“The Surprising and Meaningful History Behind the Word ‘Sacrament'”

“The Surprising and Meaningful History Behind the Word ‘Sacrament'” August 22, 2019


Tissot Last Supper Judas
“La Céne. Judas met la main dans le plat”
(“The Last Supper: Judas Dipping his Hand in the Dish”)
James Tissot, d. 1902    (Wikimedia Commons public domain image)


My bi-weekly “Defending the Faith” column appeared in the print edition of the Deseret News today and is accessible online via LDS Living:


“The Surprising and Meaningful History Behind the Word ‘Sacrament'”


And you might find this testimony, from Dr. Samuel Brown, relevant and helpful:


“From Atheism to Disfellowship and Back to God: How a Sacrament Prayer Changed Everything for Me”


When we partake of the sacrament this coming weekend, I hope that we — I — will not do so in a rote manner, thoughtlessly, with wandering minds.




A video of Elder Gary E. Stevenson’s excellent recent devotional at BYU is now available:


BYU Education Week Devotional

Over many years, I have deeply studied the events surrounding the coming forth of the Book of Mormon. Today I will be speaking at Education Week at Brigham Young University, where I will share my testimony of the Restoration of the gospel. I invite you to join us here on Facebook Live.

Posted by Gary E. Stevenson on Tuesday, August 20, 2019




“Church Leaders Meet with US Vice President Mike Pence: Vice president discusses faith and religious liberty with President Ballard, Elder Rasband and Elder Gerard”




“Most people in trouble end up crying, ‘What was I thinking?’ Well, whatever they were thinking, they weren’t thinking of Christ. Yet, as members of His Church, we pledge every Sunday of our lives to take upon ourselves His name and promise to ‘always remember him.’ So let us work a little harder at remembering Him.”  (Elder Jeffrey R. Holland)




“Because it is broken and torn, each piece of bread is unique, just as the individuals who partake of it are unique. We all have different sins to repent of. We all have different needs to be strengthened through the Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ, whom we remember in this ordinance. Strive to think of His sacrifice as specific and unique to you.”  (President Dallin H. Oaks)




“When you look on the dictionary for the most important word, do you know what it is? It could be ‘remember.’ Because all of you have made covenants – to know what to do and you know how to do it – our greatest need is to remember. That is why everyone goes to sacrament meeting every Sabbath day.”  (President Spencer W. Kimball)




On 9 November 2017, I published the column to which I link below.  It is something of a brief profile of Professor Louis C. Midgley, whose important work on the concept of “remembrance” as manifested in the scriptures and in the Gospel of Jesus Christ itself is irreplaceable.  I offer a brief and perhaps incomplete bibliography of his relevant publications:


“The acts of remembering and forgetting”



"I was referring to "Professor XXL".Looks like he rescinded his precious like, though, so I ..."

At Mountain Meadows
"Kyler,Actually, Velho graduated from medical school and is a MD."

At Mountain Meadows

At Mountain Meadows
"Really edgy, insightful, hard-hitting stuff (eye roll)."

President Nelson, Bishop Caussé, Sister Eubank, ..."

Browse Our Archives

Follow Us!

What Are Your Thoughts?leave a comment