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“When Diane was a new convert, she attended a branch outside of Johannesburg. One Sunday, as she sat in the congregation, the layout of the chapel made it so that the deacon did not see her as the sacrament was passed. Diane was disappointed but said nothing. Another member noted the omission and mentioned it to the branch president after the meeting. As Sunday School began, Diane was invited to an empty classroom.

 
“A priesthood holder came in. He knelt down, blessed some bread, and handed her a piece. She ate it. He knelt down again and blessed some water and handed her a small cup. She drank it. Thereafter, Diane had two thoughts in rapid succession: First, ‘Oh, he [the priesthood holder] did this just for me.’ And then, ‘Oh, He [the Savior] did this just for me.’ Diane felt Heavenly Father’s love.
 
“Her realization that the Savior’s sacrifice was just for her helped her feel close to Him and fueled an overwhelming desire to keep that feeling in her heart, not just on Sunday but every day. She realized that although she sat in a congregation to partake of the sacrament, the covenants she made anew each Sunday were individually hers. The sacrament helped—and continues to help—Diane feel the power of godly love, recognize the Lord’s hand in her life, and draw closer to the Savior.”
 
Dale G. Renlund, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
That I Might Draw All Men unto Me,” April 2016 General Conference

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“When we open ourselves to the Spirit, we learn God’s way and feel His will. During the sacrament, which I call the heart of the Sabbath, I have found that after I pray for forgiveness of sins, it is instructive for me to ask Heavenly Father, ‘Father, is there more?’ When we are yielded and still, our minds can be directed to something more we may need to change—something that is limiting our capacity to receive spiritual guidance or even healing and help.”
 
Neill F. Marriott, Second Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Yielding Our Hearts to God,” October 2015 General Conference
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“Partaking of the sacrament each week breathes hope into the divinity within us, and we remember our Savior, Jesus Christ.”

Rosemary M. Wixom, Primary General President
Discovering the Divinity Within,” October 2015 General Conference
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“As we partake of the sacrament, we witness to God that we will remember His Son always, not just during the brief sacrament ordinance. This means that we will constantly look to the Savior’s example and teachings to guide our thoughts, our choices, and our acts.”

Cheryl A. Esplin, Second Counselor. Primary General Presidency
The Sacrament—A Renewal for the Soul,” October 2014 General Conference

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“How can the sacrament ‘be a truly spiritual experience, a holy communion, a renewal for the soul’ each week?

“The sacrament becomes a spiritually strengthening experience when we listen to the sacrament prayers and recommit to our covenants. To do this, we must be willing to take upon us the name of Jesus Christ.”

Cheryl A. Esplin, Second Counselor. Primary General Presidency
The Sacrament—A Renewal for the Soul,” October 2014 General Conference

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“The sacrament gives us an opportunity for introspection and an opportunity to turn our heart and will to God. Obedience to the commandments brings the power of the gospel into our lives and greater peace and spirituality.

“The sacrament provides a time for a truly spiritual experience as we reflect upon the Savior’s redeeming and enabling power through His Atonement.”

Cheryl A. Esplin, Second Counselor. Primary General Presidency
The Sacrament—A Renewal for the Soul,” October 2014 General Conference

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“A single woman I know values the weekly ordinance of the sacrament and its sacred promise ‘that [she] may always have his Spirit to be with [her].’ That constant companionship is a promise that softens the waves of her loneliness. It gives her strength to immerse herself in developing her talents and a desire to serve the Lord. She has discovered great joy in adoring all the children in her life, and when she seeks serene peace, you will find her in the temple.”

Rosemary M. Wixom, Primary General President
Keeping Covenants Protects Us, Prepares Us, and Empowers Us,” April 2014 General Conference

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“We need the opportunity to renew our covenants each week as we partake of the sacrament. Latter-day prophets and apostles have taught that when we worthily partake of the sacrament, we can renew not only our baptismal covenant but ‘all covenants entered into with the Lord.’ ”

Carole M. Stephens, First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Do We Know What We Have,” October 2013 General Conference

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“Why does the Savior put so much importance upon the sacrament, dear sisters? What importance does this weekly renewal of our baptismal covenants play in our lives? Do we recognize the ability of the Savior to completely cleanse us every week as we worthily and thoughtfully partake of the sacrament?”

Linda S. Reeves, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Claim the Blessings of Your Covenants,” October 2013 General Conference

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“One Sunday a young sister joyfully exclaimed, ‘I get to take the sacrament today!’ When was the last time we rejoiced in that privilege? And how do we demonstrate it? We do this by always remembering the Savior and always keeping His commandments, which include keeping His Sabbath day holy. We do it by always remembering Him as we always have our personal and family prayers, daily scripture study, and weekly family home evenings. And when we get distracted or casual with these important things, we repent and begin again.”

Linda K. Burton, Relief Society General President
The Power, Joy, and Love of Covenant Keeping,” October 2013 General Conference

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“It is not possible to make real change all by ourselves. Our own willpower and our own good intentions are not enough. When we make mistakes or choose poorly, we must have the help of our Savior to get back on track. We partake of the sacrament week after week to show our faith in His power to change us. We confess our sins and promise to forsake them.

“When our best efforts are not quite enough, it is through His grace that we receive the strength to keep trying.”

Julie B. Beck, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Remembering, Repenting, and Changing,” April 2007 General Conference

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“When we take the sacrament each week, we commit to change our lives for the better. We should always be trying to become a new person who is more like our Savior Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul calls this ‘[walking] in newness of life.’ ”

Julie B. Beck, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
You Have a Noble Birthright,” April 2006 General Conference

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“Every time you worthily partake of the sacrament, you have the opportunity to begin again and do a little better. It is like burying the old, unworthy part of yourself and starting over with a new life.”

Julie B. Beck, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
There Is Hope Smiling Brightly before Us,” April 2003 General Conference

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“To be steadfast in Christ implies keeping covenants. Each week we renew our baptismal covenants to take His name upon us, to ‘always remember him,’ and to ‘keep his commandments’ (see D&C 20:77). We are steadfast in Christ when we do these things, and our spirits are lifted and our hearts are filled with love. Simply stated, when I keep my covenants, I feel hope and I feel love.”

Susan W. Tanner, Young Women General President
Steadfast in Our Covenants,” April 2003 General Conference

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“It is interesting to note that as we listen to our children, they can also teach us. A father shared an experience he had with his eight-year-old daughter. He said: ‘While I was contemplating remarks for my sacrament meeting talk on ‘Becoming like Little Children,’ I asked my daughter why we needed to become like little children. She responded, ‘Because we are all little children compared to Jesus, and because little children have a good imagination.’ ’

“Surprised by the last part of her answer, he asked why we need a good imagination. She replied, ‘So we can imagine Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross, and when we take the sacrament we can think about Him.’ ”

Coleen K. Menlove, Primary General President
A Voice of Gladness for Our Children,” October 2002 General Conference

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“Baptism is the critical priesthood ordinance which opens the door to eternal life for each one of us. It is the benchmark from which we count our many blessings, because this is when our accountability to follow Jesus Christ and live his gospel begins. And then, each week as we partake of the sacrament we are reminded to ‘always remember him’. What a blessing this visual reminder is.”

Elaine L. Jack, Relief Society General President
Partakers of the Glories,” October 1996 General Conference

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“How did you feel the last time you partook of the sacrament? Did you ponder those covenants made in fonts and within temples? The sacrament enables us to renew our covenants.”

Bonnie D. Parkin, Relief Society General President
Celebrating Covenants,” April 1995 General Conference

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“We are reminded of our baptismal covenants by partaking of the sacrament. The sacrament prayer help us remember Him and His goodness. We can live worthy to participate in the temple ordinances. These ordinances are the culminating act of conversion of mortal men and women, which fulfills that need for an earthly commitment to heavenly knowledge. We can consider our visits to the temple as a personal pilgrimage to a sacred place, as the shepherds must have considered their journey to that humble manger.”

Betty Jo N. Jepsen, First Counselor, Primary General Presidency
By Way of Invitation,” October 1992 General Conference

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