Before anyone is offended or goes into attack mode about my straining at a gnat, please remember that “The View from …” posts are documents from the Mormon past that speak to some point – sometimes a very narrow point – of the Church’s teachings about or practices concerning women, especially our roles in the institutional Church. This 1950 article speaks to that question and so is included in the series. It is a data point. Period.
Teachers to Prepare Sacrament Table
It is recommended that ordained Teachers be given the responsibility of preparing the sacrament table. This would include filling the cups in the water trays and the placing of the unbroken bread in the bread trays, placing these on the sacrament table after clean linens have been placed, seeing that the trays are also covered after they have been placed on the table.
It is preferred that this particular responsibility not be delegated either to LDS girls or their mothers. Custodians should not be required to perform this service. Bearers of the Aaronic Priesthood should be assigned to look after this detail of the administration of the sacrament in both Sunday School and sacrament meeting.
When the trays have been placed on the table and properly covered before the meeting begins, only Priests, or those with higher authority, are authorized to perform at the sacrament table when once the meeting is under way.