The most recent installment of Elder Willard Larsen Jones’s 1901 missionary diary records his attendance at a Campbellite service where church members partook of the sacrament. Elder Jones found fault with the service, particularly in this detail:
Some would take with left hand and some with right. No system.
That gave rise to discussion in the comments about the apparently obsolete practice in our own Church regarding taking the sacrament with the right hand only — Julia, who is in her mid-30s, did not recall ever having been taught that using the right hand to take the sacrament was obligatory; I, in my mid-50s, remember this being taught (and enforced!) in my childhood. I use my right hand as much out of habit and general preference as anything, but in thinking about it this evening I realize that I do use only my right hand when I pass the tray down the row. I also resist what I frequently observe others doing: holding the tray in the left hand while taking the water with the right.
So — were you ever taught that it was important to use the right hand ONLY when taking or passing the sacrament? Or had that tradition faded by the time you were learning your basic habits as a Latter-day Saint? Where and when were you a child or young teen (or adult convert) when you would have been most likely to have been taught this habit, if in fact you were so taught?
And of course, your comments about past and present understandings of this question are welcome.