Prepare Yourself Spiritually
The Atonement is the sacrifice made by Jesus Christ to aid us in our struggle against sin, hardship, and death.During his time in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross at Calvary, Jesus offered up his atoning sacrifice.He bore the penalty for our crimes, died on the cross, and was raised from the dead.The Atonement is the ultimate manifestation of Heavenly Father’s and Jesus Christ’s love for one another.
Resources to Help You Prepare
- Please use this list of resources to assist you in planning for the ″Learn together″ portion of the meeting. Matthew 26–27
- Doctrine and Covenants 19:16–19 (Jesus Christ paid the price for our sins and bore our pains in Gethsemane and on the cross)
- Matthew 28:1–10 (Jesus Christ overcame death through His Resurrection)
- 2 Nephi 9:6–16 (Jesus Christ overcame sin and death through His Atonement)
- Russell M. Nelson, ″Drawing the Power of Jesus Christ into Our Lives,″ Ensign
- In addition to Carole M. Stephens’s ″The Master Healer,″ Ensign or Liahona published ″The Living Christ: The Testimony of the Apostles″ on the inside front cover in May 2017 (see also True to the Faith, 87–89)
- ″The Atonement of Jesus Christ,″ True to the Faith (2004), 14–21
- ″None Were with Him″ (video)
- ″Face to Face: What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ, and how can I receive (video)
Questions to Ponder before You Teach
How did you come to have a personal testimony of the Atonement?What ways has the Atonement proven to be a gift in your life so far?What do the young men think they know about the Atonement, and why?What can they learn about the Atonement from the scriptures, and what can they learn from one another about the Atonement?
What are the best ways for them to express their appreciation for the Atonement?What can the young guys do to prepare for their upcoming education?To illustrate this, they may listen to a presentation, view a video, or read a scripture that is connected to this belief.
1. Counsel Together and Share Experiences
- Approximately 5–10 minutes in length, led by a member of the quorum presidency. Organize a debate about topics such as the ones listed below: Our quorum is as follows: Who is not present today? What kind of visits do we have to make? In order to organize a future activity, we need to know who to invite. Who is in need of our assistance and prayers?
- Our responsibilities are as follows: What kind of assignments do we have to complete? What responsibilities have we completed thus far? What has been our strategy for inviting others to follow Jesus? What strategies can we use to invite people now?
- Our daily routines: Remind the quorum of the debate that took place at the last meeting. What kind of experiences have we had with putting what we’ve learnt into practice? Were there any encounters we experienced in the last few weeks that helped us to build our testimony about the gospel?
If at all feasible, have a quorum presidency meeting to discuss these topics in advance.
2. Learn Together
- Approximately 25–35 minutes in length, led by a leader or instructor or a member of the quorum Following your study of the resources listed above and following the promptings of the Spirit, you may choose one or more of the exercises listed below to assist quorum members in understanding the doctrine. Invite the young men to listen to President Russell M. Nelson’s presentation, ″Drawing the Power of Jesus Christ into Our Lives,″ and to look for passages that mention things the Savior said or did in his lifetime. So, what can we take away from these texts about the Savior? What advice did President Nelson offer us to assist us in drawing the power of the Savior into our lives? Invite the young men to consider how they may respond to the challenge that President Nelson issued to the Church’s young adults. Inviting the young men to make a commitment to the activities they chose is a good idea. Make plans for a future time when they will be able to share their experiences with learning about Jesus Christ.
- Examine Matthew 26–28 for scriptural references and ask the young men to match an incident that occurred during the Savior’s last few hours of life with the scripture references (such as the suffering in Gethsemane, the betrayal, the trials of Christ, the Crucifixion, and the Resurrection
- for depictions of these events, go to biblevideos.ChurchofJesusChrist.org or the Gospel Art Book). What lessons do the young men take away from these experiences concerning the Savior and His Atonement? Obtain permission from several members of the quorum to express their sentiments about what the Savior has done for them.
- Discuss what the young men take away from the Savior’s final remarks on the cross (see Luke 23:34–39, 46
- John 19:26–30) or His description of His suffering (see Doctrine and Covenants 19:16–19) about Him and the Atonement.
- Invite the young men to read 2 Nephi 9:6–16 or to view one or more of the films included in this outline and pay attention to what they learn about the need for the Atonement of Jesus Christ as a result of their experiences. Allow time for a number of young men to speak on the passages they chose and the lessons they learned from them. As an assignment, have them write a letter to a friend or family member who does not believe in God, using these passages to explain why the Atonement is so vital and why we need a Savior. Instruct them to exchange their letters with one another.
- Invite a few of the young men to read from Alma 7:11–13 or from Sister Carole M. Stephens’s lecture ″The Master Healer,″ which is available online. Inviting them to share what they have learned about how the Savior may benefit their lives through His Atonement is a good way to start. The Atonement’s power can be of assistance to us in other ways than just paying the payment for our sins. To begin, ask the young men to relate a story from the scriptures or from their own life in which someone acquired strength or healing as a result of the Atonement.
3. Plan to Act
- Approximately 5–10 minutes in length, led by a member of the quorum presidency. Inquire with the young guys about any sentiments or impressions they may have had throughout the meeting. What did they consider to be significant? Does anybody know of anything they can do, either individually or as a group, to put what they have learnt into practice?
- Allow the young guys a few minutes to write down what they want to do in the following weeks to follow through on their perceptions of the situation. Inviting them to share their thoughts is a good idea.
- Remember to remind the young guys that they will have the opportunity to discuss their personal experiences at the start of the next meeting.
What is the Atonement?
When the Bible speaks of atonement, it refers to the act of paying the price for one’s sins, so relieving the repentant sinner of the consequences of his or her actions and allowing him or her to be reconciled with God.Only Jesus Christ was capable of performing the Atonement on behalf of the whole human race, and no one else could do so.Everyone will be raised to life as a result of His sacrifice, and those who obey His gospel will receive the gift of eternal life with God.All people, as descendants of Adam and Eve, are subject to the consequences of the Fall.
We are vulnerable to conflict and temptation because of our fallen status.When we give in to temptation, we become estranged from God, and if we persist in sin, we experience spiritual death, which is defined as being divorced from God’s presence.In Alma 42:6–9, it is said that we are all liable to temporal death, which is defined as the death of the physical body (see also Doctrine and Covenants 29:41–42).There is no other way for us to be rescued other than for someone else to save us.To meet the demands of justice, we require someone who will stand in our place and bear the weight of the Fall while also making restitution for our transgressions.Jesus Christ has always been the only one who has been able to make such a supreme offering.
- Because of His sacrifice, we have been assured of ″peace in this world, as well as eternal life in the world to come″ since before the foundation of the world (Doctrine and Covenants 59:23).
- Only He has the ability to lay down His life and pick it back up again.
- His mortal mother, Mary, gave Him the power to die, which He inherited.
- He got the ability to triumph over death from His immortal Father, who is also immortal.
″As the Father has life in himself, so has he given to the Son the ability to have life in himself,″ he asserted (John 5:26).Only He has the ability to save us from our sins.This authority was given to Him by God the Father (see Helaman 5:11).
- The Savior was able to obtain this power and complete the Atonement because He maintained a sinless lifestyle: ″He underwent temptations but paid no regard to them″ (Hebrews 4:15).
- (Doctrine and Covenants 20:22).
- He was exempt from the demands of justice because he had lived a flawless and blameless life.
The fact that He possessed the power of redemption, and that He owed no obligation to justice, enabled him to pay the debt on behalf of all who repent.During his time in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross at Calvary, Jesus offered up his atoning sacrifice.When Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsamane, he surrendered his will to God the Father and began to bear the sins of all humanity upon Himself.He has revealed part of what He went through while paying the price for our sins: ″I, God, have endured these things for all, that they may not suffer if they would repent;″ ″I, God, have suffered these things for everyone, that they might not suffer if they would repent;″ They will suffer, however, just as I did: ″Which suffering caused myself, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, to bleed at every pore, to suffer both body and spirit—and would that I might not drink the bitter cup, and shrink—″Nevertheless, glory be to the Father, for I partook and completed my preparations unto the children of men″ (Doctrine and Covenants 19:16–19; see also Luke 22:44; Mosiah When the Savior permitted Himself to be crucified, He continued to suffer for our sins, as He was ″lifted up upon the cross and slaughtered for the sins of the world″ (1 Nephi 11:33).He permitted Himself to be crucified on the cross.In the following days, Jesus’ corpse was placed in a tomb until He was raised and declared to be ″the firstfruits of those who slept″ (1 Corinthians 15:20).
He defeated bodily death for all of us as a result of His death and resurrection on the cross.All persons are redeemed by Jesus Christ from the consequences of the Fall.2 Nephi 2:5–10; Helaman 14:15–17: All people who have ever lived on the earth, as well as all individuals who will ever live on the world, shall be revived and brought back into the face of God to be judged.The gift of immortality will be given to all of us via the Savior’s gift of mercy and redeeming grace, and we shall live forever in glorified, resurrected bodies as a result.Despite the fact that we have been redeemed unconditionally from the universal consequences of the Fall, we are nevertheless responsible for our personal sins.However, if we ″apply the atoning blood of Christ″ to our sins, we will be pardoned and cleansed from their stain (Mosiah 4:2).
- Exercise our trust in Jesus Christ, repent, be baptized for the remission of our sins, and accept the gift of the Holy Ghost are all requirements for salvation.
- Take Notes on Your Observations
- Jesus Christ, the Cross, Physical Death, Spiritual Death, the Resurrection, and Salvation are some of the concepts that come to mind.
- The Book of Isaiah, Chapter 53, verses 6 and 13 of John the Baptist, Romans 5:11, 1 Corinthians 15:20–22, Hebrews 4:14–16, and John the Baptist, verses 7. The Book of Mormon, verses 10 and 6, 2 Nephi 2:6–9, 2 Nephi 25:23–26, Mosiah 3:1–19, Alma 22:14, 3 Nephi 27:13–22, Moroni 10:32–33, and Doctrine and Covenants
Scripture Study Resources
- A topical guide titled ″Jesus Christ, Atonement through″
- a Bible dictionary titled ″Atonement″ and ″Atonement, Day of″
- a guide to the Scriptures titled ″Atone, Atonement″
- and a Bible dictionary titled ″Atonement″
- A list of all the triple combinations that begin with ″Jesus Christ, Atonement through″
Messages from Church Leaders
- Temple Blessings Preparation
- The Atonement and Faith President Dallin H. Oaks
- Tomorrow the Lord Will Work Miracles Among You Elder Dallin H. Oaks Jeffrey R. Holland, et al.
- The Atonement of Jesus Christ, according to the Elder In addition to Jeffrey R. Holland, Tad R. Callister and Elder Neal A. Maxwell also speak on the Great and Glorious Atonement, the Purifying Power of Gethsemane, and the Atonement of Jesus Christ, among other topics.
Tabernacle Choir Videos
″Come unto me, says the Lord.″ ″I’m completely taken aback.″ ″O Divine Redeemer,″ the psalmist says.
″Repentance,″ for the sake of the youth’s strength
″Christ’s Atonement Is Proof of God’s Love,″ says the author.February 2017 issue of the Ensign Jonathan Taylor’s book, ″The True Miracle of Healing,″ is available online.February 2017 issue of the Ensign ″Finding Peace in Imperfection,″ by Elizabeth Lloyd Lund, is available online.February 2017 issue of the Ensign ″Scarlet, Crimson, Snow, and Wool,″ says the author.
December 2016 issue of the Ensign
- ″The Atonement″ is a play on atonement. Chapter 12 of Gospel Principles is titled ″Repentance.″ Chapter 19 of Gospel Principles
- February 11–17, John 2–4
- ‘Come, Follow Me’ is a devotional for individuals and families based on the New Testament readings for March 11–17 (Matthew 10–12
- Mark 2
- Luke 7–17). Come, Follow Me—New Testament for Individuals and Families in 2019
- Easter week is April 15–21. Come, Follow Me—New Testament for Individuals and Families in 2019
- Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families: New Testament 2019
- May 6–12: Luke 12–17
- John 11 Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families: New Testament 2019
- June 17–23: Matthew 27
- Mark 15
- Luke 23
- John 19 Come, Follow Me—New Testament for Individuals and Families in 2019
Teachings of Presidents of the Church
- ″Jesus Christ, the Divine Redeemer of the World″ (Jesus Christ, the Divine Redeemer of the World) ‘Accepting the Atonement of Jesus Christ’ is found in Joseph Smith’s Teachings of the Prophets, chapter 3
- ″Accepting the Atonement of Jesus Christ.″ Teachings of Church Presidents: Brigham Young, chapter 5
- ″Jesus Christ’s Infinite Atonement″ (The Infinite Atonement of Jesus Christ). ‘The Power of the Atonement for Us Personally,’ John Taylor’s Teachings of the Presidents of the Church, chapter 5
- ″The Power of the Atonement for Us Personally″ Teachings of Church Presidents: John Taylor, chapter 6
- ″The Atonement of Jesus Christ″ Teachings of Church Presidents: John Taylor, chapter 6
- ″The Atonement of Jesus Christ″ Teachings of Church Presidents: Wilford Woodruff, chapter 7
- ″Jesus Christ Redeems All Mankind from Temporal Death″ (Jesus Christ Redeems All Mankind from Temporal Death). President Joseph F. Smith, Teachings of the Prophets of the Church, chapter 10
- ″Jesus Christ Redeems the Repentant from Spiritual Death″ Chapter 11, ″Our Savior, Jesus Christ,″ in Teachings of Presidents of the Church by Joseph F. Smith. Teachings of Church Presidents: Joseph Fielding Smith, chapter 2
- ″The Lamb Slain from the Foundation of the World″ (The Lamb Slain from the Foundation of the World). President Harold B. Lee’s Teachings of the Church (Chapter 3)
- Harold B. Lee’s Teachings of the Church (Chapter 3)
- President Henry B. Eyring should not be delayed
- he should always be remembered as an elder. Gerrit W. Gong
- Elder C. Scott Grow’s Miracle of the Atonement
- Gerrit W. Gong’s The Miracle of the Atonement
- Keeping an eye out for the Prodigal Elder President James E. Faust
- Brent H. Nielson
- The Atonement: Our Greatest Hope President Brent H. Nielson
- June 10–16: Matthew 26
- Mark 14
- Luke 22
- John 18
- Come, Follow Me—For Primary: New Testament 2019
- Come, Follow Me—For Secondary: New Testament 2019
- June 17–23: Matthew 27
- Mark 15
- Luke 23
- John 19 Come, Follow Me—For Primary: New Testament 2019
- For Secondary: New Testament 2019
Stories and Activities for Teaching Children
Helping Children Learn About ″Atonement″ Lesson Resources
- The hymn ″Rock of Ages,″ Hymns, no. 111
- the hymn ″God Loved Us, So He Sent His Son,″ Hymns, no. 187
- the hymn ″I Stand All Amazed,″ Hymns, no. 193
- the hymn ″He Sent His Son,″ Children’s Songbook, 34
- the hymn ″To Think About Jesus,″ Children’s Songbook, 71
- the hymn ″The Third Article of Faith, Children’s Songbook
Assisting them in understanding the fact that individuals can repent because Jesus Christ died and atoned for their sins.
- Prepare to convey the story of Alma’s repentance by praying about it and studying Luke 22:39–46 and Mosiah 27.
- Remember to bring the word strips from lesson 10 (″Be sorry,″ ″Ask forgiveness,″ ″Right the wrong,″ ″Don’t repeat the wrong″) with you.
- Keep in mind that children under the age of eight are not yet accountable for their actions and do not need to repent of their sins. Encourage them to do the right thing at all times.
- Materials required are as follows:
- Preparing to share the story of Alma’s repentance begins with prayerfully studying Luke 22:39–46 and Mosiah 27.
- Remember to bring the word strips from lesson 10 (″Be sorry,″ ″Ask forgiveness,″ ″Right the wrong,″ ″Don’t repeat the wrong″) with you
- Keep in mind that children under the age of eight are not yet accountable for their actions and do not require repentance. Encourage them to do the right thing at all times
- Materials that will be used are as follows:
Prepare for any enrichment activities that you intend to use by making the required arrangements.
Suggested Lesson Development
A youngster should be invited to say the opening prayer. If you encouraged the children to participate in something over the week, follow up with them.
People Can Repent of Wrong Choices
Jesus Christ Atoned for Our Sins
Alma the Younger Repented
Inform the youngsters that, as a result of Jesus Christ’s love and atonement, individuals may repent when they do something wrong, and both Heavenly Father and Jesus will accept their repentance and forgiveness.Make the point that it is much preferable not to do incorrect things in order to avoid the need to repent.However, when we sin, we have the opportunity to repent and become clean and pure.If we sincerely repent, Jesus says that he will not even remember the bad things we have done in the past (see D&C 58:42).
Take your time choosing from the list of suggested activities which ones are most appropriate for your children. Whether you use them in the class itself or as a review or recap, they are flexible. Additional information may be found under ″Class Time″ in the section titled ″Helps for the Teacher.″
- Make it a point to help your older children learn the third article of religion. With the youngest children, go through this article of faith one again. Provide the youngsters with an explanation of any terms or concepts that they do not grasp.
- Write the verse from the Doctrine and Covenants (19:16) on the whiteboard and have the older members of the class recite it aloud. Explain that the term ″God″ refers to Jesus Christ in this text. Instruct the youngsters to provide an explanation of the poem in their own words. Explain that Heavenly Father loves us and desires for us to be reunited with him once more. But, before we may live with him, we must first repent of all of our faults and ask for forgiveness from the Lord. What was it in Jesus Christ that made him ready to suffer for each and every one of us? Why did Jesus Christ suffer and die for us? (Because he loves us.) How did Jesus Christ’s suffering benefit us? (Because Jesus suffered for our sins, we have the opportunity to repent and be forgiven.)
- Hand out a copy of the handout below along with a pencil to each kid who is able to read and write well. They should hear the message aloud. Toss a challenge to see who can figure out which letters belong in the blanks. Each of the first six blanks corresponds to one of the letters in the word repent, while the second nine blanks correspond to the letters in the term Atonement. Fill in the blanks with the help of the youngsters. As a challenge, send the letter home with the children, have them read it to their parents, and then explain what they learned in Primary. Finish the activity by reading the message aloud as a class to bring it to a close.
- Learn to sing or speak the words of ″Dare to Do Right,″ which may be found on page 158 of the Children’s Songbook
- the lyrics are supplied at the end of this booklet.
Both portions of the teaching materials for this doctrinal mastery topic are included in the teaching materials package.Students will learn about the Atonement of Jesus Christ, trust in Jesus Christ, and repentance in Part 1 of the Doctrinal Mastery Core Document, which is found in paragraphs 3.1–3.10 of the Doctrinal Mastery Core Document.They will also examine Isaiah 1:18, which is a text of theological mastery.To be clear, you may teach the parts of this lesson in a single class session, or you might spread them out across a number of classes sessions, splitting class time between Doctrinal Mastery and a standard sequential scripture study.
You may find that you need to briefly review with students what they learned in prior segments before teaching a new segment if you want to teach the segments over the course of multiple class sessions.
Suggestions for Teaching
Understanding the Doctrine
Segment 1 (15 minutes)
Students should be divided into groups of two or three, and each student should be given a copy of the accompanying handout.Using the handout, direct students to open their copies of the Doctrinal Mastery Core Text for subject 3, ″The Atonement of Jesus Christ,″ and work in groups to discover and highlight words or phrases in the document that answer each of the questions on the handout.After a period of time has passed, allow students to share with the rest of the class what they learned during their research.You might want to start by asking students if they have any questions regarding what they’ve been studying, and then go over the answers together.
Segment 2 (5 minutes)
Enlist the help of one or more students to read aloud the final sentence of paragraph 3.3 of the Doctrinal Mastery Core Document.Instruct the class to follow along, seeking for blessings that have been accessible to us as a result of Jesus Christ’s Atonement.Report that Jesus Christ’s atoning sacrifice offered the sole means by which we may be cleaned and forgiven of our sins, allowing us to live in God’s presence for all eternity.Instruct students to consider noting this remark in their copy of the Doctrinal Mastery Core Document, which should be shown on the board.
Displaying the following statement and inviting a student to read it aloud will assist pupils in understanding this important statement of doctrine.Toss the class a copy of the script and ask them to follow through, looking for reasons why we need Jesus Christ’s atoning sacrifice in order to return to Heavenly Father and dwell with him forever.″All people, as offspring of Adam and Eve, are heirs to the consequences of the Fall.″ We are vulnerable to conflict and temptation because of our fallen status.When we give in to temptation, we become estranged from God, and if we persist in sin, we experience spiritual death, which is defined as being divorced from God’s presence.We are all liable to temporal death, which is defined as the death of the physical body (see Alma 42:6–9; D&C 29:41–42), which occurs when the physical body dies.In order for us to be saved, we must first be rescued by another individual.
- To meet the demands of justice, we require someone who will stand in our place and bear the weight of the Fall while also making restitution for our transgressions.
- As far as we know, Jesus Christ is the only one who has ever been capable of making such a sacrifice″ (″The Atonement of Jesus Christ,″ Gospel Topics, topics.lds.org).
- This statement explains why Jesus Christ’s atoning sacrifice is required in order for us to be re-united with Heavenly Father and dwell with Him forever.
Segment 3 (15 minutes)
Invite kids to read Isaiah 1:18 aloud to them.Explain how this doctrinal mastery text contributes to the teaching of the central statement of doctrine that Jesus Christ’s atoning sacrifice provided the only means for us to be washed and forgiven of our sins in order to be able to dwell in God’s presence for all eternity.Encourage pupils to consider marking this paragraph in a distinguishing manner so that they can find it readily in the future.Explain to students that during Isaiah’s time, the Israelites engaged in some righteous behaviors, such as offering sacrifices at the temple and celebrating sacred feasts such as the Passover, but they also engaged in many wicked practices (see Isaiah 1:5–15) to help them understand the context of this passage.
The Lord, speaking through the prophet Isaiah, called on these people to repent of their sins.Isaiah 1:18 is a passage that you may have a pupil read aloud.Ask the students to follow along with you, looking for the symbols that the Lord used to depict the people’s faults as they go.What types of symbols did the Lord employ to describe the sins of the people?
Display the following photos to aid pupils in understanding the significance of red and crimson utilized in this verse: Inform readers that ″in Isaiah 1:18, the terms scarlet and crimson allude to brilliant red hues that may be obtained via the use of particular dyes″ (″Scarlet, Crimson, Snow, and Wool,″ New Era, Feb.2016, 8).When a dye is put to a piece of cloth, the color will often ″stick to the material and neither fade or wash away″ as described in ″Scarlet,″ chapter 8.Is it because of their color that you believe scarlet and red are indicative of sin?
(For example, our crimes may lead our souls to become filthy or tainted, and our sins may be brilliant or evident to God, even though we try to conceal them.)
- Point out that many individuals believe that their crimes are permanent, similar to dye that does not wash or fade away, and that they are too terrible to be forgiven. While this may be true in the case of coloured fabric, it is not true in the case of sin. In order to assist pupils in understanding the symbolism of snow and wool as utilized in Isaiah 1:18, the following images should be displayed: What are some of the ways that snow and wool are appropriate representations of what will happen to our sins if we repent? (Some probable explanations include the fact that both snow and wool are white, which symbolizes purity
- that snow comes from above, just as forgiveness does
- and that wool comes from sheep, which corresponds to the Savior’s role as the sacrificial Lamb of God, as described in the Scriptures.)
- Listed below are some of the reasons why people may be hesitant to repent or believe they are unable to repent of their misdeeds. For example, people may not be aware of the gravity of their conduct, believe that their crimes are so bad that God will not forgive them, be ashamed of themselves, have attempted to repent previously but have fallen into the same transgression repeatedly.
- Understanding the concepts and symbols given in Isaiah 1:18 might be beneficial to someone who is experiencing one of these difficulties.
Segment 4 (10 minutes)
- Display the following remark from Sister Carol F. McConkie, a former First Counselor in the Young Women’s General Presidency of the United Methodist Church. Request that a pupil do a reading of it aloud. As you go through this process, ask the rest of the class to join you in seeking for what we must do in order to be cleaned by the Savior’s atoning sacrifice. ″Our hope for holiness is rooted in Christ, in His love and grace, and in His atonement for sin. When we divest ourselves of ungodliness and honestly repent, we might become pure and without blemish as a result of our faith in Jesus Christ and His atoning work. Our sins are washed away when we are baptized in the water. When we receive the Holy Ghost with an open heart, we are sanctifying our souls and making them holy. We participate in the sacrament of the ordinance of the sacrament once a week. Taking on the name of Christ, remembering Him, and keeping His commandments With a spirit of repentance and true desire for righteousness, we covenant that we are willing to take on the name of Christ, remember Him, and fulfill His commandments so that we may always have His Spirit with us. We become partakers of the divine essence of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost as we seek to become one with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost through time, according to Carol F. McConkie’s ″The Beauty of Holiness,″ Ensign or Liahona, May 2017, 10. What, according to Sister McConkie, must we do in order to be cleaned as a result of the Savior’s atonement sacrifice? (Consider putting down the replies from kids on the board.) • In what ways do these things assist us in being cleansed of our sins and being deserving of eternal life in God’s presence?
- Inviting students to reflect on how they have personally experienced the purifying power of the Savior and the Atonement is a good idea. Prove Jesus Christ’s power to cleanse and forgive us so that we might be eligible to return to the presence of our heavenly Father by sharing your testimony with us. Educate students on the need of consistently striving to welcome the Savior’s purifying power into their lives through repentance, worthy partaking of the sacrament, and fulfilling their vows with the Lord and Savior. Previous
Lesson 47: The Atonement of Jesus Christ (Part 2)
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Prepare to Learn
Prepare your mind and heart to receive instruction from the Holy Spirit.Through serious study, thought, and prayer, diligently seek knowledge and wisdom.Then you should pay attention to the impulses you receive from the Spirit.Start your study session with a prayer.
You may be experiencing troubles in your life.How do you respond?Listen to Elder Quentin L.Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles tell of the Atonement of Jesus Christ in his testimony of the gospel.What role does Jesus Christ have in our lives while we are going through difficult times?
Acquiring Spiritual Knowledge
Let’s go through the following concepts that are included in the section on ″Acquiring Spiritual Knowledge″ of the Doctrinal Mastery Core Document that I mentioned earlier:
- Faithfully carry out your responsibilities. Examine concepts and problems from an everlasting viewpoint.
- Further enlightenment should be sought via divinely ordained sources.
In order to assist you with the next practice activity, you may wish to go over these ideas from the Doctrinal Mastery Core Document again.
- After reading through the following scenario, think about how you would respond to the questions that follow: You’ve noticed that your pal Josh has been acting unusually dejected in recent weeks. Every time you inquire as to what is wrong with him, he reacts by stating that he does not wish to discuss it further. It takes many weeks for him to reveal that the reason for his recent depressive episodes is that he has been feeling guilty for some of the sins that he has done during his life, which he has never admitted to. Josh confesses to you that he has attempted to repent in the past, but that he has found himself suffering with the same sins again and time again. It is he who informs you that he has given up on repenting and has begun to perpetrate even more heinous crimes against you. When you ask Josh about his misdeeds, he says, ″The sins I have committed are so terrible that God would never welcome me back.″ His forgiveness is something I don’t believe He will ever grant me.″ What are some ways in which you could encourage Josh to act on his faith in order to assist him in overcoming his feelings of guilt?
- What are some of the things you know about Heavenly Father’s plan of salvation that you could share with Josh to help him see things differently?
“The Reach of Divine Love”
Consider the following statements by living prophets.How could these statements help Josh?You may want to copy these statements into your Notes on LDS.org or into a study journal.Elder Jeffrey R.
Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles explained why we should never give up in this life.Elder Jeffrey R.Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles explained why we should never give up in this life.You can read the text for this video here: Jeffrey R.Holland, “The Laborers in the Vineyard,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2012, 33.“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 or Liahona, May 2012, 33).
Striving to Repent
Why should we not be disheartened as we seek to repent of our faults on a regular basis?Why should we not give up?Examine the following statement from Quorum of the Twelve Apostles Elder Neil L.Andersen.
Why should we be disheartened in our efforts to repent of our sins on a consistent basis?Examine the following statement from Quorum of the Twelve Apostles Elder Neil L.Andersen.You can read the transcript for this video by clicking on the following link: ‘Repent…That I May Heal You,’ by Neil L.Andersen, published in Ensign or Liahona, November 2009, 41.
- ″There are times when we find ourselves continuously fighting with the same obstacles in our repentance and daily attempts to become more Christlike.
- As if we were ascending a mountain covered with trees, we may not see our progress until we are closer to the summit and can see it from the high ridges.
- Don’t let this get you down.
- As Neil L.
Andersen writes in ″Repent…That I May Heal You,″ published in Ensign or Liahona, November 2009, 41, ″If you are struggling and working to repent, you are in the process of repenting.″
“One Step at a Time”
Take, for example, these statements from President Dieter F.Uchtdorf, who served before in the First Presidency.What, according to President Uchtdorf, should be our ultimate objective in life?Take, for example, these statements from President Dieter F.
Uchtdorf, who served before in the First Presidency.What, according to President Uchtdorf, should be our ultimate objective in life?You can read the transcript for this video by clicking on the following link: Dieter F.Uchtdorf’s ″Four Titles″ appeared in Ensign or Liahona, May 2013, issue number 58.The sight of a youngster learning to walk is familiar to us all.He takes a tentative stride and teeters on his toes.
- He had a fall.
- Do we chastise someone for making such an attempt?
- Without a doubt, this is not the case.
- What kind of father would scold his baby for stumbling around?
When a child makes even a modest step toward being more like his parents, we encourage, congratulate, and praise him because he is becoming more and more like his parents.However, our loving Heavenly Father desires for us to grow more like Him, and…this should be our ultimate objective as well in this life.
- In ″Four Titles,″ by Dieter F.
- Uchtdorf (Ensign or Liahona, May 2013, 58), he explains that ″God realizes that we do not get there in a second, but rather by taking one step at a time.″
“Who We Are Becoming”
- Why should we continue to strive to improve ourselves?
- Consider the following comment made by Elder Dale G.
- Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, which you may read here.
- Why should we continue to strive to improve ourselves?
- Consider the following comment made by Elder Dale G.
- Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, which you may read here.
- You can read the transcript for this video by clicking on the following link: ″Latter-day Saints Keep on Trying,″ Ensign or Liahona, May 2015, 56.
- Dale G.
- Renlund, ″Latter-day Saints Keep on Trying.″ ″God is far more concerned with who we are now and who we are becoming than he is with who we were in the past.
- ″He is concerned that we continue to attempt,″ writes Dale G.
- Renlund in ″Latter-day Saints Continue to Attempt,″ Ensign or Liahona, May 2015, 56.
- 1. Please complete one of the following tasks: List the words or phrases from these comments that you believe might be of assistance to Josh and explain why you believe they are so.
- Find at least one verse or phrase that you believe will benefit Josh and share it with him.
Providing a Covering
- Using an umbrella, you may protect yourself from the rain or sunlight. What is the relationship between an umbrella and the Atonement of Jesus Christ? In the words of President Russell M. Nelson, ″the fundamental term for atonement in Hebrew is kaphar, a verb that meaning ‘to cover’ or ‘to forgive’″ (″The Atonement,″ Ensign, November 1996, 34). Consider the following questions: What can the Savior provide as compensation for His atoning sacrifice?
- Why is Jesus Christ able to do such miracles?
Understanding the Savior’s Atoning Sacrifice
Search through Chapter 3, Paragraph 3.4 of the Doctrinal Mastery Core Document for a description of what the Savior went through throughout His atoning sacrifice. Is there anything more that the Savior went through as part of His atoning sacrifice, other than suffering for our transgressions?
Finding Healing, Strength, and Comfort
- The following significant statement of doctrine is found in paragraph 3.4 of the Doctrinal Mastery Core Document, and you may wish to highlight it in your copy: He not only suffered for our sins, but He also took on Himself the sufferings, temptations, illnesses, and infirmities that befell the entire human race as part of His Atonement.
- By taking on all of our sins, sufferings, temptations, illnesses, and infirmities, Jesus Christ not only felt and experienced them all, but He also made them His own.
- The Savior may also heal, strengthen, and comfort us as a result of His Atonement, so assisting us in overcoming those difficulties.
- How does this essential statement of teaching come to be taught through an Old Testament doctrinal mastery passage?
Doctrinal Mastery Passage: Isaiah 53:3–5
- As you read, turn to Isaiah 53:3–5, and consider marking this chapter in a way that will help you remember where you are in the text more readily. The book of Isaiah 53 contains a prophesy provided by the prophet Isaiah concerning the Savior and His atoning death. Answer the following questions based on your reading of Isaiah 53:3–5. When was Jesus ″despised and rejected by mankind. and acquainted with suffering″ throughout His human existence, and how did He cope with this experience?
- What impact do you believe that experiencing what He accomplished throughout His life and through His Atonement has had on the Savior’s perception and feelings toward us?
- Elder Neal A.
- Maxwell (1926–2004), a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, shared his understanding of what the Savior went through during His atoning sacrifice with the congregation.
- ‘Jesus’ full empathy was secured when, in conjunction with His Atonement for our sins, He took upon Himself our illnesses, sorrows, griefs, and infirmities and came to know them ‘according to the flesh,’ as recorded in Alma 7:11–12.’ He did this so that He may be filled with complete, personal pity and empathy and, as a result, be better able to assist us in our afflictions and difficulties.
- Consequently, he has a complete understanding of human sorrow.
- As the Book of Mormon states, ″Christ ‘descended below all things, in that He grasped all things’ (D&C 88:6).″ (7, in Neal A.
- Maxwell’s article ″Enduring Well,″ published in the Ensign in April 1997).
- All is it that the Savior is able to do as a result of what He has endured?
Understanding the Savior’s Mercy
- According to Elder Maxwell, the Savior ″knows how to succor us″ in our sorrows and infirmities, which indicates that He knows how to bring relief our assistance to us when we are suffering. 3. Select one of the following questions to answer: Can you think about how understanding that the Savior is ″filled with perfect, personal mercy and empathy″ can influence your relationship with Him?
- When have you had a sense that the Savior was empathizing with you or bringing relief from your own trials? It is requested that you refrain from sharing any experiences that are too holy or private.
Doctrinal Mastery Review
Take the following quiz and try to answer as many questions as you can in three minutes without referring to your Bible or any other source. Follow up with your scriptures or your Doctrinal Mastery Reference Guide if you didn’t know the answer to any of the questions you were given after three minutes.
Match the essential terms in the doctrinal mastery sections with their corresponding passages in the Bible.
- Proverbs 3:5–6
- Isaiah 5:20
- Moses 1:39
- Abraham 3:22–23
- Genesis 1:26–27
- Joshua 24:15
- Isaiah 1:18
- Isaiah 53:3–5
- Genesis 1:26–27
- Genesis 1:26–27
- Genesis 1:26–27
- Genesis 1:26–27
- Genesis 1:26–27
- Genesis 1:26–27
- Genesis 1:26–27
- Genesis 1:26–27
- Genesis 1:26–
- ″Put thy trust in the Lord with all thy heart., and He will guide thy paths,″ the Bible says. ″God created man in his own image,″ says the Bible. ″Woe to those who call evil good and good evil,″ the Bible says.
- If we repent, our sins will be ″as white as snow.″
- Jesus Christ bore ″our griefs″ and died in our place as a sacrifice for our sins.
- Abraham was ″selected before he was born.″
- God’s ″effort and. splendor to bring about the immortality and everlasting life of man″ are described in the Bible.
- ″Choose you this day whom you will serve,″ the Bible says.
Examine the numbers 1 through 8 in the following order: 1-a to 2-c to 3-g to 4-f to 5-b to 6-h to 7-d to 8-e.
March Young Women Lesson: What Is the Atonement of Jesus Christ?
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- Notes for Preparation This lesson deals with an essential subject matter, but it may get quite personal if individuals feel led to relate their griefs and sorrows, as well as their sins and how the Atonement assisted them in overcoming those sins.
- Instill in the students the importance of maintaining the confidences of their peers by refraining from disclosing any personal experiences that their classmates have shared outside of the classroom.
- Also, make it clear to the students that sharing personal tales is completely optional.
- The Doctrine should be introduced.
- This portion begins with a thinking exercise in which the students are asked how they would react if a friend inquires as to what the Atonement of Jesus Christ is all about.
- This is a fantastic start since the ability to articulate a concept assists in the comprehension of that principle in question.
- It’s also vital to understand how we utilize vocabulary that is different from our neighbors to convey comparable issues, which is especially crucial if you live in a mostly non-LDS neighborhood.
- This is also a crucial concept for them to grasp in order to better prepare them for missionary work in the coming years.
- Despite the fact that many other Christian denominations do not use the term ″Atonement,″ they nevertheless believe in its premise.
- Perhaps it would be beneficial to explain to them that other believers in Christ may refer to things such as ″suffering on the cross″ (also known as ″the Passion″), ″the favor of God,″ and other such terms to cover what we refer to as ″the Atonement.″ According to this quotation from Joseph Smith, the Atonement is of paramount importance to our religious beliefs.
- All other things that belong to our religion are only appendices to the essential principles of our religion, which are the witness of the Apostles and Prophets concerning Jesus Christ, which is that He died, was buried, and rose again on the third day, and ascended into heaven.
- (From the History of the Church, at 3:30.) When it comes to prophecy, the New Testament tells us that ″the witness of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.″ (See Revelation 19:10 for further information.) Anyone who has a witness of Jesus is considered to be a prophet, and the testimonies of class members concerning Jesus are included in these essential principles of our religious tradition.
- Together, we can learn.
As a follow-up to the learning exercises outlined in the lesson outline, it is essential to discuss why the Atonement is required.We live in a fallen world where sin, death, and suffering are all part of our daily lives.Because we are unable to rescue ourselves, Jesus came to do what we are unable to accomplish.The Atonement not only atones for our sins, but it also atones for the consequences of the crimes perpetrated against us by other people.Atonement was described poignantly by Chieko Okazaki in her novel Lighten Up, which was published in 2012.Notice that some of the information contained in this quote is geared toward adults.) It’s possible that you’ll want to clip off some of it for Beehives or Mia Maids, but it’s most likely acceptable in its whole for Laurels.
- ″In any case, my dear sisters, the gospel is the good news that may set us free from our sins.
- In Gethsemane, we know that Jesus experienced the fullness of mortal existence for the first time.
- The fact that he has witnessed everything—absolutely everything—is our belief.
- Sometimes we don’t consider all of the ramifications of a certain belief.
- We speak in broad terms about the crimes of the entire human race, and about the sorrow of the entire human family.
- Pain, on the other hand, is not something we experience in general.
It is something that we all experience separately.That implies he understands what it was like when your mother died of cancer—what it was like for your mother, and what it is like for you today.He understands what it’s like to be defeated in a student body election.He recalls the exact moment when the brakes became stuck and the vehicle began to slide.He had firsthand knowledge of the slave ship going from Ghana to Virginia.He has firsthand knowledge of the gas chambers at Dachau.
- In Vietnam, he was subjected to Napalm.
- He is well-versed in the areas of drug addiction and alcoholism.
- Allow me to elaborate.
There is nothing you have gone through as a woman that he does not also understand and acknowledge as his own experience.His understanding of your want to hold your baby is great, and he understands what it takes to keep you going during pregnancy.He knows both the physical discomfort of childbirth and the overwhelming joy that comes with it.
- He is aware of the symptoms of PMS, cramps, and menopause.
- He is aware of the issues of rape, infertility, and abortion, among other things.
- Among his last documented statements to his followers were ″And lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of time,″ which means ″even to the end of the world.″ (Matthew 28:20; Mark 12:20) It is not a problem for him to appreciate your mother’s distress when your five-year-old departs for school, when a bully picks on your fifth-grader, or when your daughter phones to tell you that the new baby was born with Down syndrome.
- He understands your mother-rage when a trusted babysitter sexually abuses your two-year-old, when someone offers drugs to your thirteen-year-old, and when someone seduces your seventeen-year-old, among other things.
- And he understands the agony of coming home to a quiet apartment where the only children are visitors, when you learn that your former husband and his new wife were sealed in the temple just a few days before your fiftieth wedding anniversary, and your husband has been dead for two years by the time your anniversary rolls around.
- He is well aware of everything.
- He’s been there before.
- He’s been a lot worse than all of this.
- He isn’t waiting for us to be flawless before moving on.
- People who are perfect do not require a Savior.
- He came to save his people despite their flaws and shortcomings.
- He is the Lord of the living, and the living make mistakes, thus he must be taken seriously.
- He’s not embarrassed by us, he’s not furious with us, and he’s not surprised by us.
He wants us in our brokenness, our sadness, our guilt, and our grief.He wants us to be with him.What We Are Learning Must Be Put Into Practice It might be appropriate here to include a discussion of the Sacrament in addition to the examples from the lesson outline.Every Sunday, we have the chance to physically absorb the Atonement and incorporate it into our lives by partaking of the bread in remembrance of Jesus’ body and drinking of the water in recollection of Jesus’ blood in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
- Whenever we partake of the sacrament, we are assimilating the amazing sacrifice of our Lord into the very depths of our hearts.
- Conclusion In the event that you are motivated to do so, share your testimony of the Atonement and/or encourage other members of the class to share their testimonies of the Atonement.
- Both portions of the teaching materials for this doctrinal mastery topic are included in the teaching materials package.
- During the second section, students will participate in a practice activity designed to help them better grasp what they learned in part 1.
- Along with this, they will examine paragraph 3.4 of the Doctrinal Mastery Core Document, which teaches that ″as part of His Atonement, Jesus Christ not only suffered for our sins, but He also took upon Himself the agony and affliction of all people (see Isaiah 53:3–5; Alma 7:11–13).″ Additionally, students will study the doctrinal mastery passage found in Isaiah 53:3–5, which will be used in conjunction with this fact.
- The class concludes with a cumulative review of doctrinal mastery skills and knowledge.
- Please keep in mind that you might teach the parts of this lesson in a single class session or over the course of multiple classes.
- You may find that you need to briefly review with students what they learned in prior segments before teaching a new segment if you want to teach the segments over the course of multiple class sessions.
Suggestions for Teaching
Practice Exercise (15 minutes)
- The following principles, which can be found in Section 3 of the Doctrinal Mastery Core Document’s ″Acquiring Spiritual Knowledge,″ should be discussed with students: act in faith; examine concepts and questions with an eternal perspective; seek further understanding through divinely appointed sources.
- Students should be divided into groups of two or three persons.
- Distribute the following handout to each of the groups.
- Instruct students to work in groups to answer the questions on the handout and to be prepared to present their findings to the rest of the class once they have completed their work.
- (Please keep in mind that you may wish to modify the following scenario to fit the experiences and requirements of your pupils, as well as to substitute Jose with a name that is more popular in your area.) After students have concluded their group discussions, ask them to share what they have learnt with the rest of the class.
Understanding the Doctrine
Segment 1 (8 minutes)
Bring an umbrella to class, or bring a photograph of an umbrella to class.’ What exactly is the function of an umbrella? In order to give protection or a covering from the rain or the sun.
- Make a chalk mark on the board with the word kaphar. Provide an explanation of how ″kaphar, a verb that meaning ″to cover″ or ″to forgive,″ is used as the foundational term for atonement in Hebrew.″ Russell M. Nelson’s ″The Atonement,″ published in Ensign magazine in November 1996, page 34. What can the Savior provide protection or shelter against as a result of His atoning sacrifice? (Put the replies of the pupils on the board.)
- Why is Jesus Christ able to do such miracles?
- Instruct students to look to paragraph 3.4 of the Doctrinal Mastery Core Document for further information on doctrine.
- Instruct a student to read the first sentence of this text aloud to the class.
- Instruct the students to follow along, seeking for evidence of what the Savior endured as part of His Atonement for their sins.
- Is there anything more that the Savior went through as part of His atoning sacrifice, other than suffering for our transgressions?
- (Invite students to consider noting the following crucial statement of theology on their worksheets: He not only suffered for our sins, but He also took on Himself the sufferings, temptations, illnesses and infirmities that befell the whole human race as part of His Atonement.)
- Inform them that, because Jesus Christ took upon Himself all of our sins, sufferings, temptations, diseases, and infirmities, He is able to supply us with forgiveness, healing, strength, and consolation in the midst of all of our trials and tribulations. When teaching this essential statement of truth, have students identify which Old Testament doctrinal mastery text they found most helpful. After students have responded, ask them to proceed to Isaiah 53:3–5 for more discussion. Explain to students that Isaiah 53 contains a prophesy revealed via Isaiah regarding the Savior and His atoning sacrifice in order to help them comprehend the context of this scripture. Invite a student to read Isaiah 53:3–5 aloud in front of the class. Toss the class a copy of Isaiah’s teachings and ask them to seek for any that speak of what the Savior will endure both during His life and as a result of His atoning sacrifice. Instruct pupils to write out what they discovered. Then ask them if they would consider marking this passage in a distinguishing manner so that they will be able to discover it more readily in the future. When was Jesus ″despised and rejected by men. and acquainted with pain″ (verse 3)?
- Describe what you believe Isaiah meant when he taught that the Savior ″hath bore our griefs, and carried our sorrows″ in verse 4
- how do you believe that having witnessed and experienced what He accomplished throughout His life and through His Atonement has influenced how the Savior views and feels about us?
Segment 2 (7 minutes)
- Exhibit the following comment made by Elder Neal A. Maxwell (1926–2004), a member of The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Inviting a pupil to recite the sentence aloud is an excellent idea. Instruct the class to follow along, keeping an eye out for what the Savior is able to accomplish as a result of the suffering He endured as a result of His atoning sacrifice. ‘Jesus’ full empathy was secured when, in conjunction with His Atonement for our sins, He took upon Himself our illnesses, sorrows, griefs, and infirmities and came to know them ‘according to the flesh,’ as recorded in Alma 7:11–12.’ He did this so that He may be filled with complete, personal pity and empathy and, as a result, be better able to assist us in our afflictions and difficulties. Consequently, he has a complete understanding of human sorrow. As the Book of Mormon states, ″Christ ‘descended below all things, in that He grasped all things’ (D&C 88:6).″ (7, in Neal A. Maxwell’s article ″Enduring Well,″ published in the Ensign in April 1997). Everything, according to Elder Maxwell, is Jesus Christ capable of accomplishing as a result of what He has endured? Note that, in addition to acknowledging students’ responses that refer to the Savior’s perfect mercy and empathy, it is also important to point out that the Savior is also able ″to succor us in our infirmities,″ which refers to His ability to provide relief or assistance to us while we are suffering.
- Do you see a difference in your connection with the Savior because you know that He is ″full with flawless, personal mercy and empathy″?
- To elicit responses from students, ask them to recall instances in which they thought that the Savior understood their pain or brought relief to them during personal hardships.
- Invite a few students to speak to the class about their own personal experiences (remind students that they should not share any experiences that are too sacred or private).
- Consider sharing a personal story from your own life.
- Demonstrate that, as a result of the agony He endured as a result of His atoning sacrifice, Jesus Christ has complete empathy for us and is able to support and console us through all of life’s challenges.
Doctrinal Mastery Cumulative Review (10 minutes)
- Distribute a copy of the following handout to each student. Students should be asked to connect the doctrinal mastery passages with the key words that correspond to them. To get them to match as many passages and phrases as they can in three minutes, don’t let them use their scriptures. After three minutes, consider allowing them two more minutes to consult their scriptures or their Doctrinal Mastery Reference Guide to check up any scriptures that they did not know the answer to during the previous three minutes. When the time is up, go through the proper replies as a class to ensure everyone understands them. Answers are as follows: (1) a, (2) c, (3) g, (4) f, (5) b, (6) h, (7) d, (8) e. Previous