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Why do I need the Atonement of Jesus Christ?

The Atonement of Jesus Christ is central to God’s plan of salvation. Through His Atonement, Jesus Christ fulfilled His Father’s purpose by rescuing us from our fallen nature, redeeming us from physical death, satisfying the demands of justice, and cleansing us from our own sins on condition of repentance. Through the Atonement, the Savior also comforts us in our infirmities, gives us strength to accomplish things that we would not be able to do on our own, and gives us hope that we can return to live with God.

Ideas to Help Me Learn

Consider using one or more of the ideas below as you study the Atonement in Preach My Gospel.

Have you experienced the Atonement in your life?

Read “The Atonement” on pages 51–52 of Preach My Gospel, and ponder how the Savior has helped you overcome temptation and endure trials and challenges you have faced in your life. Study some of the scriptures listed in “Scripture Study” on page 52. Pray to strengthen your testimony that the Atonement of Jesus Christ is real and can purify you and give you strength during times of trial.

Understand the importance of repentance

Study the section titled “Repentance” in Preach My Gospel (62–63) and the scriptures at the end of the section. Record in your journal your personal feelings about repentance and the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Pray to Heavenly Father and ask if there are things He would have you repent of or improve about your life.

Strengthen your testimony of Jesus Christ

Ask a parent or leader in your ward or stake to share with you how he or she gained a testimony of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Then, after studying “Through Christ We Can Be Cleansed from Sin” on pages 60–61 of Preach My Gospel, write down your testimony. Read the scriptures in the boxes titled “Sin” and “Scripture Study” on page 61, and consider what these add to your understanding of the Atonement. With the guidance of the Spirit, look for opportunities to share your testimony with others whose faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement could be strengthened by it.

Help others learn about Jesus Christ

Read some of the scripture passages listed on pages 47–48 in Preach My Gospel under the heading “Helping Others Learn about Jesus Christ.” Mark or make note of passages that help you understand the need for the Atonement. Who do you know that might be blessed by learning the principles in the passages you marked? Consider writing a letter to that individual to share what you have learned and your feelings about the Atonement.

Develop a plan to teach others

Find out from a returned missionary or the full-time missionaries in your area what questions investigators often ask about the Atonement. Study the lesson plans found on pages 55–59 and 67–70 of Preach My Gospel. Role-play with your family or a friend how you might use these lesson plans, along with your own testimony, to teach someone about Jesus Christ and the Atonement. 

Study More

Isaiah 53:3–5; John 14:6; Philippians 4:13; Mosiah 3:7, 19; Alma 7:11–13; 33:22; Doctrine and Covenants 6:36; 19:16–19; 58:42–43 (Teachings about the Atonement)

Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “Point of Safe Return,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2007, 99–101

Boyd K. Packer, “The Atonement,” Ensign or Liahona, November 2012, 75–78

Jeffrey R. Holland, “Missionary Work and the Atonement,” Ensign, Mar. 2001, 8–15

David A. Bednar, “The Atonement and the Journey of MortalityEnsign, Apr. 2012, 40–47, or Liahona, Apr. 2012, 12–19

Come, Follow Me: “Why is Jesus Christ important in my life?” (Aaronic Priesthood or Young Women); “The Atonement of Jesus Christ” (Aaronic Priesthood, Young Women, or Sunday School)

Jesus Christ, The Divine Redeemer of the World,” Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith, Chapter 3

Atonement,” Bible Dictionary, or “Atonement,” Guide to the Scriptures

Jeffrey R. Holland, “None Were with Him” (4:25)

For God So Loved the World” (4:48), Bible Videos