I love my "together time" with my Savior during the sacrament. Our Aaronic Priesthood do such a wonderful job setting the tone. I take that time to reflect upon ALL the covenants I have made, including my baptismal covenant. I only make any one covenant once. All other times I hear the words or witness the actions it is someone else's covenant being made. As important as it is to hear those words again and again, my covenant only occurs once. I find this time with my savior invaluable to me.
Thank you for putting my feelings into words. I often have felt inspiration and an awesome closeness to my Heavenly Father when sitting quietly alone surrounded by his magnificent natural creation. But I have also felt a closeness to him while sitting quietly meditating during the sacrament. Plus I know that I am where he wants me to be at that moment.
I believe the desire to experience God outside of church instead of attending can come about because of negative experiences at Church. People might have chosen to judge us or criticize our best efforts as not being sufficient. This can be particularly destructive when the criticism comes from Church leaders.
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