That They Do Always Remember Him – Moroni 5:2

2 O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee, in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this wine to the souls of all those who drink of it, that they may do it in remembrance of the blood of thy Son, which was shed for them; that they may witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they do always remember him, that they may have his Spirit to be with them. Amen.
(Moroni 5:2)

Today, I’ve spent some time thinking about the differences between the two sacrament prayers. Both of these prayers appear twice in the scriptures — once in the book of Moroni, and once in section 20 of the Doctrine and Covenants. In the table below, I have lined up the two prayers side by side and italicized the differences between them:

The Blessing on the Bread The Blessing on the Wine (Water)
Moroni 4:3; D&C 20:77 Moroni 5:2; D&C 20:79
O God, the Eternal Father, O God, the Eternal Father,
we ask thee in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, we ask thee, in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ,
to bless and sanctify this bread to bless and sanctify this wine
to the souls of all those who partake of it; to the souls of all those who drink of it,
that they may eat in remembrance of the body of thy Son, that they may do it in remembrance of the blood of thy Son,
which was shed for them;
and witness unto thee, that they may witness unto thee,
O God, the Eternal Father, O God, the Eternal Father,
that they are willing to that they do
take upon them the name of thy Son,
and always remember him, always remember him,
and keep his commandments which he hath given them,
that they may always have his Spirit to be with them. that they may have his Spirit to be with them.
Amen. Amen.

After pondering the differences between the prayers today, I have a better appreciation for the blessing on the water. Although the prayers are almost identical, some of the differences make the second prayer seem more personal than the first. For example:

  • The first prayer enumerates three things that we witness, or attest, to God as we eat the bread. The second prayer simply states that we “do always remember him,” which seems to encompass all three of the promises from the first prayer without having to spell them out again. The implication to me is that, by truly remembering Him, we will also continue to carry His name and to keep His commandments.
  • The second prayer inserts the phrase, “which was shed for them.” Somehow, that reminder that He shed His blood specifically for me makes the prayer more personal and more meaningful.

I’m grateful for both of the sacrament prayers. Today I’m particularly grateful for the blessing on the water, which reminds me how personal the Atonement of Jesus Christ is. We have made specific promises to God, but ultimately we choose to act in accordance with His will because we love Him. The blessings we receive through Savior’s Atonement are far-reaching and long-lasting, but they are also immediate and individual.

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