Tutorial 4: Advanced Collection Notes


tutorial 4 advanced collection notes

Scripture Notes Tutorial Day 4: The Sacrament Prayers

Today’s tutorial will cover some other features of creating collection notes and we’re going to do this using the sacrament prayers.

Collecting Verses

Get started by opening a reading pane and navigating to D&C 20:77 which is the blessing on the bread. We want to start a collection note on this verse so click the top icon to the right of the verse to start a note that includes this verse.

new collection note

Lets immediately give this note the title “Comparison of Sacrament Prayers” and a tag of “Sacrament.”

Now we notice that the previous verse and the next two verses should also be included in this note since they are part of the sacrament prayers.

You can either use the up and down plus buttons on the right of the verses in the note area, or just drag over the other three verses.

previous next verses

Once those four verses are there, in the reading pane to the left, click library, Book of Mormon, Moroni, and open chapter four and drag all three verses to the collection note, and then get the two verses from Moroni chapter five as well.

Increase your Master Note Area

Now that you’ve added these verses, click the right pointing arrow to expand your collection note, then click the horizontal bar between the master note at the top, and the verses at the bottom, and drag it downward to increase space at the top for typing.

In the toolbar at the top, click the table icon and create a table that is one row with three columns.

table creation

Now go down to D&C 20:77 and highlight the text. Right-click and select copy (or for the keyboard shortcut press ctrl-C (Windows) or cmd-C (Mac)) to copy it into memory.

Click into the first column’s cell and right-click and select paste, or press ctrl/cmd-V to paste it. 

Now repeat this with the blessing on the water in the second column.

Breaking Down the Sacrament Prayers

Now take each blessing and break them up so that each concept or phrase of the prayer is on a line even with the prayer beside it, and then in the third column, put:

Our Promises

God’s Promise


Other Thoughts

When you’re done you should see something like this image below. Mark up the differences however you desire.

Sacrament Prayer Comparison

If your text doesn’t line up at the top edge of the columns, your vertical alignment is not centered. Click into a cell and select the vertical alignment tool and select “Top” to push everything to the top.

vertical align

Filling in the blanks

Now start filling in the third column. What are we promising, and what is God promising? How does it differ between each prayer? Write down all the questions you can come up with. These will become things to study and pray for revelation on. Remember, these prayers were revealed by God so each word has an important reason for being there. For example, why do we only witness that we are willing to take upon us the name of Christ? Why is it only the prayer on the bread that says we may always have his spirit to be with us? Why does God instruct us to say “O God, the Eternal Father” twice in each prayer? Who is actually blessing the bread and water? What is the role of the priest in the sacrament? What does it mean to take the name of deity upon us? Whose Spirit is it we are receiving?

Below your table, copy/paste this reference to a great talk on the sacrament that Elder Dallin Oaks gave in the April 1985 General Conference called “Taking Upon Us the Name of Christ.” Reading it will answer at least one of those questions I just posed.


Now that you’ve added that link, click in the category box at the top right of your note and check the box for “Article” and “Audio/Video/Image” since the link contains both of these items. That will make finding it easier when you learn about doing advanced searches.

Some Thoughts on the Covenants

The sacrament prayers are like the proverbial onion where you peel back layer after layer and gain new insights and perspectives with time. One can see that they clearly aren’t the same prayer or covenant. 

If we want Christ’s spirit to “always” be with us, we must follow the outline in the prayer on the bread, to take his name upon us properly by making and keeping temple covenants, to keep his commandments, and to always remember him. When we do not have the Spirit with us, it implies that we have failed in one of these three covenant obligations. The prayer on the water sets the stage that as often as we are clean and properly do remember Christ, we may have his spirit to be with us. It seems to me that the prayer on the water is preparatory and leads to the prayer on the bread. The covenant on the bread perfects the covenant on the water.

Also, note this doesn’t appear to be referencing the Holy Ghost in these covenants. “His” spirit is referencing Jesus Christ. The phrase “Spirit of Christ” is mentioned 5 times in scripture and studying them may help reveal another idea for what’s happening in these prayers.

Finally, what covenant are we renewing when we partake of the sacrament? For many years we have heard it is the baptismal covenant. I found this quote from Elder Neil L. Anderson in an article online by Ugo Perego. He cites it in footnote 45 from “Witnessing to Live the Commandments,” General Conference Leadership Training on the Sabbath Day Observance at Church (April 2015).

The title “renewing our baptismal covenants” is not found in the scriptures. It’s not inappropriate. Many of you have used it in talks; we have used it in talks. But it is not something that is used in the scriptures, and it can’t be the keynote of what we say about the sacrament. … The sacrament is a beautiful time to not just renew our baptismal covenant, but to commit to Him to renew all our covenants, all our promises, and to approach Him in a spiritual power that we did not have previously as we move forward.

You may want to add that quote into your notes as well (and add the Quote category).

Completing Your Search

Be sure to hit save on your collection note. Now you can do searches for other scriptures that mention the sacrament and decide which of those verses should be added to this collection note. You might not add all the verses that mention “sacrament” (there are twelve if you search “sacrament*”), and you might add other verses that are sacrament related without using the word sacrament in the verse, such as the occasion of the Last Supper. Once you’ve added these verses, add what you learn to the master note at the top of the collection note. Happy studying!


Tutorial 4: Advanced Collection Notes

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