The Sacrament

Song: "As Now We Take the Sacrament" (Hymns, 169)

Scripture: D&C 59:9,12

Quote:

Do you remember the feeling you had when you were baptized--that sweet, clean feeling of a pure soul, having been forgiven, washed clean through the merits of the Savior? If we partake of the sacrament worthily, we can feel that way regularly, for we renew that covenant, which includes his forgiveness.

(John H. Groberg, "The Beauty and Importance of the Sacrament," Ensign, May 1989, 38)

Lesson:

Prepare a picture of Christ (such as Gospel Art Kit #240) by covering it with three layers of tissue paper. Secure tissue paper at the top with paper clips or tape. Point to the picture of Christ. Ask the group if they can tell who the picture is of. (Press the paper flat against the picture so that the image of Christ is slightly detected.) Explain that when things go wrong, if we think of Jesus it makes us feel closer to him. Remove one sheet of tissue paper and point out that you can now see the picture a little more clearly. Tell your family that when we obey and do things without complaining, we can again have a special feeling and feel the Savior's love. Remove another sheet of tissue paper, and help your family see how clear the picture is becoming. Teach that when we have a choice to make, if we think about Jesus, we will know what to do. We can feel closer and closer to Him as we think of Him often. Remove the final sheet of tissue paper. Remind your family that when we take the sacrament we covenant to try to remember the Savior and do what He would want us to do.

(Beth Lefgren and Jennifer Jackson, Sharing Time, Family Time, Anytime, [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1992], p.80.)

Activity:

Play the following action memory game with your family. Have everyone stand up. Explain that you will do several actions such as clapping, shaking your head, touching your elbow, and so on. The children must watch carefully. They are to repeat your actions in the same order. Begin with only one action, and add an action each time. Challenge them to see how many actions they can follow. Encourage them to help each other too. Praise them for watching, remembering, and following so carefully. Liken this to remembering Jesus and following his example.

(Beth Lefgren and Jennifer Jackson, Sharing Time, Family Time, Anytime: Book Two, [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1994], p.80.)

Extras:

" Review the story of the Last Supper.

" Find the sacrament prayers in the scriptures and read them together.

" Remind your family that earth life brings many challenges and decisions. Jesus will always help us, if we remember him. We must think of his example and ask ourselves, "What would Jesus do?" Then we must do our best to follow that example.

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