8And he said unto them: He that eateth this bread eateth of my body to his soul; and he that drinketh of this wine drinketh of my blood to his soul; and his soul shall never hunger nor thirst, but shall be filled.
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (you may know us by the expression, “Mormon” Church though our full name is indicated above), take the Sacrament weekly. What is the Sacrament, some may ask, or why is it important?
On the night before His Crucifixion, Jesus Christ met with His Apostles and instituted the sacrament ( Luke 22:19–20). After His Resurrection, He instituted the sacrament among the Nephites, a people who lived on this American continent, whose dealings are recorded for you and I in a record called The Book of Mormon (as described in the passage above and in 3 Nephi 18:1–11). Today the sacrament is an ordinance in which Church members partake of bread and water in remembrance of Jesus Christ’s atoning sacrifice. This ordinance is an essential part of worship and spiritual development. Through this ordinance, Church members renew the covenants they made with God when they were baptized.
The Bible and Book of Mormon, once again, are two witnesses of eternal truth. The power to perform this ordinance is contained only within the one and only true and living Church on earth, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Of the sacred nature of the sacrament, one late LDS (“Mormon”) apostle speaks:
I feel that a comprehension of the sacredness of the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper is important to the members of the Church. We partake of physical food—that is, we partake of bread and water etc., to nourish the physical body. It is just as necessary that we partake of the emblems of the body and blood of our risen Lord to increase our spiritual strength (George Albert Smith, in Conference Report, Apr. 1908, p. 34).