Renewing Covenants


“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


“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


“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


“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. Thus, if we keep those covenants with honor and exactness, we can feel as fresh and as pure as we did when we were first baptized. We can feel as committed to a temple sealing as we did as a new bride or groom. We can feel as loved of God as our sweet little Jordan did when she received her name and blessing. Covenants keep us new.”

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



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