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Quotes About the Atonement

"When we ponder His voluntary atonement, any sense of sacrifice on our part becomes completely overshadowed by a profound sense of gratitude for the privilege of serving Him."

Elder Russell M. Nelson, "The Atonement"  -   November 1996 Ensign

"...Pilate's hands were never dirtier than just after he had washed them."

Neal A. Maxwell,"Why Not Now?" Ensign, Nov. 1974, 12

"All of us benefit from the transcendent blessings of the Atonement and the Resurrection, through which the divine healing process can work in our lives.  The hurt can be replaced by the joy the Savior promised.  To the doubting Thomas, Jesus said, "Be not faithless, but believing."  Through faith and righteousness all of the inequities, injuries, and pains of this life can be fully compensated for and made right.  Blessings denied in this life will be fully recompensed in the eternities."

President James E. Faust,"Woman, Why Weepest Thou"  -  November 1996 Ensign

Elder Henry B. Eyring, of the Quorum of the Twelve,  told Ricks College Graduates, April 25, 1998, that when a person is obedient to Heavenly Father's plan and the commands of the Savior: "The Atonement can work in you to soften and change your heart.  Your desire to work hard and to do good increases."

"I testify that He is utterly incomparable in what He is, what He knows, what He has accomplished, and what He has experienced. Yet, movingly, He calls us His friends.… "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 they were borne by us. The very weight of our combined sins caused Him to descend below all.  We have never been, nor will we be, in depths such as He has known. Thus His atonement made perfect His empathy and His mercy and His capacity to succor us, for which we can be everlastingly grateful as He tutors us in our trials."

Neal A. Maxwell,  Even As I Am,  p. 116

"When we think of the great sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ and the sufferings he endured for us, we would be ingrates if we did not appreciate it so far as our power made it possible.  He suffered and died for us, yet if we do not repent, all his anguish and pain on our account are futile."

President Spencer W. Kimball   (L.D.S. Historical Calendar - 1999)

"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

"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. Link to audio of the talk here.

"Mortal experience points evermore to the Atonement of Jesus Christ as the central act of all human history.  The more I learn and experience, the more unselfish, stunning, and encompassing His Atonement becomes!"

Neal A. Maxwell , "From Whom All Blessings Flow"  -  (April 1997 General Conference)

"All our losses and sufferings will be made up to us in the resurrection."

Bruce R. McConkie  (Ensign, November 1976, p. 108) “The Dead Who Die in the Lord”

"Against the medals and monuments of centuries of men's fleeting victories stands the only monument necessary to mark the eternal triumph - an empty garden tomb."

Howard W. Hunter,"An Apostle's Witness of the Resurrection" -  ( Ensign, May 1986, page 15)

"The Savior's blood, His atonement, will save us, but only after we have done all we can to save ourselves by keeping His commandments."

Harold B. Lee, Stand Ye in Holy Places, p. 245-46 Quoted by Richard G. Scott, "Acquiring Spiritual Knowledge" - BYU Education Week, Aug. 17, 1993

"The Savior, as a member of the Godhead, knows each of us personally. . . . In the garden and on the cross, Jesus saw each of us and not only bore our sins, but also experienced our deepest feelings so that he would know how to comfort and strengthen us.

Merrill J. Bateman,"The Power to Heal from Within," Ensign, May 1995, 14

"I believe, to use an insurance phrase, we must pay the deductible. We must experience sorrow enough, suffering enough, guilt enough so we are conscious and appreciative of the heavier burden borne by the Savior."

J. Richard Clarke, “The Lord of Life,” Ensign, May 1993, 9

"The Atonement not only benefits the sinner but also benefits those sinned against--that is, the victims.  By forgiving 'those who trespass against us' (JST, Matt. 6:13) the Atonement brings a measure of peace and comfort to those who have been innocently victimized by the sins of others.  The basic source for the healing of the soul is the Atonement of Jesus Christ."

James E. Faust,"The Atonement: Our Greatest Hope," Ensign, Nov. 2001, 20

"For some reason, we think the Atonement of Christ applies only at the end of mortal life to redemption from the Fall, from spiritual death.  It is much more than that. It is an ever-present power to call upon in everyday life.  When we are racked or harrowed up or tormented by guilt or burdened with grief, He can heal us.  While we do not fully understand how the Atonement of Christ was made, we can experience 'the peace of God, which passeth all understanding' (Philip. 4:7) . . . .

"The Atonement has practical, personal, everyday value; apply it in your life.  It can be activated with so simple a beginning as prayer.  You will not thereafter be free from trouble and mistakes but can erase the guilt through repentance and be at peace."

Boyd K. Packer, "The Touch of the Master's Hand," Ensign,   May 2001, 23-24

"An understanding of the Atonement is of immediate and very practical value in everyday life."

Boyd K. Packer, "Washed Clean," Ensign, May 1997, 9

"Jesus not only took upon Him our sins to atone for them, but also our sicknesses and aching griefs (see Alma 7:11-12; Matt. 8:17). Hence, He knows personally all that we pass through and how to extend His perfect mercy--as well as how to succor us."

"Plow in Hope," Ensign, May 2001, 60

"We honor His birth. But without His death that birth would have been but one more birth. It was the redemption which He worked out in the Garden of Gethsemane and upon the cross of Calvary which made His gift immortal, universal, and everlasting.  His was a great Atonement for the sins of all mankind. He was the resurrection and the life, 'the firstfruits of them that slept' (1 Cor. 15:20).   Because of Him all men will be raised from the grave.... We love Him. We honor Him. We thank Him.  We worship Him.  He has done for each of us and for all mankind that which none other could have done.  God be thanked for the gift of His Beloved Son, our Savior, the Redeemer of the world, the Lamb without blemish who was offered as a sacrifice for all mankind." 

Gordon B. Hinckley,"A Season for Gratitude," Ensign, Dec. 1997, p. 4

"The enabling and strengthening aspect of the Atonement helps us to see and to do and to become good in ways that we could never recognize or accomplish with our limited mortal capacity."

Elder David A. Bednar - Ensign, Nov. 2004, 77

Topic: Improved Behavior
"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