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Virtually all Christians practice special ceremonies or rites, often called sacraments. The Mormon church calls these ceremonies ordinances. The ceremony called The Lord's Supper, the Eucharist or Communion within Nicene Christianity has a parallel in the Mormon church, called Sacrament. The communion or sacrament ceremony commemorates the Last Supper, instituted by Jesus after the Passover meal, before going to the Garden of Gethsemane, prior to his crucifixion.
The LDS Sacrament is central to Sunday worship services and consists of partaking of bread and water (not wine), emblems of Christ's body and blood. When one partakes of the sacrament, one witnesses to God that one is willing to take upon themselves the name of his Son and that one will always remember Him and keep His commandments.
The Lord's Supper
The Mormon church uses bread and water for the "The Lord's Supper", representing the body and blood of Christ which they believe was sacrificed for the sins of humankind. The prayers for the Sacrament are not read verbatim from the Book of Mormon (Moroni 4 and Moroni 5), but are left to "inspiration of the Holy Spirit."
Depiction of God the Father and Jesus Christ appearing to Joseph Smith
Mormon is a term used to describe the adherents, practitioners, followers or constituents of certain denominations within the Latter Day Saint movement. The term most often refers to a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), which is commonly called the Mormon Church.
Mormonism is a religious movement. The people that belong to this religion are called Latter-day Saints, or Mormons. Their teachings were influenced by Christianity and they consider themselves to be a Christian movement. Some people disagree, because Mormons have beliefs that are different from the typical beliefs of other Christian churches; for example, their Bible is The Book of Mormon. Members of the Church believe that it is the original Christian Church started by Jesus Christ and restored by Joseph Smith, Jr. in 1830.
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