Study helps: D Todd Christofferson – The Living Bread Which Came Down from Heaven

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Here are some questions that Relief Society and quorum members could have in mind as they review Elder Christofferson’s message: What is holiness? How do we seek after holiness? How does partaking of the sacrament help us in our efforts? Members could share words from Elder Christofferson’s message that help answer these questions. How do we help each other as “fellow Saints” in our efforts to become more holy?

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What is holiness?

The word translated “holiness” in the New Testament means to be “set apart.” In the Old Testament, holiness was generally connected with God’s perfection. How can we be set apart and perfect?

See: Holiness to the Lord

‘Holiness is making the choices that will keep the Holy Ghost as our guide. Holiness is setting aside our natural tendencies and becoming “a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord.” “Every moment of [our lives] must be holiness to the Lord.”’ (Carol F McConkie, General Conference, April 2017)

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Watch: To Act in All Holiness President Uchtdorf teaches how to “act in all holiness.” (1:58)

How do we seek after holiness?

If we yearn to dwell in Christ and have Him dwell in us, then holiness is what we seek, in both body and spirit. We seek it in the temple, whereon is inscribed “Holiness to the Lord.” We seek it in our marriages, families, and homes. We seek it each week as we delight in the Lord’s holy day. We seek it even in the details of daily living: our speech, our dress, our thoughts. As President Thomas S. Monson has stated, “We are the product of all we read, all we view, all we hear and all we think.” We seek holiness as we take up our cross daily.

What are some of the ways in which we can ‘seek after holiness’?

Where does holiness start?

What should be our motivation in seeking holiness?

‘We must always remember that in seeking after holiness we are not so much seeking after a thing as we are seeking a person.’ (Kevin DeYoung, The Hole in Our Holiness)

See 1 Peter 1 :15 -16

15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;

16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

‘Continuing encouragement comes as we follow the example of Jesus, who taught, “Be ye holy; for I am holy.” His hope for us is crystal clear! He declared: “What manner of men ought ye to be? Verily I say unto you, even as I am.” (3 Ne. 27:27) Thus, adoration of Jesus is best expressed by our emulation of Jesus.
People have never failed to follow Jesus because his standards were imprecise or insufficiently high. Quite to the contrary. Some have disregarded his teachings because they were viewed as being too precise or impractically high! Yet such lofty standards, when earnestly pursued, produce great inner peace and incomparable joy.
There is no other individual to compare with Jesus Christ, nor is there any other exhortation equal to his sublime expression of hope: “I would that ye should be perfect even as I, or your Father who is in heaven is perfect.” (3 Ne. 12:48)’ (Russell M nelson, “Perfection Pending,” Ensign, Nov. 1995, 87-88)
How does partaking of the sacrament help in our efforts?
Partaking of the Savior’s flesh and drinking His blood means to put out of our lives anything inconsistent with a Christlike character and to make His attributes our own. 

Watch video: The sabbath and the sacrament (L Tom Perry, April 2011)

Watch video: Reverence the sacrament Elder Quentin L. Cook explains explains that through taking the sacrament, we show our willingness to follow the Saviour.

“Partaking of the sacrament provides us with a sacred moment in a holy place.” (Elder L. Tom Perry.)

How might this idea of “a sacred moment” and “a holy place” influence our thoughts and actions as we partake of the sacrament?

  1. Do I think about the words of the sacrament hymn?

  2. Do I listen to the sacrament prayers?

  3. Do I remember that Jesus suffered and died for me?

  4. Do I feel sorry for mistakes I have made?

  5. Do I promise to do better?

  6. In what way can I improve?

How do we help each other as “fellow Saints” in our efforts to become more holy?

The glorious truth is we are not alone. We have the love of God, the grace of Christ, the comfort and guidance of the Holy Spirit, and the fellowship and encouragement of fellow Saints in the body of Christ. 

How can we encourage each other to become more holy?

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