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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Mormon Theology no. 17 - The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper

I went to Church today and partook of the Sacrament (or more colloquially called Communion).  That made me realize I haven't given the Internet answer to what the sacrament is.

When Jesus Christ was on the earth, He instituted the ordinance of the Sacrament in remembrance of His atoning sacrifice.  It is recorded in Luke: "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 (Luke 22:19-20)."  The Apostle Paul gives us greater insight into the meaning of the Sacrament.  He says, "For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew 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 that bread, and drink of that cup (1 Cor. 11: 26-28)."  

We partake of the Sacrament as a renewal of our Baptismal Covenants to always remember Jesus Christ, keep His commandments, and always remember Him; in return, He promises His Spirit to be with us as long as we are faithful.

Elder David B. Haight of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles taught, "The sacrament is one ordinance that allows us to experience a personal relationship to God and enlarges our knowledge and understanding of Him and His Only Begotten Son. (Ensign, May 1983, p. 14)."  

May those who are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints partake of this ordinance with holiness of heart; and may those who have not been baptized find the Truth is my prayer, in the Name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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