“75 It is expedient that the church meet together often to partake of bread and wine in the remembrance of the Lord Jesus;”
1. In our lovely Deseret,
Where the Saints of God have met,
There’s a multitude of children all around.
They are generous and brave;
They have precious souls to save;
They must listen and obey the gospel’s sound.
Hark! Hark! Hark! ’tis children’s music–
Children’s voices, oh, how sweet,
When in innocence and love,
Like the angels up above,
They with happy hearts and cheerful faces meet.
2. That the children may live long
And be beautiful and strong,
Tea and coffee and tobacco they despise,
Drink no liquor, and they eat
But a very little meat;
They are seeking to be great and good and wise.
3. They should be instructed young
How to watch and guard the tongue,
And their tempers train and evil passions bind;
They should always be polite,
And treat ev’rybody right,
And in ev’ry place be affable and kind.
4. They must not forget to pray,
Night and morning ev’ry day,
For the Lord to keep them safe from ev’ry ill,
And assist them to do right,
That with all their mind and might
They may love him and may learn to do his will.
Help us, O God, to understand
Our Savior’s love for us.
He paid the price for all our sins
And died upon the cross.
Help us to love him more each day,
Though him we cannot see.
His teachings and his loving heart
Will lead us back to thee.
*For Younger Children*
When did the sacrament begin?
On the night before He was crucified, Jesus Christ gave His Apostles the sacrament. He broke bread into pieces, said a prayer, and passed it to the Apostles. Then He took a cup, said another prayer, and passed the cup around so that each Apostle could take a sip. He said the sacrament was to help them remember Him. (See 1 Corinthians 11:24–25. See also3 Nephi 18:7, 11.)
Why do we have the sacrament today?
When the Church was restored in the latter days, Jesus told Joseph Smiththat it is important for members of the Church to meet together often to partake of the sacrament. When Jesus visited the Nephites, He also gave them the sacrament. Like people in the time of Jesus and people in Book of Mormon times, we take the sacrament to promise (covenant with) Heavenly Father that we are willing to remember Jesus Christ and keep His commandments.
Where can I read about the sacrament?
Matthew 26:26–28; Mark 14:22–24; Luke 22:19–20; 3 Nephi 18:1–11;Moroni 4–5; D&C 20:46, 58, 75–79
Who can prepare the sacrament?
Any worthy priesthood holder except deacons can prepare the sacrament. Teachers in the Aaronic Priesthood, young men ages 14–15, usually prepare the sacrament.
Who can pass the sacrament?
Any worthy priesthood holder can pass the sacrament. Deacons in the Aaronic Priesthood, young men ages 12–13, usually pass the sacrament.
Who can say the sacrament prayers?
Any worthy priesthood holder except deacons and teachers can administer the sacrament prayers. Priests in the Aaronic Priesthood, young men ages 16–18, usually say the sacrament prayers.
The Aaronic Priesthood holders prepare and pass the sacrament, and administer the sacrament prayers with reverence. They remember that Jesus also did these things.
How can I show my love for Jesus during the sacrament?
If you can read, sing the words to the sacrament song with the congregation. If you can’t read yet, hum.
Listen to the prayers on the bread and water.
Think about the promises you make to Heavenly Father. You promise to remember His Son, Jesus Christ, to be willing to take Jesus’s name upon yourself, and to keep His commandments.
Think about the promises Heavenly Father makes to you. Heavenly Father promises you one of His greatest gifts—that His Spirit may always be with you.
The covenants of baptism and the sacrament are similar.
If you have been baptized, the sacrament makes it possible for you to renew the covenants (promises) you made when you were baptized. ReadMosiah 18:8–10 and D&C 20:37 for a reminder of those promises.
Testify of the importance of the sacrament in our every day lives.
Preparing the sacrament can sometimes become routine. For this quorum, serving in the hospital, it became something more.
Isaac Ernsten pulls on a pair of rubber gloves while one of the other young men in the quorum helps tie a hospital gown over his white shirt and tie. They all put on surgical masks and make sure they have both the sacrament trays before they walk into the hospital room. The man in the bed is one of many who has requested that the young men bring the sacrament to him.
Each Sunday, patients in the Salt Lake Regional Medical Center who can’t make it to church have church brought to them by the young men from the Salt Lake Emigration Stake. During the months of January and July, it’s the responsibility of the young men from the 21st North Ward.
“In church, some people take the sacrament just because it’s a part of the sacrament meeting,” says Isaac, a priest who helps bring the sacrament to hospital patients. “These people have to request that the sacrament be brought to them. I think it means a lot to them. Some of them are so happy to see us when we get there. I can tell that they really want the sacrament.”
Most of the young men will admit that sometimes it makes them a bit nervous to be around people who are seriously injured or dying, but they feel it is their duty, and they enjoy doing it. And even though the man in the hospital bed does not feel well, he is happy to see them come in.
Not so routine
The stained glass windows around the small chapel glow with the bright light from outside. The hospital branch uses a chapel that was built by the Catholic Church when the hospital was known as Holy Cross Hospital. More than half the congregation is made up of the young men from the 21st North Ward, and there are fewer than a dozen of them. Others in attendance include the branch presidency, Relief Society presidency, a few patients who feel well enough to leave their beds, and some hospital staff.
It takes one deacon only a few minutes to pass the sacrament to everyone. Then the young men put on the sacrament meeting program. They give the talks, offer the prayers, and fill in wherever else they are needed.
“In our home ward, preparing the sacrament can sometimes become routine,” says Abe Daris, a priest who has helped prepare, bless, or pass the sacrament at the hospital since he was a deacon. “Not that it should be routine, but here it is something more. It makes me realize how important the sacrament is. Even if there are only one or two members who show up, it’s still important enough for a whole quorum to help out a branch president and conduct a sacrament meeting. It’s important that members renew their covenants every week and feel the Spirit.”
After the meeting, the young men visit the individual rooms of people who have requested the sacrament. “That’s my favorite part,” Abe says. “It makes me realize how important the sacrament is to people. When we come with the sacrament, they just light up, and they’re so excited.”
What they give
All of the priesthood holders can remember specific people and experiences in the hospital that strengthened their testimonies. Abe remembers a woman who was very ill. “She had a lot of trouble breathing,” he said. “She couldn’t talk at all and could barely move. Even though we couldn’t communicate verbally, we could see in her eyes that she was happy to receive the sacrament. We smiled at her, and she smiled back. We could feel the Spirit and knew she appreciated it. It’s hard to explain. You had to be there.”
One of Abe’s brothers, Jeremiah, a teacher, remembers helping a woman who couldn’t move to take the sacrament. “I had to hold the sacrament water out and pour it into her mouth,” he says. “That was probably one of the more memorable experiences. I was helping someone who couldn’t do it for herself. She was really happy to get the sacrament. I’m sure she was glad I was there.”
Before they bless the sacrament and pass it to the patients, Simon Williams, one of the teachers, enjoys visiting. “There are all sorts of people there. Sometimes we visit new mothers, and sometimes we visit older people,” he says. “When you are in a hospital, I think you have a lot of time to think about life. People start thinking about what they’ve done in the past and start thinking more about Heavenly Father and the gospel. I think taking the sacrament for the people in the hospital can mean more for them than for many people because a lot of the people in the hospital are going to have some pretty big changes in their lives.”
What they get
Each week as the young men give service in the hospital, they receive something themselves. One thing they all agree on is that their assignment has given them a greater understanding of the importance of the sacrament. “A lot of times in my home ward I don’t really take the chance to think about what the sacrament means because I’m focused on passing it,” Simon says. “Sometimes we take the sacrament for granted. But it really stands for something amazing.”
The youth feel it is their duty to serve others. But no matter how much they give, they say they are the ones who are rewarded most. “We have such a good time doing it that it’s not really like it’s a sacrifice,” Abe says. “When you’ve been given so much, you have to serve and help other people. This has just been another way for us to give back, and not only to help other people, but to grow ourselves. Our duty to God is to serve Him by serving other people.”
Testify of the importance of the sacrament in our every day lives.
A Dinosaur Goes to Church Children’s Book
Bread of Life
My Book of Mormon Quiet Book
Fresh Fruit Popsicles or Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge
Fresh Fruit Popsicles
- 1 peach, cut into 1/2 inch silice (1/2 cup)
- 2 kiwis, peeled and sliced into 1/4 inch rounds
- 3/4 cup strawberries, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 1/2 cup raspberries
- 1 1/2 to 2 cups of fuit punch or 100% white-grape juice
- Combine fruit in a mixing bowl and arrange the mixture into eight 3-ounce popsicle molds.
- Pour enough juice into each mold to just cover fruit.
- Insert Popsicle sticks and freeze until solid (about six hours).
(Taken from LILSUGAR.com)
Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge
- 1/2 cup coconut oil (slightly melted, but not hot)
- 1/2 cup good quality cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup raw honey
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- Prepare a muffin pan with 10 muffin liners.
- Put all ingredients in the bowl of your food processor. Pulse a few times until everything is smooth and nicely combined. (It will be very liquid-y.) Don’t over-mix.
- Pour the liquid fudge into the prepared muffin liners dividing evenly between the ten of them. There will be about a half inch of fudge in each muffin liner.
- Place the muffin pan in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or until the fudge has hardened. (Sometimes I use the freezer and it only takes about 10 minutes)
- Remove the muffin liners from the pan and enjoy your delicious, healthy fudge! Store in the refrigerator.
(Taken from CreatingNaturally.com)
What you’ll Need:
- Six or seven wire clothes hangers
- 1 softball-size ball or a flying disk for each player
- Crepe paper streamers or colored tape
- Jingle bells
- 1 or more players
How To Play:
Setup: Shape the wire hangers into circular targets as shown. To make the targets easier to see, wrap the wire with crepe paper or colored tape. Suspend a jingle bell from a string in the center. Hang the targets in trees or from play structures, spaced so that players can go from one to the next as they would on a golf course.
Players take turns throwing their ball or disk through the open space in the hanger. Scoring is similar to golf: Players get a point for each throw that doesn’t make it through the hanger, and the lowest score wins. But, hit the bell in the center of the hanger, and you get to subtract a point.
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.