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Finding deeper meaning in the sacrament

During the sacrament each week, we should examine our lives, ponder the Savior’s Atonement, and consider what we need to do to repent of our sins. We do not need to be perfect in order to partake of the sacrament, but we should have a spirit of humility and repentance in our hearts. The sacrament can become a source of strength and an opportunity to rededicate ourselves to living the gospel.

Prepare yourself spiritually

Prayerfully study these scriptures and resources. What can you share with someone who is learning about the gospel to help them have a more meaningful experience with the sacrament?

Matthew 26:26–283 Nephi 18:1–13 (The Savior institutes the sacrament)

1 Corinthians 11:23–293 Nephi 9:20D&C 20:3759:8–12 (How to prepare to partake of the sacrament worthily)

Dallin H. Oaks, “Sacrament Meeting and the Sacrament,” Ensignor Liahona, Nov. 2008, 17–20

Robert D. Hales, “Coming to Ourselves: The Sacrament, the Temple, and Sacrifice in Service,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2012, 34–36

Don R. Clarke, “Blessings of the Sacrament,” Ensign or Liahona,Nov. 2012, 104–6

“Sacrament,” True to the Faith (2004), 147–49

Video: “The Sacrament Helps Us Draw Closer to Jesus Christ”

Make connections

  • Come to class prepared to share a time when a teacher effectively taught a gospel principle.
  • Finish the sentence “I can make the sacrament more meaningful to me by ___________.” List your answers in your scripture journal and be prepared to discuss them in class.


Learn together

  • Sacrament Mormon

    Sacrament meeting gives us an opportunity to reflect on the covenants that we’ve made with our Heavenly Father. (Photo credit: More Good Foundation)

    Examine a picture of the Savior administering the sacrament (seeGospel Art Book, 54). While you read Matthew 26:26–28, look at the picture and imagine what it would have been like to be there. Come to class ready to share ways the sacrament has strengthened your love for the Savior and testimony of the Atonement. Invite the youth to share their testimonies. Before you come to class ponder what you have learned while studying this outline and apply some of your insights while you partake of the sacrament. Come to class ready to share what came to mind when you did so. What other events from the life of the Savior could you think about during the sacrament?

  • Come to class ready to share your favorite sacrament hymn (if necessary, you can look in the topic index at the back of the hymnbook) and explain why it is meaningful to you. Sing, listen to, or read one or more of these hymns, and read the scriptures listed at the end of each hymn. What do we learn about the sacrament from the hymns? How do hymns help us prepare for the sacrament?
  • Select one of the scriptures in this outline and read it, looking for things the Lord asks us to do to prepare for the sacrament.  Why does the Lord want us to prepare for the sacrament in these ways?  Choose something that you will do as you prepare to partake of the sacrament next week.
  • Read sections II and III of Elder Dallin H. Oaks’s talk “Sacrament Meeting and the Sacrament” or paragraphs 7–9 of Elder Robert D. Hales’s talk “Coming to Ourselves: The Sacrament, the Temple, and Sacrifice in Service.” Look for answers to the question “How can I make the sacrament more meaningful to me?”
  • Read one of the five principles in Elder Don R. Clarke’s talk “Blessings of the Sacrament” and share with the class what you find. What would you tell someone who wonders why it is necessary to go to church every week?


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