Partake of the Bread – Moroni 4:1-3

1 The manner of their elders and priests administering the [emblems of His] flesh and blood of Christ unto the church; and they administered it according to the commandments of Christ; wherefore we know the manner to be true [this is how they did it] ; and the elder or priest did minister it— [Whomever is the officiating elder of priest would be the one to bless the Sacrament for the congregation.]

2 And they did kneel down with the church [Everyone, no matter how large the congregation, would kneel. This was the tradition since Jesus first came and taught them the Sacrament in Bountiful four hundred years previously.], and pray to the Father in the name of Christ, saying:

3 O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless [set apart according to our needs] and sanctify [make holy] this bread to the souls [our spirit and body] of all those who partake of it; that they may eat in remembrance of the body of thy Son [remember the physical sacrifice of Jesus], and witness unto thee [demonstrate by partaking of this sacred emblem and prayer], O God, the Eternal Father, that they are willing to take upon them the name of thy Son [to be spiritually begotten of Jesus Christ (receive the gift of the Holy Ghost)], and always remember him [always repenting and coming unto Him], and keep his commandments which he hath given them [follow every revelation given from the Lord], that they may always have his Spirit to be with them. [that charity may abide in them and they may exercise a fullness of the gifts of the Spirit] Amen.

The Lord said that it is proper amongst a congregation for the presiding Elder to bless both the bread and wine, and then to have the leaders under him pass to the people. It represents their status as a servant to God and to all the people. When in small groups it can be decided upon by revelation how to proceed. Blessing the Sacrament is much like having authority to baptize with water. (personal journal)

The purpose of the breaking and blessing of the bread is to remember the physical sacrifice of Jesus Christ. It is to remind us to have a broken heart before the Lord. In other words, to fully submit to Him in full repentance, as Jesus submitted to His Father. When a person has sufficiently broken their heart before the Father and remember His Son, the Father bestows a promise that the comforter will come to them. This is the beginning of charity and the turnkey to be ready to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 

Many receive the gift of the Holy Ghost after baptism. Their journey takes some time and the Sacrament Prayer prepares them for this event. If they have already received the gift of the Holy Ghost, it prepares them to receive a fullness of the Holy Ghost, which is to stand in the presence of the Lord.

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6 Responses to Partake of the Bread – Moroni 4:1-3

  1. Peter Taylor says:

    The fact that I couldn’t tell you if I am 2nd, 3rd, or 4th estate, LIKELY means I am a 2nd estate (first timer perhaps?) who continues to earnestly strive to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. My only hope is that perhaps I am like one of those of the Book of Mormon who received it and knew not of it. And this is after frequenting your heaven-sent blog and reading your deeply inspired books for over a year now.

    My question for you PR and others who have awakened from 2nd estate slumber in this probation is… do you find yourself on occasion still getting frustrated on the inside when your wife or kids do things that put you off? Patience and charity are virtues and I continue to pray for. But stopping myself from entertaining these thoughts is difficult to kick completely. No doubt being filled with the pure love of the Savior will do much to erase this from probability. [Receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost makes you perfect in spirit, but you are still living in a telestial world and subject to the weakness of the flesh. We all continue to sin. My kids irritate me too sometimes! This is why repentance is a life long pursuit. As for what “estate” we are, nobody really knows that until the Lord Himself tells you, and honestly it isn’t something to worry about. All those who come unto Christ, no matter their estate, will eventually have the same opportunities during their path to progression. The blessings available to 2nd estate are beyond what many find conceivable. PR]

    I welcome any thoughts/suggestions. Thx!

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  2. Miriam says:

    Thank you for this clarification. I envision a beautiful scene with all the congregation kneeling in this sacred remembrance of the Savior’s sacrifice. Oh to be in such a group of people today that practice it the same way. Powerful indeed!

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  3. P B says:

    Dear brother. Please help me understand what you mean by “perfect in spirit”? Could someone “perfect in spirit” possibly get angry, cuss, and slam a door when he’s late to work and can’t find his keys?
    – hint – I did this yesterday…. [When the Lord says, “Be ye therefore perfect…” He is referring to being born again in His image. This is the gift of the Holy Ghost, and your spirit is quickened to a higher place. This doesn’t mean you cannot sin, for the body is incapable of living in this world without sin. But, as we continue to repent, turning to Him, and standing in holy places, we are continually washed clean from the blood and sins of our generation and receive the Lord’s blessings as we serve Him in this world. PR]

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  4. AE says:

    Many Christians partake of the bread and wine, but use their own words to bless it. Some of these even demonstrate more gifts of the spirit and sincere relationship with God. Does the Lord approve of these attempts of taking the sacrament, even though they do not have a specific prayer? [I have not asked the Lord about that. It is possible. PR]

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  5. Sarah M says:

    I keep getting hung up on a question that I have. So, the first fruits of repentance is baptism (of water?), after which a person continues repenting and keeping every commandment they are given until they receive the baptism of fire/gift of the Holy Ghost (do these last two usually come at the same time, or could one come much later after the other? Are there degrees that they can occur in before the fullness?)? Through receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, a person’s sins are remitted(?) and they continue to obey the commandments of the Lord and repent from sin? My big question is this: I know agency is a necessary part of the plan, so we can always choose to sin, but is it possible to get to the point where you no longer choose to sin, or turn away from the truth? Is this what it means to be redeemed? [A person can receive the Holy Ghost gift with the baptism of fire immediately after the baptism of water, or they can continue in faith until they are prepared to receive it at a later time. This is how most people receive it. To be redeemed is to be born again in the blood of Jesus Christ, which is what occurs when one receives the gift of the Holy Ghost. They are claimed by the Lord and cannot be taken away unless they deny the Holy Ghost. When they are redeemed their desire to sin is no more, but they can still sin and stumble and be subject to the buffettings of Satan during this life unless they repent. PR]

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  6. Sarah M says:

    Or would it be more correctly termed as sanctified? Alma 13:11-12 11 “Therefore they were called after this holy order, and were sanctified, and their garments were washed white through the blood of the Lamb. Now they, after being sanctified by the Holy Ghost, having their garments made white, being pure and spotless before God, could not look upon sin save it were with abhorrence; and there were many, exceedingly great many, who were made pure and entered into the rest of the Lord their God.” “Called after this holy order…” That would be something to do with calling and election, correct? I think I am catching on now… [Yes. PR]

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