Speeches by Topic Topics | Atonement
As declared by Joseph Smith, the Atonement of the Savior Jesus Christ is the fundamental doctrine for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints upon which all other principles are founded. We believe in the testimonies of the Atonement foreshadowed in the Old Testament, offered in the New Testament, and echoed in the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price, as well as by every latter-day prophet and apostle. These teachings, whether written or spoken, testify that Jesus Christ suffered for the sins and afflictions of the world, gave up His life on the cross, and then took it up again in the Resurrection.
The blessings of the Atonement are innumerable. Because of Jesus Christ, we can be forgiven of our sins and prepare to return to our Father in Heaven. We know that death is not permanent and each of us will one day receive a perfected and glorified body, enabling us to live forever with those we love. However, the blessings of the Atonement are not limited to life after death. Here and now, the Atonement offers us the peace, hope, and confidence we need to endure trials, make our lives meaningful, and become more like the Savior.
These discourses given at BYU devotionals offer added doctrinal depth, gleaned through years of academic and spiritual study, to our understanding of this matchless gift. They also provide powerful testimonies of the reality of Jesus Christ and His Atonement to shore up our faith and give us strength. Finally, they give us practical examples and counsel for applying the Atonement in our lives. As you read, listen to, or watch these devotional addresses, your relationship with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ will be strengthened and you will better understand the infinite worth you have.