The most important part of our Sunday meetings is the sacrament (or Communion).
Each week, bread and water are blessed and offered to the congregation. As we eat and drink these symbolic elements, we promise to remember the sacrifice of Jesus and strive to keep His commandments. It’s a wonderful opportunity to feel God’s love for us and invite the Holy Spirit to guide and comfort us.
The First Sacrament
On the night before His Crucifixion, Jesus met with His Apostles and instituted the sacrament. He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me” (Luke 22:19). He then took wine, blessed it, and passed it to them, saying, “This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you” (Luke 22:20).
Today, we take the sacrament as a weekly reminder of the sacrifice made by Jesus Christ, which allows us to be forgiven of our sins and live again after we die.
The promises we make during the Sacrament
When we take the sacrament each week, we promise that:
1. We are willing to take upon ourselves Jesus’s name and always remember Him (this means that we try to represent Jesus through our words and actions).
2. We will keep His commandments.
Blessings from taking the Sacrament
If we keep the commitments we have made to the Lord, we are promised the guidance and comfort of His Holy Spirit. Having the Holy Spirit with us is one of the greatest blessings in this life.
Why we use water instead of wine
Remembering the Savior is the most important aspect of the sacrament. God has revealed to modern-day prophets that water can also symbolize the blood of Jesus and remind us of His sacrifice.