9- 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;
1. It shouldn’t be hard to sit very still
And think about Jesus, his cross on the hill,
And all that he suffered and did for me;
It shouldn’t be hard to sit quietly.
It shouldn’t be hard, even though I am small,
To think about Jesus, not hard at all.
2. I think of the miles he walked in the dust,
And children he helped to love and to trust;
It shouldn’t be hard to sit tall in my seat,
To listen politely, to quiet my feet.
1. I stand all amazed at the love Jesus offers me,
Confused at the grace that so fully he proffers me.
I tremble to know that for me he was crucified,
That for me, a sinner, he suffered, he bled and died.
Enough to die for me!
Oh, it is wonderful, wonderful to me!
2. I marvel that he would descend from his throne divine
To rescue a soul so rebellious and proud as mine,
That he should extend his great love unto such as I,
Sufficient to own, to redeem, and to justify.
3. I think of his hands pierced and bleeding to pay the debt!
Such mercy, such love and devotion can I forget?
No, no, I will praise and adore at the mercy seat,
Until at the glorified throne I kneel at his feet.
*For Younger Children* Read or tell the following story “The Most Important Part” (Friend June 2007). Discuss the importance of partaking of the sacrament.
“Hurry up, kids!” Dad called. “I found a sacrament meeting that starts in an hour.”
We had driven all the way to California for a week of going to the beach, sleeping late, eating lots of ice cream, and visiting amusement parks. But today was Sunday, and Dad had been on the phone looking for a ward for us to attend.
“It’s hard to get ready for church on vacation,” I thought. My dress was wrinkled, and my brother Mike had left his Sunday shoes at home. My little sister Ruthie kept turning on the TV and opening every drawer and closet in our small hotel room. Finally we were ready.
The drive to church was longer than we expected, and by the time we arrived, the deacons had just finished passing the sacrament. We quietly slipped into a back row and listened to the rest of the meeting. Even though we didn’t know any of the people there, it felt just like home. We sang “We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet,” and one of the speakers told a story I had heard in Primary the week before.
After the meeting, Dad disappeared for a minute. When he came back, he said, “I just talked to the bishop. Another sacrament meeting starts in 15 minutes. You can stay cozy right here.”
“What? Why? We just went to sacrament meeting!” Mike protested.
“Yes, but we missed the sacrament,” Dad explained.
“But we heard all the talks and songs. Dad, we’re on vacation,” I whined.
Dad thought for a minute. “Michelle, you remember your baptism, don’t you?”
“Yes.” I had been baptized a few months before.
“Well, you remember that Mom and the bishop gave talks, Mike played the piano, and Sister Tueller led the opening and closing songs?”
“What was the most important part of your baptism? What were we all there for?” Dad asked.
“My baptism, of course!”
“Right. And taking the sacrament is the reason we come to sacrament meeting.”
I thought about how silly it would be to attend your baptism and leave before getting baptized. I realized that the sacrament must be even more important than I thought.
“Taking the sacrament is the most important thing we’ll do all week,” Dad said.
“More important than going to the beach?” Ruthie asked.
Dad smiled and pulled Ruthie onto his lap. “Even more important than going to the beach.”
We all chuckled. After all, we were on vacation.
Discuss the following questions as a family:
1- Why were they in California?
2- Where did their dad take them?
3- Did they leave after Sacrament meeting? Why not?
4- Is the Sacrament important?
Testify of the importance of partaking the Sacrament.
*For Teenagers or Adults* Read the last Supper and when Christ administers the sacrament to the Nephites. Testify of the importance of partaking the Sacrament.
Is the Sacrament important? Why?
Read the Sacrament prayers (D&C 20:75-79) & testify of the importance of partaking the Sacrament.
Scarecrow Cookies or Pumpkin Squares
Shredded wheat hay
Fruit leather patches
M&M’s and M&M’s Minis for eyes, noses, buttons, jewelry
Gummy candy or Circus Peanuts hats
Candy corn noses
Banana candy mouths
1- To prepare, use a gingerbread-man cookie cutter to shape a batch of your favorite cookie dough and bake the cookies.
2- After they have cooled, let the partygoers add the finishing touches, using colored frosting for scarecrow clothes and white icing to stick on decorations.
4 eggs, beaten
1 15-ounce can pumpkin
1 1/3 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger or nutmeg
1 3-ounce package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1- Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Beat together the eggs, pumpkin, sugar and oil until well blended. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and the ginger or nutmeg. Mix until smooth, then spread the batter in an ungreased 10- by 15-inch baking pan (or, for a fluffier version, a 9- by 13-inch pan). Bake for 25 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool.
2- For the frosting, beat together the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla extract until light and fluffy. Add the confectioners’ sugar and beat until smooth. Spread the frosting over the cake, then cut into 24 squares.
(Recipes taken from Familyfun.go.com)
1- Print, color & cut out a Sacrament Puzzle.
2- Memorize the Sacrament Prayers.
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.