The Sacrament

The most important part of our Sunday meetings is the sacrament (similar to Communion), when we dedicate time to reflect on Jesus and His sacrifice for us.

A young woman takes a cup from a sacrament tray renewing her baptismal covenants with God

Symbols of Jesus

The most important part of our Sunday meetings is the sacrament (similar to Communion). Each week, bread and water are blessed and offered to the congregation. It’s a time when people can meditate, think about Jesus Christ, and feel close to God.

As we eat and drink these symbolic elements, we promise to remember the sacrifice of Jesus and strive to keep His commandments. It’s a wonderful opportunity to feel God’s love for us and invite the Holy Spirit to guide and comfort us.

The first sacrament

On the night before His Crucifixion, Jesus met with His Apostles and instituted the sacrament. He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me” (Luke 22:19). He then took wine, blessed it, and passed it to them, saying, “This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you” (Luke 22:20).

Jesus Christ administers the first sacrament to His Apostles during the Last Supper

Today, we take the sacrament as a weekly reminder of the sacrifice made by Jesus Christ, which allows us to be forgiven of our sins and live again after we die.

The Promises and Blessings of the Sacrament

Each week as we take the sacrament, we make special promises to God, and He promises to bless us as we obey.

Jesus Christ teaches His disciples the importance of taking on upon us His name as part of the sacrament
Take upon us Jesus’s name

To take upon ourselves Jesus’s name means that we try to represent Jesus through our words and actions.

Jesus Christ shows the marks in His hands to His disciples teaching them to always remember Him
Remember Him

This means we strive to remember Christ’s sacrifice for us and the many blessings we have because of Him.

Jesus Christ teaches His disciples to keep His commandments while sitting on the mount of olives
Keep His commandments

In the scriptures and through modern prophets, we have commandments, or laws, to live by. These commandments require us to love God and treat others with respect.

Sun light shines through the tops of the trees of a forest
Always have His Spirit with us

If we keep the commitments we have made to the Lord, we are promised the guidance and comfort of His Holy Spirit. Having the Holy Spirit with us is one of the greatest blessings in this life.

Jesus Christ helps a woman off the ground forgiving her of her sins
Be forgiven of our sins

Because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we can be forgiven of our sins. Each week as we take the sacrament, we can refocus on the Savior, renew our promises, and repent for mistakes we have made.

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