Thursday, October 25, 2007

Fast and Testimony Meetings

I was just reading up on Fast and Testimony meetings as we have ours this Sunday due to Stake Conference being the first Sunday of November. I came across the following statement in Ludlow's Encyclopedia of Mormonism:
"The fast is officially broken by partaking of the sacrament of the Lord's Supper."

He goes on to explain that,
"In modern scripture, fasting is described as 'rejoicing and prayer' (Doctrine and Covenants 59:14), which implies that it is more than just abstaining from food."

I've always not understood why in some places we are told to forego food and liquids for 24 hours and other times we are told to skip 2 meals. This quote seems to go along with the skipping two meals if we start our fast the night before and don't eat until lunch the next day. What do you think?

2 comments:

don&janet said...

"The Church designates one Sunday each month, usually the first Sunday, as a day of fasting. Proper observance of fast Sunday includes going without food and drink for two consecutive meals, attending fast and testimony meeting, and giving a fast offering to help care for those in need."

Hey, I just cut and pasted that from the church website and no one was around to help me! Yes, you can be impressed! Anyway, I knew we were asked to fast for two consecutive meals, I just always believe in getting it straight from the source!
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Anonymous said...

I think it's really a personal decision. I don't think one is more right than the other.