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Sacrament Service in Slippers

By Teresa Bruce

When 2022 began, I never imagined that before 2023 arrived, I’d find myself in a sacrament service where most attendees wore slippers. Now, I’ve done so twice as the old year yields to the new. Please indulge me as I share written snapshots from the experience. We nearly missed the first service while watching another …

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How do YOU do home church during COVID?

By Linda Hoffman Kimball

photo from ComeUntoChrist.org

In a recent Christian Science Monitor article called “Virtual Sunday School: Where faith endures during Lockdown”, Rachel Lambourne of Fremont, CA, responds to a question about how having church at home works for her and her young family during this age of COVID.

Rachel says, “I think the peace that we generally feel when we are together, when we are praying together – that peace is the only thing that can really transcend all of the worry and confusion.”

Sister Lambourne is a bright, creative, talented Latter-day Saint with four children and a fine husband. (Full disclosure: she is also my niece.) Her family adapts to church at home by inviting the children to pick songs and give talks.

People from other faith traditions in the CSM article mention the added challenge of now being responsible for the religious education of their children.

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Corona Sacrament

By Linda Hoffman Kimball

Yesterday my husband and I – like many of you – were under “house arrest” as far as Church goes. The notice from the Church came in time to tell us that because of efforts to quell the spread of the deadly corona virus/COVID 19, we should have “Home Church” until further notice. Apparently we’ll also have “Home General Conference,” too, where the Quorum of the 12 will be preaching to the choir (although the Tabbie Cats will have recorded their hymns beforehand.)

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Sundays Away

By Teresa Bruce

When I Was a Child Growing up, I went to church weekly except during bouts of strep throat or flu. Even during rare family vacation travels, we packed Sunday clothes and shoes no matter our destination. High School Diplomacy The day before my first high school model U. N. conference, vague uneasiness coalesced into realization: …

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Choosy Moms Choose Their Pews

By Karen Austin

Even though I attend sacrament meeting with great regularity, I don’t have a specific pew that fellow ward members acknowledge as “mine.” Well, I might claim a pew for two or three years, but I have lived in 9 states and probably 30 plus wards, so it’s fiction to think that ward members will bypass …

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Born of Water, Blood, and Spirit

By Teresa Bruce

My son-in-law’s feet rooted him to my daughter’s side, but I paced Os and 8s around the delivery room waiting for my first grandchild to be born. Hours in, I realized my daughter’s labor was costing her — wounding her — far more than my three children had required of me. I finally grasped the …

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Is This Enough?

By Linda Hoffman Kimball

 

Is This Enough?

Ruminations on Romans 7:19-25

When the deacon stands in front of me
with the sacrament tray
I pick the first piece I touch.

As I lift it to my mouth,
I see that it is
hardly more than
a crumb.

Is this enough?

I am tiny, too,
nearly nameless
with a thimble full of sins.

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Three Days

By Susan Jeffers

On the Sixth Day, there was Love.          Bone of my bones          Flesh of my flesh          The Mother of All, Living.                        Bubbling streams                        Green leaves           …

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The Precious Ordinary

By Linda Hoffman Kimball

Sacrament emblems of bread and water
Sacrament emblems of bread and water

At church we use the phrase “taking the sacrament” for the weekly taking of blessed bread and water, symbols of Christ’s body and blood offered in His atoning sacrifice. “Do this in remembrance of me,” Christ told his disciples at the Last Supper. Other churches have similar practices that are called Communion, The Lord’s Supper, Eucharist and other titles, often preceded by the word “Holy.”

In Relief Society recently we had a lesson about the Sacrament. At one point the instructor asked us to recall and share particularly memorable occasions when we’ve taken the Sacrament.

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This Cup

By Michelle Linford

“And they taste the bitter, that they may know to prize the good” (Moses 6:55). I feel a sense of anticipation as the deacon approaches our pew. My son passes the tray to me, and I slowly bring a piece of bread to my lips. The Savior knows what it’s like to have a broken …

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