I don’t remember ever living in a ward with multiple quorums of deacons (maybe, in the Baby Boomer ’60s, before I was old enough to pay attention to the big boys). In any case, this announcement from the Presiding Bishop’s Office in 1953 suggests one more variant practice, along with uniforms and weird arm positions, that crept into and was rooted out of the simple dignity of the sacrament service.
Deacons to Pass Both Bread and Water
It is recommended that deacons or others passing the sacrament pass both the bread and the water. We discourage the practice of having one quorum or group pass the bread, and another quorum or group pass the water.
With the sacrament being administered in sacrament meeting, Sunday School, and Junior Sunday School, it is felt there should be ample opportunity for all to officiate in passing the sacrament without one group passing the bread and another group passing the water.