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This is part two in explaining the Mormonism Sacrament. If you missed part one you can find it here.
Symbols of the Atonement of Jesus Christ can be found throughout the sacrament. Indeed, the sacrament itself is all about the Atonement and was first performed by Christ himself.
"And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you."
- Luke 22:19-20 -
In my post "Sacrifice-Typifying of Christ" I explained some of the symbolism involved in the ancient sacrifices that were made before Christ's coming in the Meridian of Time. These sacrifices were used as a way to look forward to the coming of Christ, and his sacrifice for us. So when Christ came and performed his sacrifice the form of our sacrifices changed. We no longer looked forward to him, but we now look back in remembrance of what he did. What sacrifice was for ancient saints the sacrament is for us.
Christ's mortal life ended on the cross in Calvary. His blood was spilt and his body was bruised and broken. This is all evident in the ordinance of the sacrament. Bread is broken as a symbol of Christ's body. And the water is there as a representation of the blood that was spilt.
Also in the sacrament ordinance is the sacrament table, where it is prepared and blessed. This table is a representation of an altar, whereon is placed the emblems of Christ's body. This scene is very much a symbol of Christ's body being sacrificed for us.
On the emblems, the bread and water, is placed a white cloth. What is commonly used to show purity and cleanliness. And the cloth itself can be looked at as a representation of the cloth that covered Christ in the tomb, later removed when Christ was resurrected.
All throughout the sacrament can be found symbolism and representations that lead us to think of Jesus Christ.
Interested in learning more about Mormonism or the Sacrament?
Read about it here: https://www.lds.org/topics/sacrament?lang=eng
Or ask a missionary about it here: http://mormon.org/chat