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"Most significantly, through the Prophet Joseph came translations and revelations which confirmed and described, as never before, the reality of the glorious Atonement, in which, alas, so few really believe today. It is the central act of all human history!" — Neal A. Maxwell, "My Servant Joseph," "Ensign," May 1992 (April Conference) page 39

"Given the freedom to choose, we may, in fact, make wrong choices, bad choices, hurtful choices. And sometimes we do just that, but that is where the mission and mercy of Jesus Christ comes into full force and glory. He has taken upon himself the burden of all the world's risk. He has provided a mediating atonement for the wrong choices we make. He is our advocate with the Father and has paid, in advance, for the faults and foolishness we often see in the exercise of our freedom. We must accept his gift, repent of those mistakes, and follow his commandments in order to take full advantage of this redemption. The offer is always there; the way is always open. We can always, even in our darkest hour and most disastrous errors, look to the Son of God and live." — Howard W. Hunter, "The Golden Thread of Choice," "Ensign," Nov. 1989 (October Conference) page 18

"The cumulative weight of all mortal sins--past, present, and future--pressed upon that perfect, sinless, and sensitive Soul! All our infirmities and sicknesses were somehow, too, a part of the awful arithmetic of the Atonement. (See Alma 7:11-12; Isa. 53:3-5; Matt. 8:17.) The anguished Jesus not only pled with the Father that the hour and cup might pass from Him, but with this relevant citation. 'And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me.' (Mark 14:35-36.)" — Neal A. Maxwell, "Willing to Submit," General Conference, April 1985

"If we could feel or were sensitive even in the slightest to the matchless love of our Savior and his willingness to suffer for our individual sins, we would cease procrastination and 'clean the slate,' and repent of all our transgressions." — David B. Haight, "Our Lord and Savior," "Ensign," May 1988, page 23

"Specific steps to assure that the Atonement is at work in your life will not always be the same. For some, at one point, it would be to see a bishop, a judge in Israel, to confess serious sin and to seek help. For another, it would be to accept baptism. But for everyone, at every stage of purification, there are constants. One is this: reception of the Holy Ghost is the cleansing agent as the Atonement purifies you." — Henry B. Eyring, "Come Unto Christ," BYU Speeches of the Year 1989-90

"It was not enough for him to know about our infirmities; he had to experience them personally in order that he could reach us in every extremity. There is no place so remote, no condition so dark and despairing, no feeling so helpless, no hurt so deep that the Savior has not already been there and borne those burdens for us. Only in this way could he then succor us--which, as Elder Jeffrey R. Holland has pointed out, literally means 'to run to' ('Come unto Me,' Ensign, April 1998, p. 22). It is comforting to me to think that when I am in most desperate need of help from the Savior, not only will he be there to help, but he will 'run to me' to do so. What compassion! What humility! What overwhelming love and support for every one of us!" — L. Robert Webb, "Vast and Intimate: The Atonement in the Heavens and in the Heart," BYU Speeches of the Year, 16 November 1998

"This Gospel will save the whole human family; the blood of Jesus will atone for our sins, if we accept the terms he has laid down; but we must accept those terms or else it will avail nothing in our behalf." — "Discourses of Brigham Young," p. 7

"Atonement is really three words: At-one-ment, meaning: to set at one, one with God; to reconcile, to conciliate, to expiate." — Boyd K. Packer, "Atonement, Agency, Accountability," General Conference, April 1988

"Salvation and all things incident thereto center in, revolve around, and are founded upon the atoning sacrifice of Christ. The blessings of baptism and celestial marriage, the sanctifying power of the Spirit, redemption from temporal and spiritual death, eternal life and exaltation -- indeed, all spiritual blessings -- are living realities because of the atonement. Without that infinite and eternal sacrifice they would not exist, and the whole plan of salvation would fade away into nothingness and be of no value." — Bruce R. McConkie, "Man is Justified Through the Blood of Christ," Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, Vol. 2

"The Atonement is real.  As you steadily do the things the Lord would have you do, a change will occur in you, and Satan's ability to lead you into the things that will destroy you and bring misery to you will become lessened." — Henry B. Eyring, "Surrender to Christ," Ricks College Devotional, 21 September 1993

"I believe that our conduct reflects our depth of understanding and appreciation for our Savior and his atonement. As your scriptural theme for Book of Mormon week states: 'If ye have experienced a change of heart, and if ye have felt to sing the song of redeeming love, . . . can ye feel so now?' (Alma 5:26). Our love for the Lord should be our greatest motivation to live righteously When we have a knowledge of and feeling for his suffering, how can we consciously contribute to that suffering through choosing to commit sin? — J. Richard Clarke, "Choice - The Crucible of Character," BYU Speeches of the Year, 14 February 1989

"It is only through the infinite Atonement of Jesus Christ that people can overcome the consequences of bad choices. Thus Nephi teaches us that it is ultimately by the grace of Christ that we are saved even after all that we can do (see 2 Ne. 25:23). No matter how hard we work, no matter how much we obey, no matter how many good things we do in this life, it would not be enough were it not for Jesus Christ and His loving grace. On our own we cannot earn the kingdom of God—no matter what we do." — M. Russell Ballard, "Building Bridges of Understanding," Ensign, June 1998, p. 65

"The central figure in his plan of salvation is our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. His atoning sacrifice for all mankind is the centerpiece of the history of our Father in Heaven’s children here on earth. Each of us who accepts the divine plan must accept the role of our Savior and covenant to keep his laws that our Father has developed for us. As we accept Christ in spirit and in deed, we may win our salvation." — L. Tom Perry, "Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper," Ensign, May 1996, p. 53

"The magnificent expression of His love came in His death when He gave His life as a sacrifice for all men. That Atonement, wrought in unspeakable pain, became the greatest event of history, an act of grace for which men gave nothing but which brought the assurance of the Resurrection to all who have or would walk the earth. No other act in all of human history compares with it. Nothing that has ever happened can match it. Totally unselfish and with unbounded love for all mankind, it became an unparalleled act of mercy for the whole human race." — Gordon B. Hinckley, "At the Summit of the Ages," Ensign, Nov. 1999, p. 73

"By understanding the Atonement, you will see that God is not a jealous being who delights in persecuting those who misstep. He is an absolutely perfect, compassionate, understanding, patient, and forgiving Father. He is willing to entreat, counsel, strengthen, lift, and fortify. He so loves each of us that He was willing to have His perfect, sinless, absolutely obedient, totally righteous Son experience indescribable agony and pain and give Himself in sacrifice for all. 6 Through that atonement we can live in a world where absolute justice reigns in its sphere so the world will have order. But that justice is tempered through mercy attainable by obedience to the teachings of Jesus Christ." — Richard G. Scott, "Finding Forgiveness," Ensign, May 1995, p. 75

"I stand all amazed at the love Jesus offers me and the love Jesus offers you. I think of the love he provided in Gethsemane. I think of the love he provided in the wilderness. I think of the love he provided at the tomb of Lazarus; of the love he demonstrated on Golgotha's hill, at the open tomb, and, yes, when he appeared in that sacred grove with his Father and spoke those memorable words to Joseph Smith. I thank God for his love in sharing his Only Begotten Son in the flesh, even Jesus Christ, for you and me. I thank the Lord for the love he demonstrated by providing his life, that we might have life eternal." — Thomas S. Monson, "Formula for Success," Ensign, Mar. 1996, p. 6

"Our Mediator, our Redeemer, our Brother, our Advocate with the Father died for our sins and the sins of all mankind. The Atonement of Jesus Christ is the foreordained but voluntary act of the Only Begotten Son of God. He offered His life as a redeeming ransom for us all." - Thomas S. Monson, "They Showed the Way," General Conference, April 1997

"The Atonement is the chief expression of Christ's loving-kindness. He endured so many things. For instance, as prophesied, He was spat upon (see 1 Ne. 19:9). As foretold, He was struck and scourged (see Mosiah 3:9). Likewise, He was offered vinegar and gall while aflame with thirst (see Ps. 69:21). Yet in His later description of His agonies, Jesus does not speak of those things. Instead, after the Atonement, there is no mention about His being spat upon, struck, or proffered vinegar and gall. Instead, Christ confides in us His chief anxiety, namely, that He 'would that [He] might not drink the bitter cup, and shrink' (D&C 19:18)-especially desiring not to get partway through the Atonement and then pull back. Mercifully for all of us, He 'finished [His] preparations unto the children of men' (D&C 19:19). Jesus partook of history's bitterest cup without becoming bitter! Significantly, when He comes again in majesty and power, He will cite His aloneness, saying, 'I have trodden the wine-press alone' (D&C 133:50)." - Neal A. Maxwell, "Enduring Well," Ensign, Apr. 1997, p. 10

"The Savior's Atonement is stunningly inclusive! 'For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive' (1 Cor. 15:22; emphasis added). Come one, come all, the Lord has invited. The gospel of Jesus Christ is for every man and woman, boy and girl. He doesn't change the rules for the rich or the poor, the married or unmarried, the Portuguese or the Chinese. The gospel is for every one of us, and the spiritual requirements and rewards are universal. In matters pertaining to salvation, 'all are alike unto God' (2 Ne. 26:33; emphasis added). The Lord's motives stand in stark contrast to those of Lucifer, who is obsessed with attempting to make us feel less than who we are as sons and daughters of God. He despises a consecrated people and delights at obscuring our vision and enticing us away from the path that leads back to our heavenly home." - Sheri L. Dew, "Our Only Chance," Ensign, May 1999, p. 66

"Thanks be to God, for He has a plan. Although the polishing process may be difficult at times, we should be grateful that adversity may bring us closer to Him and that His plan provided for a Savior and Redeemer who understands our trials and tribulations. The book of Alma states that Christ would suffer our 'pains and afflictions and temptations' and would 'take upon him... the sicknesses of his people' (Alma 7:11). Further, the Lord took death upon Himself so that the bands of death would be broken; and He also took upon Himself our infirmities, 'that his bowels may be filled with mercy,... that he may know... how to succor' us in our weaknesses (Alma 7:12)." - Merrill J. Bateman, "Living a Christ-Centered Life," Ensign, January 1999, p. 13

"Part of the reason the Savior suffered in Gethsemane was so that he would have an infinite compassion for us as we experience our trials and tribulations. Through his suffering in Gethsemane, the Savior became qualified to be the perfect judge. Not one of us will be able to approach him on the Judgment Day and say, 'You don't know what it was like.' He knows the nature of our trials better than we do, for he 'descended below them all.'" - Glenn L. Pace, "Crying with the Saints," Ensign, Sept. 1988, 71

"In Luke 4:18, Jesus quotes part of a passage from Isaiah that describes the heart of his ministry. The Isaiah passage reads: 'The Spirit of the Lord... hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek;... to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives,... to appoint unto them that mourn in Zion... beauty for ashes.' (Isa. 61:1, 3; italics added.)

"The Savior's atonement is thus portrayed as the healing power not only for sin, but also for carelessness, inadequacy, and all mortal bitterness. The Atonement is not just for sinners.

"We need to understand the Atonement more fully than we do, both because outsiders may misperceive our doctrine and because we may view the Atonement too narrowly in our own lives." - Bruce C. Hafen, "Beauty for Ashes: The Atonement of Jesus Christ," Ensign, Apr. 1990, 7

"It is so important for us to be on the Lord's side. But we should never forget that the Lord is also on our side.

"Each of us will taste the bitter ashes of life, from sin and neglect to sorrow and disappointment. But the atonement of Christ can lift us up in beauty from our ashes on the wings of a sure promise of immortality and eternal life. He will thus lift us up, not only at the end of life, but in each day of our lives." - Bruce C. Hafen, "Beauty for Ashes: The Atonement of Jesus Christ," Ensign, Apr. 1990, 13

"We cannot know to what extent his disciples fully understood the approaching events, but we do know that Christ faced his final moments alone. In one of the truly candid comments he would make to his brethren, he said, 'My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death.' (Matt. 26:38.) And he left them to do what only he could do. The Light of the World stepped away from human company and entered the garden grove to wrestle with the prince of darkness alone. Moving forward, kneeling, falling forward on his face, he cried with an anguish you and I will never know, 'O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me.' (Matt. 26:39.) But he knew, for our sakes, that it could not pass and that he must drink that bitter cup to the dregs!" - Jeffrey R. Holland, “He Loved Them unto the End,” Ensign, Nov. 1989, 25–26

"Alma revealed that Jesus knows how to succor us in the midst of our griefs and sicknesses precisely because Jesus has already borne our griefs and sicknesses (see Alma 7:11-12). He knows them firsthand; thus His empathy is earned. Of course, we do not comprehend it fully any more than we understand how He bore all mortal sins, but His Atonement remains the rescuing and reassuring reality." - Neal A. Maxwell, "From Whom All Blessings Flow," Ensign (CR), May 1997, p.11

"[Jesus] rejoices in our genuine goodness and achievement, but any assessment of where we stand in relation to Him tells us that we do not stand at all! We kneel!

"Can we, even in the depths of disease, tell Him anything at all about suffering? In ways we cannot comprehend, our sicknesses and infirmities were borne by Him even before these were borne by us. (See Alma 7:11-12; Matt. 8:17.) The very weight of our combined sins caused Him to descend below all. (See D&C 122:8.) We have never been, nor will we be, in depths such as He has known. Thus His atonement made His empathy and His capacity to succor us perfect, for which we can be everlastingly grateful as He tutors us in our trials. There was no ram in the thicket at Calvary to spare Him, this Friend of Abraham and Isaac." - Neal A. Maxwell, "O, Divine Redeemer," Ensign (CR), November 1981, p.8

"The Atonement of Jesus Christ is available to each of us. His Atonement is infinite. It applies to everyone, even you. It can clean, reclaim, and sanctify even you. That is what infinite means—total, complete, all, forever. President Boyd K. Packer has taught: 'There is no habit, no addiction, no rebellion, no transgression, no apostasy, no crime exempted from the promise of complete forgiveness. That is the promise of the atonement of Christ' ('The Brilliant Morning of Forgiveness,' Ensign, Nov. 1995, 20)." - Shayne M. Bowen, "The Atonement Can Clean, Reclaim, and Sanctify Our Lives," Ensign, November 2006

"As we are called upon to endure suffering, sometimes inflicted upon us intentionally or negligently, we are put in a unique position—if we choose, we may be allowed to have new awareness of the suffering of the Son of God. While Alma tells us that Christ suffered all that any of us will ever have to suffer that He might know how to succor us, (See Alma 7:11–12.) the reverse may also be true: that our suffering may allow us insight into the depth and magnitude of His atoning sacrifice." - Keith R. Edwards, "That They Might Know Thee," Ensign, November 2006

"I have long believed that the study of the doctrines of the gospel will improve behavior quicker than talking about behavior will improve behavior. The study of behavior is greatly improved when linked to standards and to values. Practical values, useful in everyday life, are found in the scriptures and the doctrines they reveal. I will give you one example: 'We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.' (A of F 1:3)

"You should learn while you are young that while the Atonement of Christ applies to humanity in general, the influence of it is individual, very personal, and very useful. Even to you beginners, an understanding of the Atonement is of immediate and very practical value in everyday life." - Boyd K. Packer, "Washed Clean," Ensign, May 1997

"Christ came to save us. If we have taken a wrong course, the Atonement of Jesus Christ can give us the assurance that sin is not a point of no return. A safe return is possible if we will follow God's plan for our salvation." - Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "Point of Safe Return," General Conference, April 2007

"Mankind's greatest need today is a sincere conviction that Jesus Christ was and is in very deed the Savior and Redeemer of the world; that he is the Son of the Father, the firstborn in the spirit and the Only Begotten in the flesh; that it was necessary and a part of God's plan before the world was created, that he should come to earth and take upon himself mortality, mend the law broken by Adam and Eve, and provide for us the plan whereby we might resurrect from the grave and return into the presence of our Heavenly Father from whence we came." - Joseph Anderson, "
A Testimony of Christ," Ensign (CR), November 1974, p.101

"If we could see the Savior of men suffering in the garden and upon the cross and could fully realize all that it meant to us, we would desire to keep his commandments and we would love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our might, mind and strength, and in the name of Jesus Christ would serve him." - Joseph Fielding Smith, "Doctrines of Salvation," 3 vols., edited by Bruce R. McConkie, 2:347

"This precious Son, our Lord and Savior, atoned for our sins and the sins of all. That memorable night in Gethsemane His suffering was so great, His anguish so consuming that He pleaded, 'Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.' (Matt. 26:39) Later, on the cruel cross, He died that we might live, and live everlastingly. Resurrection morning was preceded by pain, by suffering in accordance with the divine plan of God. Before Easter there had to be a cross. The world has witnessed no greater gift, nor has it known more lasting love." - Thomas S. Monson, "Gifts," Ensign (CR), May 1993, p.59

"We long for the ultimate blessing of the Atonementto become one with Him, to be in His divine presence, to be called individually by name as He warmly welcomes us home with a radiant smile, beckoning us with open arms to be enfolded in His boundless love. (See Alma 26:15; Morm. 5:11; Morm. 6:17; Moses 7:63.) How gloriously sublime this experience will be if we can feel worthy enough to be in His presence! The free gift of His great atoning sacrifice for each of us is the only way we can be exalted enough to stand before Him and see Him face-to-face. The overwhelming message of the Atonement is the perfect love the Savior has for each and all of us. It is a love which is full of mercy, patience, grace, equity, long-suffering, and, above all, forgiving." - James E. Faust, "The Atonement: Our Greatest Hope," Ensign (CR), November 2001, p.18

"To the Lord Jesus, who bought us with a great price, we owe an undying debt of gratitude. It is impossible for us, weak mortals as we are, to fully comprehend and appreciate the suffering he endured on the cross so that he might gain for us victory over death. And even less can we understand the suffering he endured in Gethsemane so that we might obtain forgiveness of our sins. 'Which suffering,' he said, '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 spiritand would that I might not drink the bitter cup, and shrink.' (D&C 19:18.)

"But nevertheless, he endured it for our sake. None of us could have endured that suffering. No mortal man nor any number of men together could have endured it. All people who understand what Jesus did for us ought to love him and demonstrate that love by rendering to him, in a realistic manner, thanks and gratitude." - Marion G. Romney, "Gratitude and Thanksgiving," Ensign (CR), November 1982, p.49

"We really are immortal in the sense that Christ’s Atonement conquers death, both physical and spiritual. And provided we have so lived Today that we have claim on the Atonement’s cleansing grace, we will live forever with God. This life is not so much a time for getting and accumulating as it is a time for giving and becoming. Mortality is the battlefield upon which justice and mercy meet. But they need not meet as adversaries, for they are reconciled in the Atonement of Jesus Christ for all who wisely use Today." - Lance B. Wickman, "Today," General Conference, April 2008

"If we cannot fully understand the atonementand men infinitely wiser than I have said publicly they cannotyou and I can yet get a little glimpse of it in holding in our arms a sweet child with a skinned knee or a bruised feeling. We share the pain, we bear some of it in our own hearts. We begin to understand an identification so close that when certain ones visited, or fed, or clothed, or blessed, they were doing it not alone to those whom they served, but to Him. He was that wrapped up in his children, his spiritual children." - Marion D. Hanks, May 28, 1964, "BYU Speeches of the Year," 1964, p.14

"I testify that while there are physical ailments that are not healed, all spiritual illness can be healed because of the atonement of Jesus Christ. If we will but use the God-given ingredients to cause such healing, it will happen. I testify of His healing power and promise that His prescription is the only cure for peace, happiness, and rest to one’s soul." - Malcolm S. Jeppsen, "A Divine Prescription for Spiritual Healing," Ensign (CR), May 1994, p.17

“Now, the atonement of Christ is the most basic and fundamental doctrine of the gospel, and it is the least understood of all our revealed truths.” - Bruce R. McConkie, “The Purifying Power of Gethsemane,” Ensign (CR), May 1985, p. 9

We were in bondage, through Adam's transgression. He and his posterity after him became subject to death. Death had dominion over us, and if that had continued, hell would have had dominion over us. What did Christ do? He ransomed us. He restored us. He brought us back through his atonement, through the shedding of his blood. He paid the price, as Paul says. He rescued us from captivity and bondage. That is what ransomed means. He liberated us from death. He paid the price that death required; and we, through his redemption, were recovered by the payment of the shedding of his blood. - Joseph Fielding Smith, "Doctrines of Salvation," 3 vols., edited by Bruce R. McConkie, 1:124

I do not know who in this vast audience today may need to hear the message of forgiveness inherent in this parable, but however late you think you are, however many chances you think you have missed, however many mistakes you feel you have made or talents you think you don’t have, or however far from home and family and God you feel you have traveled, I testify that you have not traveled beyond the reach of divine love. It is not possible for you to sink lower than the infinite light of Christ’s Atonement shines. - Jeffrey R. Holland, "The Laborers in the Vineyard," Ensign (CR) May 2012

As we repent and live in accordance with the commandments of God, the Atonement of Jesus Christ becomes a force for permanent change in our lives. We become more pure in heart and true disciples of the Master. Personal prayer, contributions of tithes and offerings, honoring the Sabbath day, and partaking of the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper are all regular practices that protect us from the bondage of sin and bring us true freedom and joy. - Russell M. Nelson, "Combating Spiritual Drift—Our Global Pandemic," Ensign (CR) November 1993

Alas, in a secular world Jesus is regarded by many, at best, as a distant figure; He is even denigrated. How transcendingly special, therefore, that the revelations of the Restoration confirm this cosmic fact: “God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son” (John 3:16). - Neal A. Maxwell, "How Choice a Seer!" Ensign (CR) October 2003

There are some who believe that because they have made mistakes, they can no longer fully partake of the blessings of the gospel. How little they understand the purposes of the Lord. One of the great blessings of living the gospel is that it refines us and helps us learn from our mistakes. We “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God,” yet the Atonement of Jesus Christ has the power to make us whole when we repent. - Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “The Way of the Disciple,” Ensign (CR) May 2009

Against all odds and with none to help or uphold Him, Jesus of Nazareth, the living Son of the living God, restored physical life where death had held sway and brought joyful, spiritual redemption out of sin, hellish darkness, and despair. With faith in the God He knew was there, He could say in triumph, “Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit.” - Jeffrey R. Holland, “None Were with Him,” Ensign (CR) May 2009

The gospel of Jesus Christ opens the path to what we may become. Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ and His grace, our failures to live the celestial law perfectly and consistently in mortality can be erased and we are enabled to develop a Christlike character. - D. Todd Christofferson, “Free Forever, to Act for Themselves,” Ensign (CR) November 2014

Yours is the privilege, if you want it, to come to know for yourself, today or soon, that you are pleasing God in spite of your shortcomings. I testify of a loving Savior who expects us to live the commandments. I testify of a loving Savior who is so very anxious to bestow His grace and mercy. I testify of a loving Savior who rejoices when we apply His Atonement daily with the calm and happy assurance that we are facing in the right direction. I testify of a loving Savior who is anxious for your “confidence [to] wax strong in the presence of God” (D&C 121:45). - Jörg Klebingat, “Approaching the Throne of God with Confidence,” Ensign (CR) November 2014

The Atonement of Jesus Christ provides the cleanser necessary to be made pure and clean, the soothing salve to heal spiritual wounds and remove guilt, and the protection that enables us to be faithful in times both good and bad. - David A. Bednar, “Come and See,” Ensign (CR) November 2014

Not only does the Atonement of Jesus Christ overcome the effects of the Fall of Adam and make possible the remission of our individual sins and transgressions, but His Atonement also enables us to do good and become better in ways that stretch far beyond our mortal capacities. Most of us know that when we do things wrong and need help to overcome the effects of sin in our lives, the Savior has made it possible for us to become clean through His redeeming power. But do we also understand that the Atonement is for faithful men and women who are obedient, worthy, and conscientious and who are striving to become better and serve more faithfully? I wonder if we fail to fully acknowledge this strengthening aspect of the Atonement in our lives and mistakenly believe we must carry our load all alone—through sheer grit, willpower, and discipline and with our obviously limited capacities. - David A. Bednar, “Bear Up Their Burdens with Ease,” Ensign (CR) April 2014

My beloved brothers and sisters, today is Easter Sunday. Although we should always remember (we promise in our weekly sacramental prayers that we will), nevertheless this is the most sacred day of the year for special remembrance of brotherly hands and determined arms that reached into the abyss of death to save us from our fallings and our failings, from our sorrows and our sins. - Jeffrey R. Holland, “Where Justice, Love, and Mercy Meet,” Ensign (CR) April 2015

Think of it! When his body was taken from the cross and hastily placed in a borrowed tomb, he, the sinless Son of God, had already taken upon him not only the sins and temptations of every human soul who will repent, but all of our sickness and grief and pain of every kind. He suffered these afflictions as we suffer them, according to the flesh. He suffered them all. He did this to perfect his mercy and his ability to lift us above every earthly trial. - Howard W. Hunter, "He Is Risen," Ensign (CR), May 1988, p. 16

How can we ever repay the debt we owe to the Savior? He paid a debt He did not owe to free us from a debt we can never pay. Because of Him, we will live forever. Because of His infinite Atonement, our sins can be swept away, allowing us to experience the greatest of all the gifts of God: eternal life. - Joseph B. Wirthlin, "Earthly Debts, Heavenly Debts," Ensign (CR), May 2004, p. 40

I believe that no matter how diligently you try, you cannot with your human mind fully comprehend the eternal significance of the Atonement nor fully understand how it was accomplished. We can only appreciate in the smallest measure what it cost the Savior in pain, anguish, and suffering or how difficult it was for our Father in Heaven to see His Son experience the incomparable challenge of His Atonement. Even so, you should conscientiously study the Atonement to understand it as well as you can. You can learn what is needful to live His commandments, to enjoy peace and happiness in mortal life. You can qualify, with obedient family members, to live with Him and your Father in Heaven forever. - Richard G. Scott, "The Atonement Can Secure Your Peace and Happiness,” Ensign (CR) October 2006

The pleasing word of God invites us to use the power of the Atonement of Christ to apply it to ourselves and become reconciled with His will—and not with the will of the devil and the flesh—so we, through His grace, can be saved (see 2 Nephi 10:24–25). - Francisco J. Viñas, “The Pleasing Word of God,” Ensign (CR) November 2015

Our Savior experienced and suffered the fulness of all mortal challenges “according to the flesh” so He could know “according to the flesh” how to “succor [which means to give relief or aid to] his people according to their infirmities.” He therefore knows our struggles, our heartaches, our temptations, and our suffering, for He willingly experienced them all as an essential part of His Atonement. And because of this, His Atonement empowers Him to succor us—to give us the strength to bear it all. - Dallin H. Oaks, “Strengthened by the Atonement of Jesus Christ,” Ensign (CR) November 2015

I think it is understood by many that the great suffering of Jesus Christ came through the driving of nails in His hands and in His feet, and in being suspended upon a cross, until death mercifully released Him. That is not the case. As excruciating, as severe as was that punishment, coming from the driving of nails through His hands and through His feet, and being suspended, until relieved by death, yet still greater was the suffering which He endured in carrying the burden of the sins of the world—my sins, and your sins, and the sins of every living creature. This suffering came before He ever got to the cross, and it caused the blood to come forth from the pores of his body, so great was that anguish of His soul, the torment of His spirit that He was called upon to undergo. - Joseph Fielding Smith, "Conference Report," April 1944, Afternoon Meeting, p.50

If we truly understood the Atonement and the eternal value of each soul, we would seek out the wayward boy and girl and every other wayward child of God. We would help them to know of the love Christ has for them. We would do all that we can to help prepare them to receive the saving ordinances of the gospel. - M. Russell Ballard, "The Atonement and the Value of One Soul," Ensign (CR), May 2004, p.84

The gospel, the Church, and these wonderful semiannual gatherings are intended to give hope and inspiration. They are not intended to discourage you. Only the adversary, the enemy of us all, would try to convince us that the ideals outlined in general conference are depressing and unrealistic, that people don’t really improve, that no one really progresses. And why does Lucifer give that speech? Because he knows he can’t improve, he can’t progress, that worlds without end he will never have a bright tomorrow. He is a miserable man bound by eternal limitations, and he wants you to be miserable too. Well, don’t fall for that. With the gift of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and the strength of heaven to help us, we can improve, and the great thing about the gospel is we get credit for trying, even if we don’t always succeed. - Jeffrey R. Holland, "Tomorrow the Lord Will Do Wonders among You,” Ensign (CR) May 2016

We believe that the greatest story ever told in all the annals of history is the story of the atonement of Christ. The record of his resurrection and ascension, without which the atonement would not have been complete, is the climax to that story; and now, two thousand years after the event, it is still central and pivotal in all true Christian thought. -
Hugh B. Brown, “Conference Report, April 1958,” Third Day-Morning Meeting, p.107

Repentance, of necessity, is not easy. Things of eternal significance rarely are. But the result is worth it. As President Boyd K.Packer testified in his last address to the Seventy of the Church: “The thought is this: the Atonement leaves no tracks, no traces. What it fixes is fixed. …The Atonement leaves no traces, no tracks. It just heals, and what it heals stays healed.” – Allen D. Haynie, “Remembering in Whom We Have Trusted,” Ensign (CR) November 2015

I testify that the cleansing power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and the transformative power of the Holy Ghost can heal and rescue mankind. It is our privilege, our sacred duty, and our joy to heed the Savior’s call to follow Him with a willing mind and full purpose of heart. Let us “shake off the chains with which [we] are bound, and come forth out of obscurity, and arise from the dust.” – Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “Are You Sleeping through the Restoration?” Ensign (CR) May 2014

I believe that it is instructive to try to imagine what the Atonement required of both the Father and His willing Son. Three of the challenges the Savior faced were:
First, an enormous sense of responsibility, for He realized that except it be done perfectly, not one of His Father’s children could return to Him. …
Second, in His absolutely pure mind and heart, He had to personally feel the consequences of all that mankind would ever encounter, even the most depraved, despicable sins. …
Third, He had to endure the vicious attack of Satan’s hordes while physically and emotionally pressed to the limit. –
Richard G. Scott, “He Lives! All Glory to His Name!” Ensign (CR) May 2010

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