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The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Doctrine and Covenants 19:16-19

"The unconditional parts of the Atonement, those that assure our resurrection from physical death and that pay for Adam's transgression, require no further action on our part. They are the free gifts of unmerited divine grace. The conditional part, however, requires our repentance-part of 'all we can do'-as the condition of applying mercy to our personal sins. We have been told that if we do not repent, we must suffer even as the Savior did to satisfy the demands of justice." Bruce C. Hafen, "The Broken Heart: Applying the Atonement to Life's Experiences," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1989], p. 7

"A testimony of Jesus is to know that He voluntarily took upon Himself the sins of all mankind in the Garden of Gethsemane, which caused Him to suffer in both body and spirit and to bleed from every pore. All this He did so that we would not have to suffer, if we would repent." Ezra Taft Benson, "Come unto Christ," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1983], p. 12

"If men repent and obey the gospel law, they are forgiven of their sins; they inherit mercy from the Lord's hands, Christ himself through the infinite and eternal atonement bearing their burdens and paying the penalty for their transgressions. But if men do not repent and keep the commandments, if they continue to transgress against their brethren and to walk after the manner of the world, they are denied the full mercies of the atonement and instead are required to pay the penalty for their own sins." Bruce R. McConkie, "Doctrinal New Testament Commentary," 3 vols. [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1965-1973], 1: 430

"In His retrospective comments on the awful Atonement, Jesus tells us that He 'suffered both body and spirit,' experiencing incredibly interactive pain (see D&C 19:18-19). Those comments do not even mention His having been spat upon, struck, scourged, given vinegar and gall, and so forth. He does say, however, that He trembled because of pain and 'would that [he] might not shrink'--that is, by failing to partake fully of the bitter cup and thereby finishing the Atonement. To shrink means to 'recoil,' 'pull back,' 'cower'! Mercifully for all of us, Jesus did not shrink!" Neal A. Maxwell, "That Ye May Believe," [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1992], p. 210

"It must be an awful punishment which shall be meted out to the inhabitants who shall be cast into hell for a thousand years. They will know that Christ has come and that on the earth he reigns in peace and righteousness. They will realize that those who have lived and died, who were worthy, have received the resurrection, and all the people of the earth are happy and filled with joy because they are guided by their King. They will know that they have lost all of this because of their wickedness, and during the thousand years they will be in torment with their sins, looking forth to the final judgment with fear and trembling. Yet their punishment will be for their good. The Lord will not punish them merely because he is angry, and delights in their suffering. Their suffering must be met, for they have denied the mercies of Jesus Christ and therefore must suffer even as he suffered for the sins of the world (D&C 19:16-19), for his suffering will not cleanse them. It will be a punishment of cleansing; and when they have paid the price-and it will be a most dreadful, painful ordeal-then shall they be prepared to receive such blessings as the Lord, in his great mercy, is prepared to give to them." Joseph Fielding Smith, "The Way to Perfection," [Salt Lake City: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1949], p. 303-304

Out of love for His Father and for us, He allowed Himself to suffer beyond the capacity of mortal man. He told us some of what that infinite sacrifice required of Him. You remember the words:

“For behold, I, God, have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent;

“But if they would not repent they must suffer even as I;

“Which suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit—and would that I might not drink the bitter cup, and shrink—

“Nevertheless, glory be to the Father, and I partook and finished my preparations unto the children of men.” – Henry B. Eyring, “Act in All Diligence,” Ensign (CR) May 2010

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