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ERIC - Does being early at the sacrament meeting a commandment? where in the scripture is it written? and so if it is a commandment, does it mean we are not allow to partake the sacrament?

JOEL - Being early is not a commandment; just a request by local and general church leaders. The only related commandment might be the one about keeping the Sabbath day holy. Coming in late might be considered a disruption to the reverence and holiness of the meeting. Out of respect to God and other members, being on time for the meeting is just the right and reverent thing to do. One scripture comes to mind that might help:

"...cease to sleep longer than is needful; retire to thy bed early, that ye may not be weary; arise early, that your bodies and your minds may be einvigorated." (D&C 88:124)

There is no reason why someone should not take the sacrament just because they are late. Whether or not one takes the sacrament is completly up to the individual. The only time anyone would not be allowed to take the sacrament is when specifically directed by the bishop as part of some sort of church discipline.

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