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"I think if people will think about the reasons they're coming to church - sometimes we come to church for reasons other than to partake of the sacrament and receive a spiritual renewal," Sister Ruth Renlund told BYU-Idaho Radio. "If we focus on that, I think we will individually find ways to make our sacrament experience more meaningful."

September 26, 2017
Writer: Sydney Jensen

Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his wife Sister Ruth Renlund invited students at BYU-Idaho to come unto Christ during a devotional on Tuesday, September 26.

Both say coming unto Christ involve the steps found in the gospel of Jesus Christ: faith, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost and enduring to the end. But, their devotional talk emphasizes one key aspect to coming unto Christ that many overlook the importance of.

"I think that the way we should prepare for the sacrament is the same way that we would expect a new convert to prepare for baptism," Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints told BYU-Idaho Radio. "To sort through one's life experiences through the prior week, think about what needs to change and really be there with a broken heart and a contrite spirit seeking the blessings that come from baptism."

Sister Renlund added the reasons people come to church can prevent people from fully coming unto Christ, but by focusing on the purpose of church meetings and partaking of the sacrament, people can find added meaning in their church meetings. 

"I think if people will think about the reasons they're coming to church - sometimes we come to church for reasons other than to partake of the sacrament and receive a spiritual renewal - if we focus on that, I think we will individually find ways to make our sacrament experience more meaningful," Sister Ruth Renlund told BYU-Idaho Radio. 

Preparing for the sacrament, Sister Renlund said in the devotional, should center on increasing our faith and reliance on the Savior, Jesus Christ.

"Come early to Church," Sister Renlund said during the devotional. "As the sacrament hymn begins, make sure your thoughts are focused on the Savior, His Atonement, His love, and His compassion. Pray that you will be renewed as you partake of the sacrament and remember Him."

You can listen to the full interview and devotional below.