Aug 12, 2014

The Sacrament (FHE)

We were lucky to have a couple of our friends join us for Family Home Evening this week.  I based this lesson on the Gospel Principles manual, Chapter 23: The Sacrament.

Song: We sang song #71 from the primary Children's Songbook, To Think About Jesus.  It goes as follows:

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.
 
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.
 
Chorus: It shouldn't be hard, even though I am small,
To think about Jesus, not hard at all.

Lesson:  Our Savior wants us to remember His great atoning sacrifice and keep His commandments. To help us do this, He initiated the sacrament.  He has commanded us to meet often and partake of the sacrament.  The sacrament is a holy priesthood ordinance that helps remind us of the Savior’s Atonement. During the sacrament, we partake of bread and water. We do this in remembrance of His flesh and His blood, which He gave as a sacrifice for us. As we partake of the sacrament, we renew sacred covenants with our Heavenly Father.


Jesus Christ taught the ordinance of the sacrament to the Jews before He was crucified.  After His resurrection, He taught the ordinance of the sacrament to the Nephites in the Americas (3 Nephi 18:1–11; 20:1–9).  When Joseph Smith restored the gospel, Jesus taught him the ordinance of the sacrament, and we continue to participate in this ordinance today each Sunday (D&C 20:75).

Each time we partake of the sacrament, we renew our covenants with the Lord. The covenants we make are clearly stated in the sacramental prayers. We take these obligations upon ourselves when we are baptized (D&C 20:37; Mosiah 18:6–10).  When we partake of the sacrament, we renew the covenants we made when we were baptized. Jesus gave us the pattern for partaking of the sacrament (3 Nephi 18:1–12) and said that when we follow this pattern, repenting of our sins and believing on His name, we will gain a remission of our sins (Joseph Smith Translation, Matthew 26:24).

Before partaking of the sacrament, we are to prepare ourselves spiritually. The Lord emphasizes that no one should partake of the sacrament unworthily. That means we must repent of our sins before taking the sacrament.  During the sacrament service we should feel prayerful and reverent. We should think of the Atonement of our Savior and be grateful for it. We should examine our lives and look for ways to improve. We should also renew our determination to keep the commandments.  We do not need to be perfect before partaking of the sacrament, but we must have the spirit of repentance in our hearts.


Activity:  This was a hard theme to come up with an activity for, so I decided to scour the internet for ideas.  I decided on an activity from A Year of FHE.  Initially, I would've liked to make a sacrament meeting quiet book, but that idea came to me much too late to plan out what it would entail.  Still, as I write this blog, I think I just may go out and make one with June later this week as an extension of our FHE activity.

We started off with a little dance and poem:

SACRAMENT MOVEMENT POEM
I’ll fold my arms (fold arms),
I’ll bow my head (bow head),
And quiet, quiet be (whisper this line).
As the sacrament is blessed,
I will remember Thee.

Then, I went over the Sacrament Rules poster and June wanted to tape it to her wall in her room, which we did.  Then June got to color a Sacrament coloring page which depicts scenes of the sacrament with the Jews, Nephites, early Saints, and Saints today.  This was just a very basic activity, but the girls still enjoyed it.

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