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Note the instruction in the Improvement Era 26 (10) pp.938 (August 1923): Method of Administering the Sacrament 3. The water is prepared for use by the janitor of the house immediately before meeting time, so that it will be as cold as possible when used.

Greg Prince shared the interesting story regarding our role as members and policy. We are obligated to take risks, make suggestions, and do what we know is write: “If you really magnify your callings, you will take risks. Be bold, for trickle-up revelation has been the primary force that shaped the day-to-day church in which […]

If we remember that administer means “to manage or be responsible for” then a following analogy makes clear women should be able to participate in the sacrament by preparing and passing it: Just as a CEO is an administrator and manages and is responsible for the company with men and women working together to run […]

In 1950, the edict went out that it was “preferred that [preparing the sacrament] not be delegated either to LDS girls or their mothers.” Clearly, up until 1950 women had been preparing the sacrament again showing no priesthood is requiring and it is only a custom and policy that women not participate.I find this interesting […]

The Aaronic or Lesser Priesthood “is an appendage to the greater, or the Melchizedek Priesthood, and has power in administering outward ordinances.” (DC 107:14). Recall the definition of administer is “to manage or be responsible for”. Of the offices in the Aaronic priesthood (ignoring bishop), we know “the priest’s duty is to preach, teach, expound, […]

Page 129-130: “Even passing sacrament trays among the congregation requiresno priesthood authority. With or without priesthood, men, women, and children one by one pass the sacrament tray or cupsto the next person down the row. Recognizing this reality, PresidentHeber J. Grant wrote to a mission president in 1928 that there was “no rule in the […]