Today's sacrament-meeting topic was
The ward's role in bringing me to Christ.The following is (roughly) my opening remarks.
My role in bringing the ward to Christ.
[having dismissed those who presented the sacrament to the congregation]#gist
The sacrament, of course, is the reason we come here, the most important thing we do each week, as we've been told.
When asked however, what the most vital thing to do is if we're feeling spiritually worn, the most common correct answers are daily individual and family prayer, daily individual and family scripture study. No one suggests that before brushing your teeth and crawling into bed that we pause a moment to bless an individual dose of bread and water for ourselves.
Consider the prayers we hear each week. The bread for instance is blessed for "all those who partake of it"---not for me. as I partake of it.
Clearly there are some things we must do together. Somethings that gain value by being done by a community, by a ward family, rather than by individuals....