The following are sections out of Bill McKeever’s book In their Own Words: A Collection of Mormon Quotations. The full book of 400 pages is available at Mormonism Research Ministry or Amazon.com. Standard Works “See that ye are not baptized unworthily; see that ye partake not of the sacrament of Christ unworthily; but see that ye do all things […]
During 2016, LDS members will be studying the latest manual published by their church, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Howard W. Hunter We will evaluate this book regularly, chapter by chapter, by showing interesting quotes and providing an Evangelical Christian take on this manual. The text that is in boldfaced is from the manual, […]
Chapter 6: The Significance of the Sacrament
Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Fielding Smith, (2013), 94–103
Sacrament: Similar to the Protestant version of communion, or the Lord’s Supper. Performed weekly in LDS services, with bread and water serving as elements. According to the Church Handbook of Instructions, “Church members meet on the Sabbath to worship God and partake of the sacrament (see D&C 20:75; 59:9).
By Bill McKeever
Each week millions of faithful members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints partake in what they call the sacrament service. Though similar to the Christian tradition of communion in that members are asked to reflect on the life of Christ and His sacrifice, the sacrament meeting does have some distinct differences. For one, despite an April 1830 command in Doctrine and Covenants 20:75 “that the church meet together often to partake of bread and wine in the remembrance of the Lord,” Mormons partake of bread and water, not wine or grape juice.