YW Lesson 2-26 "The Sacrament"

I really like the objective of this lesson: "Each young woman will participate with deeper understanding in the ordinance of the sacrament." It's so easy to let it go by taking it entirely for granted week after week - but if you really consider what the sacrament is for and what it's doing, it's amazing that we take it as casually as we sometimes do. It can be a ho-hum experience or it can be a genuine opportunity to bring something to the altar, to be serious about preparation and to really hunger/thirst for its spiritual nourishment, and to re-make one's baptismal covenant with renewed humility and determination. I think poor hapless "Pam" in the lesson is like many of us - quiet, reverent even, during the sacrament, but something's missing. This lesson's a chance to inject "deeper understanding" into that moment within each week.

I've got four ideas.

1) Connect it to Passover. At Passover time this spring, I gave a short Wednesday-night Mutual presentation on the Jewish Seder and as I went along I explained the connection between the Passover Seder and the Last Supper. I think it gave the youth a new perspective on that supper, and therefore on the sacrament, to realize that it was a Passover dinner. Try Terry Treseder, "Passover Promises Fulfilled in the Last Supper" (Ensign April 1990) if you want to go that route in your lesson, maybe even with props (matzoh, grape juice, bitter herbs, salt water, a hard-boiled egg).iv>

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