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Young Men Lesson 27: Reverence

Manual 1; Excert from "A Sense of the Sacred" by D. Todd Christofferson

June 29, 2012

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"We dress formally at church and other sacred occasions not because we are important, but because the occasion is important." -D. Todd Christofferson

Discussion Questions:

  • How would you explain to a new member what it means to be reverent?
  • How might your reverence for the sacrament influence the experience of ward members during this ordinance?
  • What can you do to show your reverence for the sacrament?

Excert from "A Sense of the Sacred" by D. Todd Christofferson:

When you develop a deepening reverence for sacred things, the Holy Spirit becomes your frequent and then constant companion. You grow in understanding and truth. The scriptures speak of it as a light that grows “brighter and brighter until the perfect day” (D&C 50:24). That process is also described as progressing from grace to grace. The Savior Himself progressed in that way until He received a fulness, and you may follow in His footsteps (see D&C 93:12–20). That is where a sense of the sacred will lead you.

On the other hand, those who do not appreciate holy things will lose them. Absent a feeling of reverence, they will grow increasingly casual in attitude and conduct. They will drift from the moorings that their covenants with God could provide. Their feelings of accountability to God will diminish and then be forgotten. Thereafter, they will care only about their own comfort and satisfying their uncontrolled appetites. Finally, they will come to despise sacred things, even God, and then they will despise themselves.

Always remember, as holiness grows within and you are entrusted with greater knowledge and understanding, you must treat these things with care. The Lord said, “That which cometh from above is sacred, and must be spoken with care, and by constraint of the Spirit” (D&C 63:64). He also commanded that we must not cast pearls before swine or give that which is holy to dogs (see 3 Ne. 14:6; D&C 41:6), meaning sacred things should not be discussed with those who are not prepared to appreciate their value.

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