They Did Meet Together Oft to Partake – Moroni 6:5-6

5 And the church did meet together oft, to fast and to pray, and to speak one with another concerning the welfare of their souls.
6 And they did meet together oft to partake of bread and wine, in remembrance of the Lord Jesus.
Today I’m thinking about the public nature of the sacrament. As with all ordinances of the gospel, participation in the sacrament represents a personal covenant between each participant and God individually. We each attest to our own continuing discipleship, and we each individually receive the promised blessing.
Why, then, do we participate in this ordinance as a group in a public place? Why not partake of the sacrament alone, in a private place? Because there is something about what we are promising that requires a willingness to be seen promising it. Inherent in the covenant of baptism is the promise to let other people know that we are followers of Jesus Christ. Alma said that we promise at baptism to “to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that [we] may be in, even until death” (Mosiah 18:9). It is not incongruent, then, for the Lord to expect us to renew that covenant in a public place where at least our fellow believers will see us partaking of the bread and water in a visible display of our ongoing commitment to that promise.
Today, I will remember the importance of being transparent about my loyalty to the Savior. I will remember that to be a disciple of Jesus Christ is to be willing to be counted as a disciple of Jesus Christ. I will look forward to the opportunity to publicly renew my covenant with him next Sunday.

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