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 appreciate the ordinance of the sacrament. In particular, children will learn what they should be thinking about (and not be thinking about) during this sacred time as well as what the sacrament can do for all of us.
Beautifully illustrated by Nathan Pinnock, this thought-provoking story about a young boy and his grandpa is a gentle reminder about the importance of remembering the Lord Jesus Christ, especially during this special meeting meant for Him.
- Size: 9x11
- Pages: 32
- Publisher: Deseret Book 2014
- ISBN: 978-1-60907-790-7
About the Authors
JOHN BYTHEWAY served a mission to the Philippines and later graduated from Brigham Young University. He has a master’s degree in religious education and is a part-time instructor at the BYU Salt Lake Center. John is the author of many bestselling books, audio talks, and DVDs, including How to Be an Extraordinary Teen; Life Rocks; and his first children’s picture book, The Sacrament. He and his wife, Kimberly, have six children.
Nathan Pinnock studied at Utah State University, the University of Utah, and Atelier LeSueur in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration at Brigham Young University. Between years of school, Nate served a mission in Frankfurt, Germany. He illustrated books and magazines for fifteen years and now spreads his time between his illustration, sculpture, fine art, and teaching. He is a creator. His paintings and books can be found in galleries, businesses, and homes across America. Nate lives in Holladay with his wife, Alison, and kids.
A Must Read!
by Stephanie - reviewed on April 17, 2014
Author and speaker John Bytheway is one the best speakers ever. I'm not exaggerating. He has come out with several books that have always spoken directly to my heart. Right before my hubby and I got married several years ago someone gifted us with a copy of John Bytheway's book titled "What We Wished We'd Known When We Were Newlyweds" and I have been totally hooked ever since. I have read, or listened to, as many as I could get my hands on including "How to be Totally Miserable" and the complete John Bytheway audio collection. I was pretty excited to see that he came out with a children's book that focuses on the sacrament...not only that but it rhymes! (We love rhyming books at our house - it really helps you remember what you read when it rhymes!) This book is adorable and it tells about the Sacrament in a kid-friendly way. One of the best features of the book is the last 2 pages where John Bytheway points out all the symbols you see in the chapel during the sacrament and discusses how we can use each of the symbols to help us remember the Savior and understand the atonement. This book would make an excellent baptism gift!
great for a baptism gift!
by Larry - reviewed on April 23, 2014
This is a wonderful story to help parents teach and reinforce the sacredness and importance of the Sacrament. Grandpa is an excellent person for teaching with patience and love. If you have or know someone preparing for baptism, this is an excellent book to prepare them.
Wake Up Call To Think Of Jesus
by Jinky - reviewed on May 08, 2014
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 times I get a heck of a time wrangling them to sit still during sacrament meeting particularly during the actual passing of the bread and water (thanks to those people from time-to-time over the years that extended their helping hands!). They're a bit older now (11, 7, 5) so they're pretty good about being quiet but I want them to truly grasp the reason for the reverence. This book powerfully did that. It did so my accounting a simple story of a young boy on vacation having the time of his life at his grandfather's homestead. It didn't occur to him that he would have to go to church even on vacation. So comes church day and bored as can be. Grandpa noticing his weariness whispered a story to him of an observation he had when he was about the same age. Grandpa had noticed many people then were distracted as well and lost focus that the hour was a time for worship. Grandpa recalled wondering, "Yes, I couldn't help but wonder what the Lord Himself would say should He walk into the chapel while His Saints behaved this way; Would His loving eyes be saddened; would His countenance be grim while He there observed and listened to a service meant for Him?" (p14). Wow, what a wake up call! Surely inspired the boy to remember Jesus from then on during sacrament ...and me too! ...and my kids! ...and those who read this book! This book is now on my list of outstanding books for gifting. I also foresee utilizing this for sharing time when a call for a lesson on sacrament arise. Absolutely fabulous picture book! *Hardcover provided by publicist in exchange for an honest review.
Great teaching book.
by Heidi - reviewed on April 15, 2014
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 teaches him about the reasons for the ordinance and why we need to direct our attention away from worldly cares and focus on Jesus Christ. The author also takes the time to simply explain the symbolism inherent in the ordinance. A great book for teaching children about a vitally important ordinance.
Great For All Ages!
by Melanie - reviewed on April 18, 2014
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 young and old! After reading it, I reflected on what I can do to make the sacrament more meaningful for me each Sunday. There's also two pages at the end titled "Symbols of the Sacrament." This is a great way to start a meaningful discussion on the symbolism we see every Sunday. I also enjoyed the pictures! Visiting grandpa looks like a lot of fun. I also got a kick out of the pictures of the bored or distracted congregation. Then, there are pictures of baptism, the sacrament and the Savior. This makes a great Family Home Evening lesson and is a book I highly recommend to everyone!
Excellent message for young and old alike!
by Andrea - reviewed on April 08, 2014
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, and this book is a great way to help teach/remind our children about what the sacrament is all about.
by Shauna - reviewed on April 18, 2014
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 the sacredness of the sacrament and what things to think about... and not think about... during this special time of worship. PERFECT to help young children! a GREAT reminder for all ages! Includes a fascinating list of the symbols of the Sacrament~
The Sacrament by John Bytheway
by Mindy - reviewed on April 05, 2014
I was very excited to review this book to review. A few days after I received it, there was a lovely Relief Society lesson given by a sister in my ward about the Sacrament. Sister Reader passed out papers to all the sisters that read, "What did you think of during the sacrament?" That sentence really made me think. Usually I read the scriptures during the sacrament, but did I truly think about the Savior and the importance of the sacrament? The next day at Family Home Evening, I was inspired to give a lesson about the sacrament. We read this lovely book together as a family and used the lovely experience of the author to better our understanding of the sacrament and the importance of partaking it every week. Also to encourage my family to be spiritually prepared to take the sacrament, and to be thinking of Jesus Christ, through prayer and the scriptures. My family and I will cherish this book and I am very grateful that it is in our home.
Really helps kids understand the importance of the sacrament
by Crystal - reviewed on April 06, 2014
The Sacrament by John Bytheway is the perfect book to explain not only the importance of the sacrament but the importance of reverence and worship during the sacrament. The story is told in first person poetry of a young boy who goes with his family to visit his grandfather. It is easy to follow and the words that his grandfather told him about the Savior and the sacrament make the reader take a step back and evaluate their own worship during this sacred ordinance whether young or old. We used this book as a family home evening story and it was a huge success! We discussed the importance of reverence and the renewal of baptismal covenants made for those who have been baptized. A huge bonus is the definition of sacramental terms at the end of the book that are a great reference for explaining each part of the sacrament. A great book for all ages of children to read and look at the pictures and as an adult I enjoyed it too! I received a complimentary copy of this book, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Very cute and a great teaching tool!
by Alexis - reviewed on April 11, 2014
The Sacrament is a great book to teach your children about the meaning of partaking of the sacrament. I'm sure many of our children (and us) have found the Sacrament time to be a little bit boring or we find our minds thinking of other things. This book is a great way to teach our children why we have the sacrament, what it represents, and what we should think about while we take it. It also has an explanation of the symbols of the sacrament which is another great teaching tool. I even learned some things from the symbols being explained! Did you know that the white cloth put on the sacrament table represents the cloth that covered Jesus' body in the tomb? I didn't! The book is written in poetry form which I love! I think that's a great way to get the attention of children. The story itself is also very clever - it's about a young boy who goes on a family vacation to his grandfather's house. Since they are there on Sunday, they go to church with him. They find the meeting very boring, but his grandfather teaches him about the sacrament in a way that he will always remember it. I love when childrens stories become teaching tools! It's a great way for children to learn! If you have younger children or grandchildren, then definitely check out this book! There are also great illustrations that portray the story so well!
What a Delightful Treat
by Crystal - reviewed on April 30, 2014
Even as an adult I too often let my mind wander during sacrament. This book was a wonderful reminder of the divine purpose of sacrament and the power of the covenants we make and renew each week. Brother Pinnock's Beautiful illustrations, coupled with the wise words of Brother Bytheway, make this a delightful book to own. Perfect for a baptism gift, or any occasion. What a great product!