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I know the policy for administering the sacrament lies with the local authority of wherever you are at. We are going to be on a cruise for two full weeks and would like to offer a service to all LDS members including ourselves on the cruise. I want to know who can or is willing to authorize one to administer the sacrament while in the middle of the ocean. Our Bishop and stake president can't so who can and who will?
The bishop who presides over the location where you will be is the only one who can authorize the administration of the sacrament. If authorized, you would report back to him after the service was held. And yes, even in the middle of the ocean you are within the jurisdiction of a bishop or other priesthood leader.reckbrian wrote:I want to know who can or is willing to authorize one to administer the sacrament while in the middle of the ocean. Our Bishop and stake president can't so who can and who will?
In addition to that instruction, the Handbook also says that sacrament services should not be held in conjunction with family reunions or other outings. While it is important to meet with the Saints and partake of the sacrament regularly, sometimes it is not possible. General authorities attend sacrament services only once a month (usually). All of us miss partaking of the sacrament during a stake conference or general conference weekend.
While you probably will not receive authorization to conduct a sacrament meeting, there is no reason you cannot have gospel discussions with your family and other members and friends on the Sabbath day. Keeping the Sabbath Day holy is possible under any circumstances, with or without the ordinance of the sacrament.