Wednesday, February 2, 2011

About Latter-day Saints:: Why is the Sacrament Performed Each Week? 1/27/11

Question: Why is the Sacrament Performed Each Week?
If you've ever visited a Mormon church service, and attended one of our sacrament meetings, then you would have seen the ordinance of the sacrament being performed. Or, if you're a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, then you've seen this ordinance performed each Sunday, but why do we partake of the sacrament each week? What is the purpose of the sacrament? Why is it so significant that it is done each week?
Answer: When a person is baptized and confirmed a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints they are making a covenant with God, in the name of Jesus Christ, to always remember Him, to take His name upon them, and to keep His commandments. In return God promises that His spirit will always be with them.

Each week, on the Sabbath Day, we partake of the sacred bread and water of the sacrament to remember our baptismal covenant, to repent and be cleansed of our sins, and to remember Jesus. We remember our covenant: to keep His commandments and to take His name upon us.

Some members may view the sacrament ordinance as a weekly exercise or ritual that is performed because they are a member of the Church, while others take the opportunity to spiritually participate in this sacred ordinance, to commune with Jesus Christ, and to receive of His Spirit.

The ordinance of the sacrament is performed weekly to provide the opportunity for all to worship Jesus Christ, to remember that He is "The Bread of Life"1, to ponder theAtonement, and to become sanctified. Each week we think, say, and do things which are against God's commandments. Instead of being re-baptized, if we feel sorrow and desire to repent and be forgiven, we do so by partaking of the sacrament.

Not one individual, who is of an age and ability to understand right from wrong, is free from sin each week. Thus it is not only necessary to be able to repent and be cleansed from our weekly sins, but it is also a form of worship to remember Christ's sacrifice, and ponder on the meaning of the symbols of the scrament ordinance.

1. See Christ's Bread of Life discussion found in John 6:22-71

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