Vision of the Sacrament

I had this experience with the Lord, May 5, 2016. This is my personal journal entry:

I woke up around 4:00 AM this morning so I could come to my Lord and ask the questions I’ve been thinking about for the last few days. When I heard His voice say to come, I saw myself ascending up through the portal of light. I came to His throne and saw the many beautiful people (angels) in white with their arms raised praising Him. I came to where He sat in His chair and looked upon Him. His light and glory is marvelous. He stood as I spoke with Him. I expressed my love and held His hand. I asked if it is good to take Him away from all this that is happening around us and was given the understanding that although we were surrounded by angels, our conversation was private and unfettered. I had His full attention.

I said I had many questions. He made it clear that I could ask as many questions I needed and encouraged me to ask more. He said something like, “The time is short, you must come often and ask as much as you can, and I will answer. You must learn much to prepare.”

I told the Lord that my main purpose for coming to Him this morning was to learn about the Sacrament. I wanted to understand its full meaning and intent and be a witness of the Last Supper where He first gave this Sacrament. I was told much and shown much. I was concerned I would not be able to remember everything, but the Lord said He would bring it to my remembrance as I wrote.

I saw Him with His apostles in the upper room of the house of Joseph of Arimathea. The room was well lit from lamps. Jesus sat at the head of the tables and looked out at his apostles. They sat or lay on low couches. They had finished their main meal and He had already performed the Washing of Feet. He talked about the New Covenant[1] that would be required for them to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, that they must partake of his flesh and blood in order to be one with Him.[2] The apostles did not understand. He said that He could not remain with them, but that He would send another Comforter,[3] which would show them all things. He took some flat bread and tore it into pieces on a plate and passed it to His apostles telling them to eat it, that it was His body and they should eat as a remembrance of Him.[4] I heard Him speaking Aramaic, which sounded like how I sound when I speak in tongues sometimes. The apostles listened to Him intently. He then took a small pitcher looking container which had wine in it. It was a tan color, and almost looked like a small gravy pouring pitcher without a handle. Its top folded out and had a small kink to pour better. He blessed the wine and then each Apostle took a few swallows as the wine was passed around the table. Jesus did not eat the bread or wine as He blessed it.

He looked much different than He appears at His throne. His hair and beard are thick and long. I saw that his hair was braided and folded in a way that was customary for the Nazarites. His hair was reddish brown. His beard was narrow. He had a softness to His face, a kindness. He wore an off-white tunic. He did not have a tallit over His head, but said He wore one when he preached in the synagogue. John the Beloved was on His right and Peter was on His left. The two tables with a narrow walking space between them stretched out in front of Him. The Table was three connecting tables like a “U” shape.

I asked the Lord to help me understand the significance and meaning of His Sacrament or “sacred meal.” He said that it was His New Covenant.[5] That the old covenant given to Moses was no more and that now, in order to be made clean, one must partake of His flesh and blood,[6] by accepting His sacrifice and becoming one with Him as He is one with the Father.[7] This is what it means to take His name upon us. If we do this we can be washed clean with His blood,[8] meaning, receive the baptism of fire and the Gift of the Holy Ghost. We Then become His sons and He is our Father, and we are prepared to receive all righteousness. The son does the works of the Father and as the Father, so does the son.[9] I asked the Lord to explain more.

The old covenant, which was given to the House of Israel, was to teach them that to be made clean and remit their sins, they needed to sacrifice animals and sprinkle the blood upon the altar. The blood would make them clean.[10] These outward ordinances pointed them to the future coming of a Messiah, which would save Israel and bring them into His presence. Only the Priest,[11] once a year, was allowed to enter the Holy of Holies of the temple and come into the presence of God.

The New Covenant was given on the eve of the Lord fulfilling His covenant with Israel, to fulfill the Passover and to offer His body and blood as a sacrifice for us. We are required to offer now, instead of a blood sacrifice on the altar of the earthly temple, a broken heart and a contrite spirit, which means to give ourselves as a sacrifice to God, our full heart and spirit, both body and soul, to Jesus Christ and in return we are made clean through His blood. His blood is what gives life to our spirits. This Eternal Life, is to be made holy in the blood of the Lamb[12] and to stand at the right hand of God, as His son forever. We are to become living sons of the Father[13] and walk in His steps and some day offer ourselves as a sacrifice for sin, as did He.

I thought about Abraham and His covenant, how He parted the animals, cut them in half and made a covenant with God, which He honored. The Lord said the cutting[14] was a sacred and ancient part of covenant making. It meant that we would give our lives and blood to honor this covenant, and die rather than break it. This was the significance of cutting the animals. The temple cuttings were not meant to be penalties, but rather an “offering”[15] of ourselves to God, our blood, our bodies, for Him and others. We would be willing to die, rather than break this covenant. Only as exalted beings of light is this sacrifice required.[16] Brigham changed the wording of this in the temple endowment, because he did not fully recall the ordinance as Joseph gave it, nor its meaning.

The Lord said that if we partake of the Sacrament as a group united in calling, like apostles, it is good to take the wine from the same cup. If we are doing it for our personal selves, we can take it separately. The wine is best, because it is the perfect symbol of the bitter cup that Jesus partook of, but water or juice is fine.[17] We are to partake of the Sacrament every time we wish to approach the Lord. It is good to break the bread, then bless it, then the wine. The broken body and the blood spilt for our sakes is the remembrance the Lord wishes to teach us. Taking the Sacrament helps to make us holy before the Lord as we prepare to approach Him.[18] It is a reminder of our received covenant, or promise of a future covenant we will make after we receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost.

[1] Jeremiah 31:31-34, 1 Corinthians 11:24-26

[2] John 6:52-58

[3] John 14:18-20

[4] JST Matthew 26:22, 3 Nephi 18:7-10

[5] Matthew 26:28

[6] Hebrews 10:5-22

[7] John 17:11

[8] 1 Nephi 12:10, Alma 5:21

[9] Matthew 11:27

[10] Lev 16:15-16

[11] Hebrews 9:6-12

[12] Moses 6:60

[13] Mosiah 5:7

[14] Genesis 15:9-18

[15] Hebrews 10:8-18

[16] Consider the Endowment in the temple.

[17] D&C 27:2

[18] 3 Nephi 26:13 Jesus did the Sacrament often with them.

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9 Responses to Vision of the Sacrament

  1. Vince says:

    Great post. Thank you. I haven’t performed the sacrament by myself in some time and will do so this weekend.

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  2. Mike says:

    I can feel myself being brought to this sacred ordinance as I seek the face of the Lord. The thought of doing this in a private, personal, setting resonates with my soul.

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  3. mac says:

    I have just found your blog and it is opening more questions for me. I am just waking up over the last two years and am learning so much. I just read this post and have a question I’m hoping you can help me with in relation to women and maybe only God can answer this for me. My husband is stuggling in serving his family the sacrament outside of our church. I feel a huge need to get closer to the lord and to serve my children. Is it ever ok for a woman to serve herself the sacrament and is it ok to serve her children? I’m feeling lost and frustrated sometimes as I learn and wake up when all around me seem to want to stay in bed so to speak. I can’t seem to find where to look in the scriptures so I’m hoping for a clue as to where to search. Any information would be great. I’m open and searching. Thank you.

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  4. The best answer is to ask the Lord. My wife asked if she could take the Sacrament privately and she received permission of the Lord. The Church will say only the Bishop can give that permission.

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  5. Grandma G says:

    I’m assuming a woman needs a man to say the sacrament prayers or is a woman able to say the sacrament prays herself?

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  6. I would ask the Lord for permission. The prayer is simply the sacred words made holy through Him.

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  7. Pierrick says:

    Hi pure
    Your post reminds me of elder Maxwell s comment
    So it is that real, personal sacrifice never was placing an animal on the altar. Instead, it is a willingness to put the animal in us upon the altar and letting it be consumed! Such is the “sacrifice unto the Lord … of a broken heart and a contrite spirit,” (D&C 59:8), a prerequisite to taking up the cross, while giving “away all [our] sins” in order to “know God” (Alma 22:18) for the denial of self precedes the full acceptance of Him. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
    As Paul said in Hebrews an animal (or his blood) never can forgive or atone for sins.
    The shedding of blood reminded them of the blood of Christ, Christ beeing the lamb.

    But it also represents ourselves. This is something that is not beeing taught nor understood because it hurts. But the covenants of the temple are clear and elder max well teaches just that.

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  8. Nate says:

    I believe the Sacrament is meant to bring about a broken heart (bread) and contrite spirit (water/wine). What exactly is the symbology and how does it relate to a “broken heart and contrite spirit”?

    Are we to think of the crucifixion when taking the bread? And the Atonement in Gethsemane when taking the wine? [Bread: we fully submit our hearts to Him, full repentance. Wine: we fully surrender our will to Him, we receive the Holy Ghost and abide in charity. There will be more details written about this when we get to Moroni in the BofM Thoughts. PR]

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  9. Amonhi Christianson says:

    Clambering for His lifeless body. Desperate to drink His blood. To take upon ourselves His flesh. Hoping to cleanse and save ourselves by so doing. To commemorate the most horrific event in all of history.

    Hopefully… This act will some day bring about true and lasting change within us. Perhaps it is in great wisdom to encourage people to do so as often as possible.

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