There are two key words with this Sabbath day lesson, "sacrament" and "spirit." How are they related and dependent on one another?
The Church suggests the following for this month's lesson:
"Write the following question on the board: How is the sacrament affecting your life? To answer this question, invite members to work in pairs to select and discuss one phrase from the sacrament prayers in Doctrine and Covenants 20:77, 79 and the counsel in Doctrine and Covenants 59:9. Give each pair time to find scriptures that help them better understand their phrase and discuss how they would answer the question on the board. You might also invite class members to choose favorite sacrament hymns and sing them together.
See also Cheryl A. Esplin, “The Sacrament—a Renewal for the Soul,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2014, 12–14."
"Sacrament Meeting and the Sacrament" by Elder Dallin H. Oaks
"The Sacrament Can Help Us Become Holy" by Elder Peter F. Meurs
"The Sacrament- a Renewal for the Soul" by Sister Cheryl A. Esplin
"The Sabbath and the Sacrament" by Elder L. Tom Perry
"This Do in Remembrance of Me" by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
"Coming to Ourselves: The Sacrament, the Temple, and the Sacrifice in Service" by Elder Robert D. Hales
"As Now We Take the Sacrament" by Elder L. Tom Perry
"Blessings of the Sacrament" by Elder Don R. Clarke
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"Sacramental Reflections" by Truman G. Madsen
"The Sacrament: Experiencing Its Redeeming Power" by David A. Christensen
"Of These Emblems" (several authors)
"The Last Supper" (about 6 minutes)- Bible video
"Sacrament of the Lords Supper" (about 1 minute)- clip from Elder L. Tom Perry
"Sacrament Worship" (about 1 1/2 minutes)- clip from Elder Dallin H. Oaks
The Passover (about 3 minutes)- Explains the meaning and significance of the Passover
Questions to Ponder
- What personal meaning does the sacrament have to you?
- Why do you look forward to taking the sacrament every week?
- How has partaking of the sacrament blessed your life?
- Why do you think the sacrament is repeated weekly?
- How do you feel during the passing of the sacrament?
- How do you prepare yourself for the sacrament?
- How do you keep the covenants you make during the sacrament all week?
- Why is the sacrament an essential part of the Sabbath?
- Why did the Lord give us the sacrament?
- What do you do during the passing of the sacrament?
- How might you improve your reverence of the sacrament?
- How has the Atonement blessed you personally?
- What are your feelings as you ponder the Savior's sacrifice for you?
- What can you do to gain a better understanding of the Atonement of Jesus Christ? How can you help your family do the same?
- How does holiness relate to the sacrament?
- How does partaking of the sacrament enhance our ability to have the Spirit with us?
- How are the sacrament and our striving to have the Spirit dependent on each other?
- Give each class member a small piece of paper to write a word that describes what the sacrament means to them. Ask everyone to pass their papers down the row and collect them on a tray. Read a few of the words out loud and discuss.
- Each week we are handed the sacrament trays and take something. What are we giving in return?
- Discuss the word "remember" in the sacrament prayer then tie in this quote from LDS.org. It's a great way to discuss how the sacrament and the sabbath allow us to do each of those "re" words.
- Divide your lesson up into the 5 points found in Elder Peter F. Meurs' talk, "The Sacrament Can Help Us Become Holy." You can also talk about what being holy means.
- Use my bread wrapper found in my teaching helps for Elder Christofferson's talk to discuss the living bread and water and how it relates to us partaking of the sacrament each week.
- Discuss ways we prepare to partake of the sacrament. Elder Dallin H. Oaks mentions a few in his talk (mentioned above)- this pin states it clearly.
- The Mormon Hub has some great ways to think about the sacrament that you may want to discuss in your lesson.
- Print out some Mormonads! You can hang them on the board to discuss or divide into groups and give each one a different Mormonad. I recommend writing specific questions for each group to answer on the board.
- Challenge your class to make sacrament count with this 4 week Sacrament Journal challenge.
- Set up the front table as one would for Passover. Talk about the significance of how it's set, what you eat. Then talk about the Last Supper and Sacrament today. Note the similarities and differences as well as the symbolism throughout.
- I made the sacrament prayers and the suggested scripture from the Church's suggestion in a large font so you can easily cut it up into phrases as suggested. There is also a great poster you can use available.
- Write D&C 20:77 & 79 on the board leaving out key words such as "remember." See if your class can fill in the blanks.
- I like Elder Perry's concept of how "partaking of the sacrament provides us with a sacred moment in a holy place." Is this how we are viewing and treating the sacrament? How does our reverence for the sacrament effect our ability to have the Spirit always with us?
- I made a video with some ideas a few years back when we were studying Howard W. Hunter. It has 5 more ideas in it. The handout I refer to in the video, I included in this post. The video I refer to can be found on the Children's Bible Videos page.