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October 11. How Can I Make the Sacrament More Meaningful to Me? 3 Nephi 17–19
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“October 11. How Can I Make the Sacrament More Meaningful to Me? 3 Nephi 17–19,” Come, Follow Me—For Aaronic Priesthood Quorums and Young Women Classes: Doctrinal Topics 2020 (2020)

“October 11. How Can I Make the Sacrament More Meaningful to Me?” Come, Follow Me—For Aaronic Priesthood Quorums and Young Women Classes: Doctrinal Topics 2020

Sacrament meetings

October 11

How Can I Make the Sacrament More Meaningful to Me?

3 Nephi 17–19

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Counsel Together

Led by a member of the quorum or class presidency; approximately 10–20 minutes

At the beginning of the meeting, repeat together the Aaronic Priesthood Quorum Theme or the Young Women Theme. Then, in addition to counseling together about specific quorum or class needs, you may want to discuss impressions and themes from general conference. The following questions may help:

  • Did a particular theme or message stand out to us?

  • Did we feel prompted to change something in our lives?

  • Is there anything we could do as a quorum or class to act on counsel we heard in general conference?

At the end of the lesson, as appropriate, do the following:

  • Testify of the principles taught.

  • Remind quorum or class members about the plans and invitations made during the meeting.

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Teach the Doctrine

Led by an adult leader or youth; approximately 25–35 minutes

Prepare Yourself Spiritually

In each sacrament meeting, we partake of the sacrament to remember the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ and to renew our covenants with God. Although things we do frequently can become routine, the sacrament is meant to be a meaningful, spiritual experience each time we partake of it. As we read the account of the Savior administering the sacrament to the Nephites (see 3 Nephi 18:1–12), the Holy Ghost can help us recognize the spiritual power of this ordinance. When the Nephites ate the bread and drank the water, the scriptures say they were “filled” (see verses 4–5, 8–9).

When have you had an experience with the sacrament when you felt “filled”? How can you help members of your quorum or class have more meaningful experiences with the sacrament? In addition to reading 3 Nephi 18:1–12, consider reviewing “Sacrament” in Gospel Topics (topics.ChurchofJesusChrist.org).

Chile: Sacrament Meeting

As we partake of the sacrament each week, we grow closer to Jesus Christ.

Learn Together

To invite your quorum or class members to share what they learned as they studied 3 Nephi 17–19 this week, you could write this question on the board: What would it have been like to be present when the Savior administered the sacrament to the Nephites? Quorum or class members could review 3 Nephi 18:1–12 and write down their answers to the question. They could then share what they wrote. The following activity ideas can help those you teach ponder what they each can do to make the sacrament more meaningful.

  • Although members of your quorum or class have likely heard the sacrament prayers many times, they might learn additional truths by reviewing these prayers together. You might divide them into pairs and invite them to read Doctrine and Covenants 20:77, 79. They could then ask each other questions like these: What do we learn about the Savior from the sacrament prayers? What do we covenant to do, and what are we promised? How do we show that we are willing to take upon ourselves the name of Jesus Christ? Why is it important to always have the Spirit to be with us? How can we do this? Quorum or class members could then make a list of things they can do to make the sacrament a more meaningful experience each week.

  • The general conference messages in “Supporting Resources” can help members of your quorum or class understand how to make the sacrament more meaningful. They could review one of these messages and write down things they might tell someone to help them understand what the sacrament can mean in their lives. Quorum or class members could then share with each other what they wrote. How can what we learned help us better prepare to partake of the sacrament each week? You could also sing sacrament hymns together and discuss how they help us understand the sacrament.

  • To help members of your quorum or class understand how partaking of the sacrament brings us closer to Jesus Christ, you could ask them what they would say to help a friend or a family member understand why we partake of the sacrament every week. To see how Elder Taniela B. Wakolo answered this question, they could read the section titled “Experience and Testimony” from his message “Saving Ordinances Will Bring Us Marvelous Light” (Ensign or Liahona, May 2018, 39–41). How can Elder Wakolo’s message help us come closer to Jesus Christ each time we take the sacrament?

  • In order to make the sacrament more meaningful in our lives, we need to first understand its meaning. The section “Baptism, Our First Covenant with God” in chapter 3 of Preach My Gospel ([2019], 63–64) provides a helpful explanation of the covenant we renew when we partake of the sacrament. Quorum or class members could read this description and role-play sharing it with a friend.

Act in Faith

Encourage quorum or class members to ponder and record what they will do to act on the impressions they received today. How does today’s lesson relate to personal goals they have made? If they would like, quorum or class members could share their ideas.

Supporting Resources

Teaching in the Savior’s Way

The Savior gave His disciples opportunities to ask questions and share insights, and He responded to their questions and listened to their experiences. How will you invite questions from those you teach and respond to them?