Give class members a few minutes to review Doctrine and Covenants 27–28 and find a verse or a phrase they find meaningful. To give everyone an opportunity to share, you could divide class members into pairs to share what they found.
What did the Savior teach us about the purpose of the sacrament?
Class members could look for phrases in these verses that help them answer the question. They may be willing to share impressions they have received about how to have a more sacred experience when partaking of the sacrament.
Class members may find additional insights by reading what the Savior said when He instituted the sacrament (see Luke 22:19–20; 3 Nephi 18:1–11; see also the video “The Last Supper” on ChurchofJesusChrist.org).
If the Savior were present in our sacrament meeting, what might we do differently?
Why did the Savior institute the sacrament?
Why do we partake of the sacrament weekly?
As a class read True to the Faith
. True to the Faith teaches that the sacrament commemorates Christ’s sacrifice, which fulfilled the law of Moses. You may also want to read the sacrament prayers as a class and ask class members to identify the covenants we make as part of the ordinance. How could we help someone else understand what these commitments mean? How should our participation in the sacrament affect the choices we make throughout the week?
In ancient times when men went to battle with swords and spears, how did they protect their heads, hearts, stomachs, arms, legs, and feet? (With armor.)
The orange will represent a medieval warrior. Fill the pitcher or vase three-quarters full with water before the lesson begins.
Carefully place one orange in the water. What happens? (Hint: It floats!) The peel is like armor that protects the orange, just as the armor of God protects us. That same armor of God also holds us up and keeps us from sinking in the waters of life.
Next, pull the orange out of the water and remove the peel. Place it back in the water and watch with a sigh of sadness as your not-so-protected warrior now sinks like a rock.
We are all in a war against evil. The temptations and the powers of Satan are very real. Heavenly Father does not want us to fight the battle against evil unprotected.
As a class could read Doctrine and Covenants 27:15–18 and label the pieces of armor and the parts of the body they protect.
What does it mean to put on the armor of God?
Perhaps class members could talk about how the Lord protects us from evil when we put on the armor of God.
We are lifted up by God’s armor and protection. We can rise above the trials that come our way with His help. He will not let us sink unless we do not do our part and protect ourselves. Just as the Nephites were in a physical war, we are in a spiritual war against Satan, who doesn’t want us to keep God’s commandments.
To help class members learn about the role of the prophet, you could review the experience that led Joseph Smith to pray and receive section 28 (see the section heading), and then you could read verses 2–3, 6–7, 11–13. How does Satan try to convince us to follow those whom the Lord has not appointed? You might invite class members to share experiences that strengthened their testimonies that the prophet receives revelation for the Church.
President Joseph F. Smith and his counselors in the First Presidency taught:
“When visions, dreams, tongues, prophecy, impressions or any extraordinary gift or inspiration, convey something out of harmony with the accepted revelations of the Church or contrary to the decisions of its constituted authorities, Latter-day Saints may know that it is not of God, no matter how plausible it may appear. … In secular as well as spiritual affairs, Saints may receive Divine guidance and revelation affecting themselves, but this does not convey authority to direct others. …
“The history of the Church records many pretended revelations claimed by imposters or zealots who believed in the manifestations they sought to lead other persons to accept, and in every instance, disappointment, sorrow and disaster have resulted therefrom” (Joseph F. Smith, Anthon H. Lund, Charles W. Penrose, “A Warning Voice,” Improvement Era, Sept. 1913, 1148–49).
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