I feel certain that if, in our homes, parents will read from The Book of Mormon prayerfully and regularly, both by themselves and with their children, the spirit of that great book will come to permeate our homes and all who dwell therein. The spirit of reverence will increase; mutual respect and consideration for each other will grow. The spirit of contention will depart. Parents will counsel their children in greater love and wisdom. Children will be more responsive and submissive to the counsel of their parents. Righteousness will increase. Faith, hope, and charity - the pure love of Christ - will abound in our homes and lives, bringing in their wake peace, joy, and happiness.
- President Marion G. Romney

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Living Scripture ~ Sacrament Meeting…

OaksDH_04 I just finished reading this week’s talk from the October 2008 General Conference.  It’s a good one.  It is Sacrament Meeting and the Sacrament by Elder Dallin H. Oaks.  {Page 17 in the November Ensign, or online here.}

Elder Oaks reminds us how sacrament meeting is the most sacred and important meeting in the church.  He starts out telling about how those of us trying to walk the straight and narrow path, see detours regularly.  It’s easy to be distracted, degraded, downhearted or depressed.  He goes on to tell us that the Spirit of the Lord can help us with these problems.  He also gently reminds us that by participating in the ordinance of the sacrament correctly, we qualify to have the Spirit with us always.

Elder Oaks continues with five points.

  • A reminder of how the sacrament meeting is the meeting for the whole family to participate in. 
  • Personal preparation for the sacrament.
  • How we dress and act for the sacrament.
  • A reminder of the importance of the sacrament.
  • Advice for the priesthood holders that participate in the giving of the sacrament.

So, take a few minutes and read through this talk.  It’s full of good advice and gentle reminders.  It has given me a lot to think about as far as the way my family does things for that hour of church.  My oldest is almost 8, and before I know it, he will be 12.  I’m glad that I read through and discovered the things that he needs to know and do so that he can help with the passing of the sacrament. 

Please, share your thoughts.

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