all the preceding ages; and also on account of whom the sacrifices were offered up all the servants of the Lord, from the fall of Adam to that time; and all the various atonements heretofore offered pointed Him, for whom they were all made and in whom they all centered. On the other hand, He it was who introduced the more perfect law, and offering Himself once for all, an infinite atonement, He, through this sacrifice accomplished that which was designed by the Almighty before the world was, and of which the blood of bullocks, of goats and of lambs was merely the shadow. — President John Taylor, Mediation and Atonement, p. 16

While the Sacrament is passed around, and we take the emblems of our Savior's death and suffering, and realize the sacrifice which he made for our salvation, we should ask ourselves, Do we remember him in all things? Do we acknowledge his hand in the providences with which we are surrounded? Do we call upon him in our families and in secret? Or do we neglect our duties, do we miss praying with our families in the morning, and have not time to do so in the evening, and are in such a hurry that we cannot even ask his blessing upon our food, and cannot take time to attend meeting on the Sabbath, nor afford to devote the day to rest, meditation and study? Let us also ask these questions of ourselves, Are we honorable in our relations with each other? Do we do by our neighbor as we would that he should do unto us? Are we just in our dealings? Are we honoring those principles of morality which alone can prepare us to inherit celestial glory? Brethren and sisters, if we ask ourselves these questions, and, after examining our conduct and career, can answer them honestly and truthfully in the affirmative, then we may partake of the bread and water in the presence of our heavenly father worthily. If, on the other hand, we have been negligent and careless, we should repent, for repentance is our first duty. — George Albert Smith, Journal of Discourses, Vol.15, p.93, July 7, 1872

In the sacrament of the Lord's Supper, what is there of sacred efficacy in the bread and water, taken alone? There is not water enough in the ocean, nor bread enough in all the bakeries of the world, to constitute the Lord's Supper. All that makes it effective as a sacrament is the blessing pronounced upon it by the priesthood, and the symbolism whereby those elements are made to represent something greater than themselves, namely, the body and blood of the Savior. What is done then becomes a holy ordinance, full of force and effect, a poem in action. — Orson F. Whitney, The Strength of the Mormon Position, p.29

By the partaking of the sacrament you are participating in one of the most sacred ordinances of the Church. It has a similar significance to us today that the sacrifice of burnt offerings, given to Adam, had to the saints before the advent of the Savior upon the earth. When the sacrifice of burnt offerings was first given it was for the purpose of reminding Adam of the great atoning sacrifice of the Son of God that should transpire in the meridian of time, by which Adam and his posterity might be loosed from the bonds of death and if they were faithful to the gospel plan might partake of eternal life with our Heavenly Father in his kingdom. With the sacrifice of Jesus, by which he, "the just" suffered for "the unjust," the sacrifice of burnt offerings, as it had been observed up to that time, was fulfilled (3Ne.9:19-20). In its place he instituted at the time of the Last Supper, before his crucifixion, the holy sacrament, by which the meaning of his great atoning sacrifice would be had in everlasting remembrance. The purpose and meaning of the sacrament and the seriousness that should accompany your partaking of it is clearly set forth in the Master's words as understood by the Apostle Paul: "This do ye . . . in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord's death till he come. Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep." (1Cor.11:25-30) — President Harold B. Lee, Decisions for Successful Living, pp. 146-47

"How did you feel the last time you partook of the sacrament? Did you ponder those covenants made in fonts and within temples? The sacrament enables us to renew our covenants. Thus, if we keep those covenants with honor and exactness, we can feel as fresh and as pure as we did when we were first baptized."

Bonnie D. Parkin 
"Celebrating Covenants," 
"Ensign," May 1995, p. 78–79

"Do you remember the feeling you had when you were baptized—that sweet, clean feeling of a pure soul, having been forgiven, washed clean through the merits of the Savior? If we partake of the sacrament worthily, we can feel that way regularly, for we renew that covenant, which includes his forgiveness."

John H. Groberg 
"The Beauty and Importance of the Sacrament," 
"Ensign," May 1989, p. 38

"We are commanded to repent of our sins and to come to the Lord with a broken heart and a contrite spirit and partake of the sacrament in compliance with its covenants. When we renew our baptismal covenants in this way, the Lord renews the cleansing effect of our baptism. In this way we are made clean and can always have His Spirit to be with us. The importance of this is evident in the Lord’s commandment that we partake of the sacrament each week (see D&C 59:8–9)."

Dallin H. Oaks 
"The Aaronic Priesthood and the Sacrament," 
"Ensign," Nov. 1998, p. 38

"When we act in obedience and always remember Him, we are built on the rock of His gospel. We are blessed as we live His commandments. We must take these emblems in worthiness. Personal worthiness to partake of the sacrament is a prerequisite for receiving the Holy Ghost. Moroni admonished, 'See that ye partake not of the sacrament of Christ unworthily.' (Morm. 9:29.)"

David B. Haight 
"Remembering the Savior’s Atonement," 
"Ensign," Apr. 1988, p. 9

"The New Testament records the drama of the experiences of the Savior in Gethsemane, at Golgotha, and at the tomb, where he fully atoned for the two deaths, conquering both the grave and hell and thus becoming the great Savior and Redeemer of all mankind. In remembrance of the two aspects of his atonement, we have been commanded that when we partake of the sacrament we partake of two emblems—bread in remembrance of the body of Christ, which he gave as a ransom for all; and a liquid in remembrance of the blood of Christ, which he shed for the remission of our sins. (See Matt. 26:22–25. JST.)"

Daniel H. Ludlow 
"Moral Free Agency," 
"New Era," Nov. 1976, p. 47

"You and I..., all of us, have the sacrament, a holy priesthood ordinance that helps remind us of the atonement of the Savior. It helps us keep focused on our daily progress toward exaltation. It is a precious and sacred reminder, not just on Sunday, but on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday; spring, summer, and fall; when we're on the mountain peaks of our lives and also in the valleys. What is true for... you and me is that our Savior loves us very much." - Ardeth G. Kapp, "Taking Upon Us His Name," New Era, April 1982, p. 42

"Worldly lusts lose their allure as the holy sacrament assumes its proper place in our lives. This covenant enables the faithful to keep themselves unspotted from the world. (D&C 59:9)" - Keith B. McMullin, "An Invitation with Promise," Ensign (CR), May 2001, p.61

How can we have spiritual hunger? Who is there among us that does not wound his spirit by word, thought, or deed, from Sabbath to Sabbath? We do things for which we are sorry, and desire to be forgiven, or we have erred against someone and given injury. If there is a feeling in our hearts that we are sorry for what we have done; if there is a feeling in our souls that we would like to be forgiven, then the method to obtain forgiveness is not through rebaptism, it is not to make confession to man, but it is to repent of our sins, to go to those against whom we have sinned or transgressed and obtain their forgiveness, and then repair to the sacrament table where, if we have sincerely repented and put ourselves in proper condition, we shall be forgiven, and spiritual healing will come to our souls. It will really enter into our being. You have felt it. I am a witness that there is a spirit attending the administration of the sacrament that warms the soul from head to foot; you feel the wounds of the spirit being healed, and the load is lifted. Comfort and happiness come to the soul that is worthy and truly desirous of partaking of this spiritual food. - Melvin J. Ballard, "How Can We Have Spiritual Hunger?" (Improvement Era 1919)

"In my judgment the sacrament meeting is the most sacred, the most holy, of all the meetings of the Church. When I reflect upon the gathering of the Savior and his apostles on that memorable night when he introduced the sacrament, when I think of that solemn occasion, my heart is filled with wonderment and my feelings are touched. I consider that gathering one of the most solemn and wonderful since the beginning of time." - Joseph Fielding Smith, "Doctrines of Salvation," 3 vols., edited by Bruce R. McConkie, 2:340

"How can we have the Spirit of the Lord to guide our choices so that we will remain 'unspotted from the world' (
D&C 59:9) and on the safe path through mortality? We need to qualify for the cleansing power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. We do this by keeping His commandment to come to Him with a broken heart and a contrite spirit and in that wonderful weekly meeting partake of the emblems of the sacrament and make the covenants that qualify us for the precious promise that we will always have His Spirit to be with us (see D&C 20:77)." - Dallin H. Oaks, "Sacrament Meeting and the Sacrament," General Conference, October 2008

"Arms are tangible, and we use them to express affection and love. When I come home from the office, I am encircled in the tangible arms of my wife....

"As I have pondered how to effectively teach the Atonement to others, the phrase 'arms of safety' has been useful. When we were baptized and received the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands, we received two ordinances that introduce us to the arms of safety. By coming humbly and fully repentant to sacrament meeting and worthily partaking of the sacrament, we may feel those arms again and again." - Jay E. Jensen, "Arms of Safety," General Conference, October 2008

“We have the great privilege of partaking of the sacrament, the Lord’s Supper. Renewing our baptismal covenants as we partake of the sacrament protects us against all manner of evil. As we worthily partake of the sanctified bread and water in remembrance of the Savior’s sacrifice, we witness unto God the Father that we are willing to take upon us the name of His Son and always remember Him and to keep His commandments which He has given us. If we do these things, we will always have His Spirit to be with us. If we partake of the sacrament regularly and are faithful to these covenants, the law will be in our inward parts and written in our hearts.” - James E. Faust, “Search Me, O God, and Know My Heart,” Ensign (CR), May 1998, p. 17

"Over the many, many years as I have had the privilege of attending sacrament meetings, whether in times of peace or conflict, periods of joy or sorrow, periods of stress or relative ease, partaking of the sacrament has been a time of thoughtful reflection on the blessings the Lord has given to me and a time to covenant with him to live closer to his law and his gospel." - L. Tom Perry, "Sacrament of the Lord's Supper," Ensign (CR), May 1996, p. 53

If we wish to come unto Jesus through the sacrament, we must believe in Him, rely on Him, repent of our sins, take His name upon us by being baptized in His Church, receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, and faithfully follow Christ all of our lives.

The invitation to come unto the Savior is universal. Everyone is included—men, women, and children; old and young alike. None are barred except by themselves. - John H. Groberg, "The Beauty and Importance of the Sacrament," Friend, October 1990

I testify that the sacrament gives us an opportunity to come to ourselves and experience “a mighty change” of heart—to remember who we are and what we most desire. As we renew the covenant to keep the commandments, we obtain the companionship of the Holy Ghost to lead us back into our Heavenly Father’s presence. No wonder we are commanded to “meet together oft to partake of [the] bread and [water]” and to partake of the sacrament to our souls. - Robert D. Hales, "Coming to Ourselves: The Sacrament, the Temple, and Sacrifice in Service," Ensign (CR) May 2012

What an inspiration and strength it gives to know there is someone who is so interested in us that if we will take upon us his name and keep his commandments, he, in turn, promises that his spirit shall abide with us. In the many trials and temptations of life, what a source of comfort this promise gives. When partaken of often and in the proper spirit, it is a safeguard against evil, and we shall develop an intimate fellowship with God and with one another. It will give us a richness of spirit, and it will uplift, ennoble and develop an active, living faith within us. - John Wells, Conference Report, October 1936, Afternoon Meeting, p.47

Sacrament meeting is the most important meeting of the week, the one the Lord has commanded us to attend. It’s a time to worship the Savior. What does that mean, to worship? It means to reverently show love and allegiance to him, to think about him, to honor him, to remember his sacrifice for each of us, and to thank him. - W. Mack Lawrence, “Sunday Worship Service,” Ensign (CR) May 1991

The sacrament becomes a spiritually strengthening experience when we listen to the sacrament prayers and recommit to our covenants. To do this, we must be willing to take upon us the name of Jesus Christ. Speaking of this promise, President Henry B. Eyring taught: “That means we must see ourselves as His. We will put Him first in our lives. We will want what He wants rather than what we want or what the world teaches us to want.” - Cheryl A. Esplin, “The Sacrament—a Renewal for the Soul,” Ensign (CR) November 2014

One Sunday a young sister joyfully exclaimed, “I get to take the sacrament today!” When was the last time we rejoiced in that privilege? And how do we demonstrate it? We do this by always remembering the Savior and always keeping His commandments, which include keeping His Sabbath day holy. We do it by always remembering Him as we always have our personal and family prayers, daily scripture study, and weekly family home evenings. And when we get distracted or casual with these important things, we repent and begin again. - Linda K. Burton, “The Power, Joy, and Love of Covenant Keeping,” Ensign (CR) October 2013

We have talked about the spiritual power of our baptism. We can renew that power every week as we worthily partake of the sacrament. “There is no more eloquent expression in the English language than the sacramental prayers. We invite you to learn by heart the covenants and promises in the prayers on the bread and water” (Elder Dallin H. Oaks, notes in author’s possession). Ponder their meaning that they may bless your life. - Carol B. Thomas, “Spiritual Power of Our Baptism,” Ensign (CR) April 1999

When you were baptized, you became participants in the first great hope, the Atonement of Christ. Every time you worthily partake of the sacrament, you have the opportunity to begin again and do a little better. It is like burying the old, unworthy part of yourself and starting over with a new life. - Julie B. Beck, "There Is Hope Smiling Brightly before Us," Ensign (CR), May 2003, p. 103

With so very much at stake, [the sacrament] commemorating our escape from the angel of darkness should be taken more seriously than it sometimes is. It should be a powerful, reverent, reflective moment. It should encourage spiritual feelings and impressions. As such it should not be rushed. It is not something to “get over” so that the real purpose of a sacrament meeting can be pursued. This is the real purpose of the meeting. And everything that is said or sung or prayed in those services should be consistent with the grandeur of this sacred ordinance. - Jeffrey R. Holland, "This Do in Remembrance of Me," Ensign (CR), November 1995, p. 67

Now this is the point I want to bring out, brothers and sisters: When we come into our chapels, not stables, but chapels such as this, with beautiful appointments—clean—we come before the sacrament board, not of the Babe of Bethlehem, but before Christ, and all of his consummate glory and divinity—King of kings, and Lord of lords—the Savior of mankind. What I would like to impress upon you at this time is the necessity of coming before the sacrament board actuated by a spirit of worship. Do not come into your beautiful chapel to partake of the sacrament and renew your covenants without a spirit of worship in your hearts because when a deacon who holds the priesthood of God brings you the emblems of the sacrament table, he is bringing you the Christ. "This do in remembrance of me." (Luke 22:19.) -
"Matthew Cowley," Matthew Cowley Speaks, p.99

The sacrament truly helps us know our Savior. It also reminds us of His innocent suffering. If life were truly fair, you and I would never be resurrected; you and I would never be able to stand clean before God. In this respect, I am grateful that life is not fair. – Dale G. Renlund, “That I Might Draw All Men unto Me,” Ensign (CR) May 2016

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