I recently blogged at Religion in American History about my attempts to learn about contemporary Mormonism during a recent research trip to Utah.
One of the highlights for me was attending church at a ward in Sandy (priesthood meeting, Sunday School, and sacrament meeting). (I thought only African Americans spent so long in church on Sundays — we Presbyterians are in and out in 58 minutes sharp!).
I was curious about one element of the sacrament meeting, actually one of the elements. I’ve never seen water used anywhere else to celebrate the Lord’s Supper. My first thought was that it must symbolize baptism. Of course, I also figure it could not symbolize Christ’s blood, but I could be wrong about that. Can anyone enlighten me on the origins of this practice? and the Mormon understanding of the sacrament more generally?