- Following Christ’s mortal ministry, “this Purest of all Passover sheep” introduced the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper.
- The sacrament should be the sacred focal point of the Sunday worship experience.
- By commandment, Latter-day Saints are to gather for the “most universally received ordinance in the Church.
By offering a sacrifice to God of a pure, unblemished lamb, the first male of the flock, Adam and his posterity “were expressing their understanding and their dependence upon the atoning sacrifice of Jesus the Anointed One.”
Following Christ’s mortal ministry, “this Purest of all Passover sheep” introduced the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper — “a more personal form of the ordinance that had been introduced just outside of Eden. There would still be an offering, it would still involve a sacrifice, but it would be with symbolism much deeper, much more introspective and personal than the bloodletting of a firstborn lamb.”
“Ye shall offer for a sacrifice unto me a broken heart and a contrite spirit. And whoso cometh unto me with a broken heart and a contrite spirit, him will I baptize with fire and with the Holy Ghost” (3 Nephi 9:19-20).
With the current emphasis on increased gospel learning in the home, “it is crucial for us to remember that we are still commanded to ‘go to the house of prayer and offer up thy sacraments upon my holy day’ ” (Doctrine and Covenants 59:9).
The sacrament should be the sacred focal point of Latter-day Saints’ Sunday worship experience. “We are to remember in as personal a way as possible that Christ died from a heart broken by shouldering entirely alone the sins and sorrows of the whole human family. Inasmuch as we contributed to that fatal burden, such a moment demands our respect. Thus, we are encouraged to come to our services early and reverently, dressed appropriately for participation in a sacred ordinance — the sacred ordinance.”
In the news:
- In January 2019, Elder Holland presided at the Urdaneta Philippines Temple groundbreaking.
- Elder Holland spoke about the need for a “Mormon Studies” name change at the Maxwell Institute at Brigham Young University. He also talked about the adjustments and changes Church headquarters had been going through.
- Elder Holland visited Oxford, England, in November 2018. While there, he spoke frankly about pain from his own life about some who opposed his mission, a depressing moment as a young father worried about finances, a relative who is unable to conceive and the tears he has shed over seemingly unanswered prayers.
- During an Anglican Christmas service, Elder Holland shared the story of his father’s death around Christmastime in 1976. That same story inspired Deseret News reporter Tad Walch, whose father died around Christmastime 24 years later. Walch’s parents received a visit from Elder Holland shortly beforehand that has made a lasting impact on their family.
- For his October 2018 general conference address, Elder Holland talked about the reconciliation of oneself with God and with each other.
About the speaker:
- During Elder Holland’s presidency at BYU, the historic BYU Jerusalem Center was founded.
- Elder Holland and Elder Quentin L. Cook were mission companions in England.
- A native of Southern Utah, Elder Holland helped rededicate the St. George Tabernacle on Aug. 2, 2018.
Recently on social:
- Elder Holland dedicated the ground for the Urdaneta Philippines Temple. Here are his thoughts from the experience in an Instagram post.
- In a November 2018 post, Elder Holland shared his thoughts about the “Come, Follow Me” curriculum and how individuals need to give themselves spiritual nourishment just as much as physical nourishment.
- Elder Holland encouraged others on Twitter to be firm and steadfast in their faith.