On Women and the
Administration of the Lord's Supper
Revelation on the propriety of women administering the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper. Eldresses may only administer the emblems in special women's meetings where Elders are not available, or with the permission of the Pastor [Oppsal, Oslo, Norway].
1. Concerning the propriety of the female ministry administering the emblems of the Sacrament1 of the Lord's Supper:
The Right Pattern is Important
2. The Elder who administereth the emblems doeth so as the representitive of Christ and must therefore be male, for it is requisite with divine law that the male preside over the female in righteousness (Eph.5:23).
3. Therefore when the saints congregate together on their Sabbaths and in their Priesthood Schools it is expedient that only men of the ministry bless and administer the emblems.
4. Nevertheless the sisters, when meeting alone and apart from the brethren in their various organisations or in other circumstances where the brethren are not available, and as may be revealed by the Holy Spirit and in accordance with divine precept and law, may receive the emblems of the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper at the hands of Eldresses.
Purity of Heart is Essential
5. But this shall not be done in any spirit of rebellion or covetousness, for the Body of Christ shall be one and not divided into two communions, saith the Lord.
6. Let not the brethren suppose that they are given to administer the Sacrament before the sisters on account of any special worthiness or greatness, for they are called to do so by grace, that the true principles of Heaven may be revealed and not lost in corrupt ordinances.
7. And behold, the mystery of the Sacrament is revealed in the House of the Lord in the Priesthood Schools of the Prophets. Therefore hearken unto this statute until your understandings are fully quickened. Amen.
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