By Ilyan Kei Lavanway, Moroni Channel
Rockledge Florida, USA
Maayong aga, Brothers and Sisters. Our Stake President assigned the High Council to speak about the importance of sacrament meeting, with emphasis on Handbook Two, Chapter 18.2.2.
I would like to preface my remarks by testifying that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only true and living church on the earth. What does that mean?
When we say this is the only true church, we mean this is the only Church that has the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ; the only church governed by Jesus Christ; the only Church having the priesthood, which is the authority of God to administer the ordinances of salvation and exaltation.
One of those ordinances is the sacrament. It is not enough to just be baptized and confirmed a member of this church. We must actively participate in the Gospel all our lives. That includes attending sacrament meeting on time each Sunday and partaking of the bread and water, and pondering the sacrament prayers (see 2 Nephi 31:15-20; Moroni 4:3; Moroni 5:2; 3 Nephi 18:1-12; 3 Nephi 20:3-8; 3 Nephi 26:13; John 6:54).
When we say this is the only living church, we mean this is the only church organized by Jesus Christ to have a living prophet and living apostles, and continuing revelation from Jesus through his living prophet and living apostles.
That includes modern revelation, which is living scripture. General Conference talks are living scripture. The First Presidency messages published monthly in the Liahona and Ensign magazines are living scripture. Church Handbooks of Instruction are living scripture. They are every bit as authoritative as the Bible, The Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and The Pearl of Great Price.
Handbook Two, Chapter 18.2.2 states:
Each sacrament meeting should be a spiritual experience in which members of the Church renew their covenants by partaking of the sacrament. Other purposes of sacrament meeting are to worship, provide gospel instruction, perform ordinances, conduct ward business, and strengthen faith and testimony.
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