Good morning, Brothers and Sisters.
My name is Liam Peterson and my mom is Gina. We moved into the ward in January and have really liked being in the ward with so many nice people, and we really like being close to the canyon. A little about us: We like to go on hikes, we play with friends, and also we read together each night before going to sleep. We have been reading scriptures, but afterward we enjoy reading books about boys my age and their pet dogs. We just finished reading Old Yeller and laughed so much during the adventures in that story.
We were asked to speak about the sacrament and renewing our baptismal covenants today. I like thinking about my baptism and how close I felt to the Spirit that day. My dad baptized me and gave me the gift of the Holy Ghost. I have been taking the sacrament my whole life, but after my baptism it definitely meant more to me each Sunday.
After Jesus was resurrected, He appeared to the Nephites in America and taught them about the Gospel. While He was there, He taught the people how to prepare and partake of the sacrament.
Jesus broke the bread, blessed it, and commanded that the disciples who were with Him partake of it. He said, “And this shall ye always observe to do, even as I have done, even as I have broken bread and blessed it and given it unto you.
In 3 Nephi 18:6-7 is says, “And this shall ye do in remembrance of my body, which I have shown unto you. And it shall be a testimony unto the Father that ye do always remember me. And if ye do always remember me ye shall have my Spirit to be with you.”
The Savior also blessed the wine and commanded the disciples to drink it. When they drank it, Jesus said, “And this shall ye always do to those who repent and are baptized in my name; and ye shall do it in remembrance of my blood, which I have shed for you, that ye may witness unto the Father that ye do always remember me. And if ye do always remember me ye shall have my Spirit to be with you.”
Jesus Christ taught the disciples that when they partook of the sacrament, they were renewing their baptismal covenants to always remember the Savior, to take His name upon them, and to keep His commandments.
Fast forward to today. Here at church this morning we partook the sacrament ordinance that Jesus taught about back then. It is important for us to remember that each Sunday we have the privilege to renew our promises and to think about Jesus Christ while the sacrament is being blessed and passed. Because we are given this special opportunity, we should show Heavenly Father our gratitude by being reverent.
I am thankful that we can come to the chapel every Sunday and take the sacrament bread and water. I have a testimony that it represents Jesus Christ’s body and blood. I pray with my mom every morning and every night that I can remember Him and make good choices at school or wherever I am. I challenge each of you to pray for this too. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.