The Bread and the Water
July 2017

“The Bread and the Water,” Ensign, July 2017

The Bread and the Water

The emblems of the sacrament can teach us a lot about the Savior Jesus Christ.

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“And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.

“Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.”


Bread is one of the most common and most ancient staple foods in the human diet. People have been making bread since before recorded history. It is a good source of carbohydrates, which provide energy. It will also keep longer than many other foods, making it portable as well.

Because bread is so common, many languages have sayings that use the word bread as a replacement for food (as in the Savior’s “Give us this day our daily bread” [Matthew 6:11]). Thus, it often represents the very idea of nourishment.


Water is the most abundant compound on the earth’s surface, covering over 70 percent of it. All living things need water. About 60 percent of the human body is water, which is necessary for the proper functioning of pretty much all cells, tissues, organs, and systems. Humans can survive only a few days without water.

What We Can Learn


Nourishes us. Through His Atonement and Resurrection, Jesus Christ enlivens our spirits and bodies. Because of His Resurrection, our bodies and spirits will be united inseparably, never to die. Through Him, the Bread of Life, we are fed spiritually, receiving spiritual energy and strength. The sacrament reminds us of this.

Is common. Jesus Christ’s Atonement and Resurrection are available to all mankind and do not require us to go to exotic lengths to receive their blessings.

Is portable. There is nowhere you can go (spiritually or physically) where the Atonement of Jesus Christ cannot reach you if you are willing to repent.


Is essential for life. Without Jesus Christ, we would be subject to physical and spiritual death eternally (see 2 Nephi 9:7–9). But His Resurrection brings immortality for the body, and His blood was shed to pay the price of our sins so that we can repent, obtain forgiveness, and live again spiritually in Heavenly Father’s presence. “He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life” (1 John 5:12).