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The Sacrament Can Help Us Become Holy - Elder Peter. F. Meurs

Sacrament-and-sacrifice-480x270-050804_jrn036The sacrament is a wonderful thing we are able to partake of every week. When we don't partake of it, we often feel incomplete. However, why is sacrament important? I can assure you that even I went some time not understanding the importance of the sacrament. When you're raised in the church, it's just something we do every week. "Today the sacrament is an ordinance in which Church members partake of bread and water in remembrance of Jesus Christ's atoning sacrifice. This ordinance is an essential part of worship and spiritual development. Through this ordinance, Church members renew the covenants they made with God when they were baptized." 1 It's an opportunity for our sins to be washed away, just like they were when we were baptized. The fact that we are able to do that just shows the love that Heavenly Father has for us.

During the latest General Conference, Elder Peter F. Meurs gave a talk called "The Sacrament Can Help Us Become Holy". In the talk, he says there are "five ways to increase the impact and power of our regular participation in the sacred ordinance of the sacrament, an ordinance that can help us become holy." First is to prepare in advance. "Saturday may be a good time to contemplate our spiritual progress and preparation." Second, arrive early. "Our sacrament experience can be enhanced when we arrive well before the meeting and ponder as the prelude music is played." Third is to sing and learn from the sacrament hymn. "Music elevates our thoughts and feelings." Forth, spiritually participate in the sacrament prayers. I try to listen and remember the meaning of the prayers that are said. They are said the exact way that the Lord wants them to be and that is very important to remember. Lastly, we should ponder and remember him as the sacrament emblems are passed. I've been to other churches where, during their sacrament, music is being played and people are talking. During the quiet, reverent time, its important to remember Christ and repent for all the little sins you haven't repented for yet. We must be worthy to take the sacrament. It's what brings us closer to Christ and Heavenly Father. 

To read the whole talk, click here.