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The Sacrament

In LDS tradition, the sacrament of the Lord's supper is a weekly observance. It is an occasion to remember God's love for us, as revealed in Christ's sacrifice; to renew our commitment to Christian discipleship; to be spiritually fed; and to experience communion with God and our fellow Christians. The sacrament recalls the meals that Jesus shared with his friends here on earth. It is also an image of the great supper promised in scripture, when Christ will sit at table with all who have accepted his invitation: a grand reunion of prophets and saints from every time and place, and a feast for the poor (D&C 27:1-14; D&C 58:6-12).

The Book of Mormon offers two ways to understand the sacrament: both as a symbolic remembrance of Christ's body and blood (3 Ne. 18:1-11) and as Christ's actual body and blood to the souls of those who receive it (3 Ne. 20:8-9). Taking the emblems of Christ's body and blood into our bodies vividly symbolizes a desire to have Christ live in us—in the words of the sacramental prayers, to always have Christ's Spirit to be with us.

Any food and any liquid may be used to represent Christ's body and blood (D&C 27:2). An innovative worshipping community might experiment with different sacramental elements, as moved by the Spirit: corn or rice to remember Christ's concern for the world's poor; milk to remember that Christ is the mother who gives us second birth; fruit and water to symbolize the fruit and the waters of life from Lehi's dream (1 Ne. 11:21-25).

 God, Our Father, Hear Us Pray  (Hymns 170)
 In Humility, Our Savior  (Hymns 172)
 We'll Sing All Hail to Jesus' Name (Hymns 182)
 In Memory of the Crucified (Hymns 190)

Brigham Young: No matter how many generations come and go, believers in him are required to eat bread and drink wine in remembrance of his death and sufferings until he comes again. Why are they required to do this? To witness unto the Father, to Jesus and to the angels that they are believers in and desire to follow him in the regeneration, keep his commandments, build up his kingdom, revere his name and serve him with an undivided heart, that they may be worthy to eat and drink with him in his Father's kingdom. This is why the Latter-day Saints partake of the ordinance of the Lord's Supper.
Journal of Discourses 13:140

B. H. Roberts: The rite of the Lord's Supper, or sacrament. . . , is the visible sign of the communion of the saints with God—their continuing union with him, and with each other.
A Comprehensive History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
(Salt Lake City: Deseret News Press, 1930), 2:363

Matthew Cowley: The most sacred service of religious worship is that of the sacrament. Through this service the religionist is brought into proximity to the spiritual force and exalting power of the perfect character of the Son of God.
Matthew Cowley Speaks (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1954), 190

George Albert Smith: We partake of physical food—that is, we partake of bread and water etc., to nourish the physical body. It is just as necessary that we partake of the emblems of the body and blood of our risen Lord to increase our spiritual strength.
The Teachings of George Albert Smith (Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1996), 95

David O. McKay: Not a moment of his existence on earth did Christ think more of himself than he did of his brethren and the people whom he came to save, always losing himself for the good of others, and finally giving his life for the redemption of mankind. When we partake of the sacrament in his presence we remember him, his life of sacrifice, and service; and we are inspired by that thought and memory. . . .

I remember when I was a boy that there was emphasized even more than we hear emphasized now the necessity of no one's partaking of the sacrament who had ill feelings toward another, and I have heard more than one man say: "I am sorry that I hurt brother so-and-so's feelings, and I ask his forgiveness." He felt it necessary to do that before he was worthy to partake of the sacrament of the Lord's Supper. We meet in the brotherhood of Christ, all on the same level, each expressing confidence in the other and all in one another.

Conference Report , October 1929, 11-12

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