Sacrament meeting is so important that the Lord gave specific instructions to Joseph Smith about it.
Read: D&C 59:9-10
“And that thou mayest more fully keep thyself unspotted from the world, thou shalt go to the house of prayer and offer up thy sacraments upon my holy day; For verily this is a day appointed unto you to rest from your labors, and to pay thy devotions unto the Most High.”
Ask: what does that mean? (Sunday is a holy or special day. We worship Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.)
Ask: what is the sacrament? (Bread and water)
Ask: what does the sacrament represent? (The bread represents Jesus’ body and the water represents Jesus’ blood.)
Ask: do you ever listen to the sacrament prayers? Let’s read them, because they’re pretty important.
Sacrament prayer for bread: Moroni 4:3
"O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this bread to the souls of all those who partake of it; that they may eat in remembrance of the body of thy Son, and witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they are willing to take upon them the name of thy Son, and always remember him, and keep his commandments which he hath given them, that they may always have his Spirit to be with them."
Sacrament prayer for water: Moroni 5:2
"O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee, in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this wine to the souls of all those who drink of it, that they may do it in remembrance of the blood of thy Son, which was shed for them; that they may witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they do always remember him, that they may have his Spirit to be with them."
Ask: What do we promise to do if we take the sacrament?
Take Jesus name (become a member of his church, teach other people about the gospel and be an example, keep his commandments)
Ask: what are we promised if we do these things? (To always have his spirit to be with you.)
“Sacrament meeting is the most important meeting of the week, the one the Lord has commanded us to attend. It’s a time to worship the Savior. What does that mean, to worship? It means to reverently show love and allegiance to him, to think about him, to honor him, to remember his sacrifice for each of us, and to thank him.” Elder W. Mack Lawrence, Ensign May 1991.
Elder Mack used the word “remember”, just like in the sacrament prayers. We remember Jesus as we take the sacrament. What does it mean to remember?
Ask: what do we remember on Sundays?
Jesus died for us.
The promises we made at baptism: to always remember him, to obey his commandments.
We think about the things we did that week and we can ask for forgiveness and promise to do better.
Taking the sacrament is the most important part of Sacrament Meeting. But, we also listen to talks and sing songs during Sacrament Meeting. Sometimes it can be hard to sit and listen and be reverent. What are things we can do to be reverent during Sacrament Meeting?
Answers will vary.
Play a memory game (use Sharing Time: Remember, if you don’t have a different one).
W. Mack Lawrence, “Sunday Worship Service” Ensign, May 1991, p. 30-31.
Elizabeth Ricks, “Sharing Time: Remember” Friend, June 2007