So we’re talking about the priesthood in Sunday School today, and a fairly recent convert asks the following question:
If the priesthood is the authority to act in the name of God and to perform acts that have eternal significance, why do you need to the priesthood to prepare the sacrament? What authority is necessary to get some slices of bread in a tray and fill those little cups? Or do those trays and little cups have a significance that means that only the priesthood can handle them?
As the answer to the last question is clearly no, a missionary suggested it was because the sacrament required a high level of respect because it was a sacred ordinance — but as the questioner pointed out, you don’t need the priesthood to show respect.
Any ideas? I came up with an answer, which I’ll post later. A hint: it was historical rather than doctrinal.