Saturday, September 24, 2005
Day 13: Ether 12- Moroni 6 pgs 510-520 "The Sacrament: Our Weekly 'Report"
After finishing his abridgment of the Jaredite records, Mononi, himself the soul survivor of the genocide of his people, finds because he hasn't been discovered and killed yet, he has time to write a bit more. He gives us the sacrament prayers.
Moroni 4: O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this bread to the souls of all those who partake of it; that they may eat in remembrance of the body of thy Son, and witness (covenant) unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they are willing to take upon them the name of thy Son, and always remember him, and keep his commandments which he hath given them, that they may always have his Spirit to be with them. Amen. ***
The bread represents Christ's body and the works of his body, or his works in the flesh. After we take his name upon us (become Christians) we are to always remember him (his work, his ministry, his miracles, his atonement) and then we are to keep his commandments: the greatest of which was to be like him.
 The manner of administering the wine -- Behold, they took the cup, and said:
 O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee, in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this wine (nowadays we use water) to the souls of all those who drink of it, that they may do it in remembrance of the blood of thy Son, which was shed for them; that they may witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they do always remember him, that they may have his Spirit to be with them. Amen. ***
The wine/water represents his blood. Christ gave his life's blood to atone for us. Christ sealed his work with his blood. We are to remember his atonement, and covenant (witness) unto God that we ARE remembering Christ as our Savior.
Notice the subtle but important change in the two prayers. Bread prayer: " that they are willing to take upon them the name of thy Son, and always remember him." Here the Lord is asking for a commitment from us after we become members. In the prayer for the wine the words change to "do always remember him". Here, we are witnessing that we are doing what he asked of us. It's kind of like an asignemnt and report between God and us. The Lord: "Are you willing to remember and obey?" Us: "Yes, we are doing as you asked. We DO remember him."
The sacrament is our weekly chance to remew, remember and then report.