Friday, July 18, 2014

As now we take the sacrament

The Sacrament to me is something very sacred and special. It is when we eat the blessed bread and water and by doing so we remember Jesus Christ's sacrifice for us and our sins are forgiven and we it's like we are getting a clean slate for the week. We are renewing our baptismal covenants, the promises we made to Heavenly Father when when we got baptized. 
"..By partaking of the Sacrament we renew all covenants entered into with the Lord and pledge ourselves to take upon us the name of his Son, to always remember him and keep his commandments”
-Elder Delbert L. Stapley
Before we did the Sacrament, men used to make sacrifices to God under the law of Moses. Men would choose from their flock the eldest male lamb of a pure white color and prepare it for sacrifice upon an alter.That changed when Jesus Christ was born, he symbolized the pure white lamb who is to be sacrificed to save us. In the last supper he explains to the disciples what they must now do and what his sacrifice will mean. 
“And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.
“And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;
“For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins” (Matt. 26:26–28).
 That is why we have the Sacrament. We remember our brother Jesus Christ and what he did, of his sacrifice so that we might all have the chance to live again. To Return home. 
“I am a witness that there is a spirit attending the administration of the sacrament that warms the soul from head to foot; you feel the wounds of the spirit being healed, and the load is lifted. Comfort and happiness come to the soul that is worthy and truly desirous of partaking of this spiritual food”
-Elder Melvin J. Ballard


7 comments:

  1. I love these thoughts!! We are truly blessed to have a Savior that died for us and atoned for our sins. We have the privilege of being forgiven of the sins and wrong doings we may have committed during the week. It's such a humbling thought to know that our Savior loves us that much. That He has provided a way for us to be forgiven of our sins. I know we are given every opportunity to progress and become more like our Savior and by so doing, can return to live with Him again.

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  2. This post fits perfectly with my recent experience. Earlier this past week, I have felt down and was easily irritated by what others did. I was so happy when I got work off to spend time with my in-laws at our reunion. But we had a lot of things planned and on Saturday night we came home extra tired. My husband told me that he wasn't excited to go to church tomorrow since it was early morning. I stopped and thought about it (because I was really tired too). I then remembered all of the sins I committed during the week and I knew I needed to renew my covenants by taking the sacrament. I told my husband that although I was tired, I was excited to be clean again. Today, we went to church with a happy heart and it made sacrament meeting so much better. We also sang hymn 185 vs 3 that fit with my struggling heart:
    Bid thine heart all strife to cease;
    With thy brethren be at peace.
    Oh, forgive as thou wouldst be
    E'en forgiven now by me.
    In the solemn faith of prayer
    Cast upon me all thy care,
    And my Spirit's grace shall be
    Like a fountain unto thee.

    I know that my Savior loves me and cares enough about me to answer my prayers and bring peace to my soul. I am grateful for Christ's atonement so I can continually be clean from sin by partaking of the Sacrament. Thanks for this great article and reminder!

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  3. The abiltity that we have each week to partake of the Sacrament is such a blessing. When I am partake of the bread and water each week I have such a feeling of gratitude. It is such a symbol of love that we are able to do it weekly. It offers me an opportunity to reflect on my actions from the previous week and seek forgiveness for those sins or transgressions. It is also humbling to remember each time that we are able to do this because of what Jesus Christ did for us, it was because of his sacrifice that we are able to renew our baptismal covenants weekly and remember them and try to continue to prefect ourselves so that we may one day return and live in his and Heavenly Father's presence.

    I love this simple, yet so significant ordinance.

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  4. I think sometimes we forget what a wonderful opportunity it is to partake of the Sacrament every week. I know, now that I am homebound and don't participate as often as I would like, that I realize how just much I miss coming together with a group of Saints and renewing my covenants. What an amazing blessing we are offered each week to start over with a clean slate, slowly bettering ourselves for the next life. I appreciate the blog post so much, it reminds me of what I need to do to get myself healthy enough to get back to Church. Thank you

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  5. His instructions are very clear that we should be willing to do what He has commanded us to do.......The purpose of partaking of the sacrament is, of course, to renew the covenants we have made with the Lord.
    What a blessing in our lives that we can renew ourselves each Sunday and be borne again each week.

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  6. I enjoy partaking of the sacrament each Sunday. I use that time to prayerfully reflect upon my weaknesses. I contemplate how Christ suffered for those weaknesses and I ask the Lord for help to make them strengths. I also ask for help to remember the Savior during each upcoming week. The sacrament has increasingly become something that I look forward to.

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  7. I've heard many people say that they wish that they could be baptized again so that they could be clean of their sins all over again. What is amazing and wonderful about taking the sacrament is that it is like being baptized again because we are renewing our baptismal covenants and being cleansed from our sins. It is also a tender regular reminder that the reason we can be clean again is because of our Savior Jesus Christ, who died for us.

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