Sunday, November 4, 2018

President Howard W. Hunter on the sacredness of the sacrament

President Howard W. Hunter (1907-1995) was called to the Quorum of Twelve in 1959.  He served as Church President from June 5, 1994 to his death on March 3, 1995.
"To make a covenant with the Lord to always keep His commandments is a serious obligation, and to renew that covenant by partaking of the sacrament is equally serious. The solemn moments of thought while the sacrament is being served have great significance. They are moments of self-examination, introspection, self-discernment—a time to reflect and to resolve....
"What a wonderful thing it would be if all persons had an understanding of the purpose of baptism and the willingness to accept of it; the desire to keep the covenants made in that ordinance to serve the Lord and live His commandments; and, in addition, the desire to partake of the sacrament on the Sabbath day to renew those covenants to serve Him and be faithful to the end."
- Howard W. Hunter, "Thoughts on the Sacrament," General Conference April 1977
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This is a beautiful, thoughtful talk by President Hunter. He reviews the personal experience of coming home from a Church assignment in time to participate in the sacrament service of his home ward, and shares the thoughts and reflections he had during that sacred time.

"Perhaps we don't think often enough about the serious and sacred nature of our covenants with God. President Hunter teaches about the nature of making and renewing our most sacred promises:

Those sacred minutes of quiet reflection during the administration of the sacrament are so important. They are "moments of self-examination, introspection, self-discernment—a time to reflect and to resolve." Most of us can try harder to stay focused and receive greater benefit from those times.

(Compilation and commentary by David Kenison, Orem, Utah, 2018)

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