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The Sacrament

4.70  ·  Rating details ·  46 ratings  ·  20 reviews
It's understandable that some children appear bored or distracted during sacrament meeting. Many young Latter-day Saints are probably unsure about the true meaning of the sacrament and why we attend. With this in mind, bestselling author John Bytheway has composed a delightful poem (inspired by a short poem by Walter H. Horne) to help Latter-day Saints young and old apprec ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 2014 by Deseret Book
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Apr 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a poem about a young boy who goes to visit his grandpa. They have lots of fun and when Sunday comes, it's time to go to church. He's not very enthused about this and while he's sitting in Sacrament Meeting, obviously bored, his grandpa, whispering, tells him a story of when he was young and how he came to appreciate the sacrament. This leads the boy to reflect on the covenants he made when he was baptized and how he can improve his behavior during the sacrament.

This is a great book for y
Apr 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent teaching tool for children on the sacred meaning of the sacrament. It's easy to get distracted during sacrament meeting, children and adults alike, as this book pointed out. Such wondering of thoughts makes one forget the reason for the ordinance.  This book through verse did the trick for getting across the understanding of who the focus should be on.  It reminds the reader that the reason for reverence is Jesus.

I take my three children to church with me each Sunday and at
Apr 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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This is an illustrated book definitely written for younger children to teach the importance of the Sacrament. I liked the pictures and the message.

Barb Wittwer
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Short but powerful

A very sweet way to teach our learn about the power of the sacrament. Lovely book, worthwhile reviewing frequently. Beautiful symbolism
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!
A great book for teaching children about the Sacrament.
Apr 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sacrament meeting is such a tricky time when you have young children and as a mother I am always grateful for books that help make it easier. The Sacrament by John Bytheway explains the importance of remembering the Savior and the covenants we make at baptism in words and illustrations children will understand. The story of a young boy staying at his grandpa's house who feels bored in the chapel while the bread and water comes around. Grandpa describes that he once felt the same way, but as he l ...more
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
I loved how this book teaches a concept that is hard to implement with children. A young boy is visiting his Grandfather. He is having a wonderful vacation full of activities that includes picnics, fishing, and star gazing. He was surprised to discover that he had to go to Church on vacation.

At church he is easily distracted and would rather be sleeping. His grandfather picking up on the the clues shares with him a story from when he was young. The grandfather's story is one that is applicable t
Apr 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
A beautiful book that nicely illustrates the importance of taking the sacrament. This ordinance is an important part of worship in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons). The story reminds the reader that while it is easy to get distracted in church, it's important to pay attention to the reasons for being there. The story revolves around a young boy who goes to church with his grandpa while on vacation and who struggles to stay awake and focused. Then his grandpa gently teach ...more
Mar 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An AMAZING book about the ordinance of the Sacrament!

Beautifully illustrated!
Wonderfully told in poetry form!

A young boy goes to visit his grandparents.

While attending church with them he finds his mind and attention wandering especially during the Sacrament.

His grandfather lovingly shares with him about the time he was a young boy and how he

"...couldn't help but wonder what the Lord Himself would say,

Should He walk into the chapel while His Saints behaved this way."

Through this the boy learns t
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent children's book! John Bytheway's story is such a great reminder about why members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints take the sacrament on a weekly basis. I love the lesson the grandfather taught about focusing on what is important, and not getting distracted by everything else around us during this sacred time each week. I also really liked the section at the end that tells about the symbols of the sacrament. It is so important to understand why we do things ...more
Jul 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
A useful and well-written book for teaching about the importance and symbolism of the sacrament. This is one of those children's books that aims to teach adults and children alike. I was concerned that some of the examples of distractions from reverence during the sacrament were too adult to register well with my young children (e.g., a woman envying the hairdo of her neighbor, a girl interested in one of the teachers preparing the sacrament, and a man focused on his checkbook), but the overall ...more
Apr 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful poem with wonderful illustrations about a little boy who is on vacation and has to go to his grandfather's church service. He's bored and easily distracted until his grandfather gives him some good advice we can all ponder during the sacrament. It was an easy verse, but had lots of things to ponder and talk about. In the back there was an explanation of what each symbol of the sacrament meant (bread, water, white tablecloth, etc.) that could be used for a Family Home Evening ...more
Cami Checketts
Apr 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book came at a perfect time for our family. We have been working hard to be more reverent during the Sacrament, but really focusing our thoughts on the Savior sometimes doesn't happen as my husband and 15yo help administer and pass the sacrament and the 11yo tries to help me keep the little men quiet. This book really made a difference for all of us through the sweet story with the author's grandpa and the beautiful pictures. I think it would make a fabulous gift for anyone and especially f ...more
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All members of the LDS church!!
Recommended to Karen by: Found it at Seagull Book
I bought this for my son who was just baptized in January. GREAT BOOK! It holds the attention of him and my 4 year old. Hopefully the message will sink in.

THANKS, John Bytheway - for giving us 2 heroes: Grandpa, who teaches such a great lesson, and Christ who is the ultimate hero!!

The illustrations are also great.
Sep 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Bytheway's first children's book. Wish there was a 6 star option. Lovely artwork, profound message, wonderfully done, on my way now to buy at the store and quickly return the library copy so someone else can enjoy it. LOVE it! ...more
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Very clever look at reverence and the sacredness of the sacrament. This will be a great book for families to read together and discuss this concepts therein.
Crystal (Books Are Sanity!!!)
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Apr 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Lovely book about the importance of the sacrament and our behavior during the sacred ordinance.
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John Bytheway (born October 1962) is an American author and academic, who is well known as a comic motivational speaker for youth within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Born in Salt Lake City, Bytheway attended the University of Utah and Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah, receiving a Master's Degree in Religious Education. He also served as a missionary for the LDS Chu ...more

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