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I remember Jesus when I partake of the sacrament

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Shortly before his crucifixion, Jesus gathered his Apostles around him in an upstairs room. He knew he would soon die on the cross. It was the last time he would meet with these beloved men before his died. Jesus wanted the Apostles to always remember him so they could be strong and faithful.

To help the Apostles remember him, Jesus introduced the sacrament. He broke bread into pieces and blessed it. Then he said, “Take, eat; this is in remembrance of my body which I give a ransom for you” (Joseph Smith Translation, Matthew 26:22).

Next Jesus took a cup of wine, blessed it, and gave it to his Apostles to drink. He said: “Drink ye all of it. For this is in remembrance of my blood … , which is shed for as many as shall believe on my name, for the remission of their sins” (Joseph Smith Translation, Matthew 26:23–24; see also Matthew 26:26–28; Mark 14:22–24; Luke 22:15–20).

After the Church was restored in the latter days, Jesus once again commanded his people to partake of the sacrament so they could remember him, saying, “It is expedient that the church meet together often to partake of bread and wine in the remembrance of the Lord Jesus” (D&C 20:75).

(Above from Chapter 23: The Sacrament, Gospel Principles, page 151)

Here are the words to a Primary song about remembering Jesus when we take the sacrament:

“To Think about Jesus” is from the Children’s Songbook, page 71.

It shouldn’t be hard to sit very still,
And think about Jesus, his cross on the hill,
And all that he suffered and did for me;
It shouldn’t be hard to sit quietly.
It shouldn’t be hard, even though I am small,
To think about Jesus, not hard at all.

I think of the miles he walked in the dust,
And children he helped to love and to trust;
It shouldn’t be hard to sit tall in my seat,
To listen politely, to quiet my feet.
It shouldn’t be hard, even though I am small,
To think about Jesus, not hard at all.

[Child bears testimony.]

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Post date: December 4, 2009
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