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DOLORES - What is the reason why we are not partaking Sacrament every general conference?
JOEL - There are a few scriptures related to this issue:
It is expedient that the church meet together often to partake of bread and wine in the remembrance of the Lord Jesus; (D&C 20: 75)
And that thou mayest more fully keep thyself unspotted from the world, thou shalt go to the house of prayer and offer up thy sacraments
upon my holy day;
For verily this is a day appointed unto you to rest from your labors, and to pay thy devotions unto the Most High; (D&C 59: 9-10)
While both of these scriptures tell us to partake of the Sacrament on the Sabbath; they do not specify that it must be done "every" Sunday.
Not doing it on General Conference weekend I think is mostly just a matter of practicality. It would be rather difficult and very impractical to
pass the sacrament to everyone attending conference in the conference center and other places in the world, nor would it be practical to
try and fit it in between or before or after conference sessions (think of those families with small children and travel time).
Some people travel many miles to see Conference in person in Salt Lake City; where would they go to take the sacrament?
This is all under the control and direction of church leaders who have been inspired to institute this policy.
Actually, the Sacrament doesn't even have to be taken on Sunday. In some parts of the world, their Sabbath day is held on days other
than Sunday, depending on the customs of the country and the needs of the individuals. Homebound members can have the sacrament
administered to them in their homes on any day, under the direction of the Bishop.
Most Bible scholars agree that the very first sacrament (Last Supper) performed by Jesus was on a week day, either Wednesday or
Thursday. The main point, as the scripture says, is to meet often and take the sacrament. Every Sunday of the year (minus a few for
General and Stake conferences) is apparently often enough.