Behold the Lamb of God by Jeffrey R. Holland
I really enjoyed this talk given by Elder Holland. I feel as though sometimes we get so caught up in what topics will be discussed or if maybe a talk was written just for us that we don’t realize how much we really need a talk focused only on the Savior, until that talk is given. I felt so much reverence and respect for my Savior while listening to this talk. I felt the love of the Spirit and peace in my heart as I heard Elder Holland share sacred names of our Redeemer.
I felt much more open to the challenges Elder Holland gave us because I was filled with the Spirit, having just learned of the Savior first, than if I had heard “do this!” or “do that!” right away. Putting the Sacrament and our Sunday worship meetings into perspective, I now feel ready to write down some personal, weekly goals, and work towards them.
Growing up my mom never let us have candy, coloring books, markers, or toys until after the sacrament. I never liked that she did that but as I’ve grown up, and now that I’m an adult, I can see why she asked us to wait on what would be distracting to us until after the most sacred moment of our entire week. My mother would tell us that we could read the scriptures, read the words of the hymns or say a prayer and try really hard to focus on the Savior before the Sacrament and during, but we weren’t allowed anything else until after, and even then we weren’t allowed to have much to do during the talks. I’m grateful to my mother. She is an amazing example of putting Christ as the focus of our Sunday worship and to remind us to be respectful and reverent each Sunday during Sacrament meeting.
I may not have understood then, but I do now, and I stand behind Elder Holland as well. I know I can be better each Sunday when it comes to wearing my best Sunday dress, arriving early and focusing on my Savior as the Sacrament bread and water is passed to me. I’m grateful for the leaders of our Church who speak on our Savior each General Conference and remind us that he is the one who atoned for our sins and that it “demands our respect” each week. I feel motivated to try my best to arrive early each week, wake up early to get ready in my Sunday best, and to focus only on Him as the Sacrament is passed.
Faith in Action
I encourage you to focus on putting away all distractions until after the Sacrament is over each Sunday. I understand why my mother encouraged us to focus on the Savior and I feel that we could all try a little better to do the same. I encourage you to open your scriptures to a story of our Savior and his life. I encourage you to read the words to the Sacrament hymns. I encourage you to say a prayer to our Father in Heaven, thanking him for our Savior and his atoning sacrifice and anything else you are grateful for. Making an effort to focus on our Savior will change your perspective of Sacrament meeting.
I encourage you to extend a ride to a sister (and her family) to church if they don’t have one. I encourage you to sit next to your sister if she hasn’t been to church recently but decided to come this Sunday. I encourage you to smile, hug, and extend a warm welcome to any member whom you notice has been absent from the chapel.