Question Box: Taking the Sacrament

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August 17, 2011

Question: Say you have to work every Sunday, can a Mormon take the sacrament on a weekday or any other day besides Sunday?

A: The sacrament is administered by members of the Aaronic and Melchizedek priesthoods under the direction of the Bishop of each ward. There are situations, such as when an individual is ill and unable to attend Sunday meetings, when arrangements are made under the direction of the Bishop for priesthood holders to administer the sacrament outside of sacrament meeting to that individual.  Theoretically, an individual can take the sacrament on any day of the week, as long as it is under the direction of the priesthood leader and administered with the proper authority. In fact, in some parts of the world, sacrament services are held on days other than Sunday, depending on the customs of the country and the needs of the individuals, but it is always administered under the guidance of the bishop or priesthood leader in the area. If an individual is unable to attend Sunday meetings, but wants to partake of the sacrament, they should discuss their situation with their Bishop.

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6 Responses to “Question Box: Taking the Sacrament”

  1. Peter

    I hope that working on Sunday is a temporary thing. I know that when I miss just 1 or 2 days of worship, it has a big effect on me.

  2. Why would it be a big deal to miss taking the sacrament once in a while? 

  3. Kim

    Cindy,
    Taking the sacrament is a chance to renew the covenants (promises) we make when we are baptized.  It’s a sacred time when we can commune with Heavenly Father and make goals about how we can improve during the next week.  Occasionally we may miss the sacrament if we are sick, have a general/stake conference, or have other extenuating circumstances.  We understand that because life is full of the unexpected, we may have times beyond our control when we cannot take the sacrament.  However, we try to take it as much as possible because we need the opportunity to reflect on our progress and symbolically show the Lord that we will continue to keep our covenants and follow him.

  4. So unless you take the sacrament you are not under the covenant for the week?  I mean, does your promises wear off somehow?
    Jesus said that we shouldn’t make covenants with God, heaven or man, but simply to do as we say we will, “Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths:But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne:Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.” Matthew 5
    Why do you believe you should make covenants?

  5. Bus Gillespie

    Excellent Cindy, you demonstrate yet again how the Bible can be interpreted so many different ways.  Now how do you reconcile your interpretation of the “Swear not at all” concept and its connection with the sacrament and the command Jesus gave his disciples to partake of his body and his blood as he showed them how to do during the last supper.  I’m glad that we have prophets today and additional scriptures beyond the Bible so that we can understand what the Lord wants us to do.

  6. Cindy

    Bus,
    My question isn’t whether or not we should participate in the sacrament, just whether or not our salvation is affected by our participation.  
    I searched lds.org for information on the required ordinance sacrament and found these instructions:
    “However, there are some rather simple things that we can do that will greatly enhance the power of the sacrament in our lives. Briefly put, we must come to the sacrament prepared to covenant with the Lord. We must have expended sufficient effort before we arrive at a meeting where the sacrament is to be administered that we can honestly witness that we “do always remember him.” It is difficult to see how we can do that if we have not developed patterns of frequent and fervent prayer, and if the scriptures are merely gathering dust on our bookshelves. We cannot and do not “remember” the Master in the requisite sense unless we are continually striving to fill ourselves with the things of God.
    Moreover, we need to be ready to make some specific commitments. One way to identify specific areas for recommitment is to adopt Benjamin Franklin’s approach of listing a number of key virtues and then working on each trait in succession, week by week. While this approach is a step in the right direction, it is not nearly as potent as spending some time early Sunday morning reading the scriptures, and then spending additional time prayerfully reviewing our commitments from prior weeks and asking the Lord what he expects of us now—during the next seven days. Perhaps the Lord doesn’t expect us to work on everything at once—if we will listen sincerely, he will open our minds to the things he expects us to be doing now. Having received a personal “list” from the Lord in that way—or from ourselves if direct guidance from the Lord at first seems slow in coming—we are prepared to “offer up” some specific commitments as we partake of the sacrament. Recording such commitments in writing underscores the seriousness with which they are made, and facilitates both remembering and recommitting.”
     
    In contrast, I believe that Christ asked His disciples to truly accept Him as the bread of life and rely on Him for their lives.  “Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. 34 Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. 35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger ; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst”.  John 6

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