The Atonement Archive

Ashley: A Testimony That the Book of Mormon Brings Us Closer to Jesus Christ

Ashley: A Testimony That the Book of Mormon Brings Us Closer to Jesus Christ

Ashley is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (inadvertently called the “Mormon Church” by friends of other faiths). Ashley testifies that the Book of Mormon (a book of scripture that is another testament of Jesus Christ, comparable to the Holy Bible) helped her nurture a relationship with Jesus Christ. She shares some versus from the Book of Mormon that explain about Jesus Christ’s suffering for us. Ashley is grateful for these versus that help her realize that Jesus Christ is her best friend. Read the rest of this entry »  Read More →

Easter in Mormonism

Easter in Mormonism

Easter is arguably the most holy day in Christianity. Ironically, the word Easter is never mentioned in the Old Testament and mentioned only once in the New Testament in the book of Acts 12:4.  (See online Bible.) The scriptural usage is not in reference to anything Christian, but in reference to the celebration of a Pagan holiday familiar to most people in the first century. The word is used simply as a marker of time indicating a time when Herod planned to free an imprisoned Peter. Notwithstanding, there has been an evolution over the centuries attributing the word Easter to Christianity.  Specifically, Easter refers to the atonement and resurrection of Christ after the crucifixion. From the Biblical perspective, the lead up to the crucifixion was connected with the Jewish observance of Passover.  The crucifixion was to be completed just prior to the Passover. Read the rest of this entry »  Read More →

What the Grace of Jesus Christ Does for Me

What the Grace of Jesus Christ Does for Me

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, sometimes mistakenly called the “Mormon Church.”  Everything about the Mormon faith is meant to lead us to Christ.  We seek to emulate Him, and we call upon His grace to make us more than we can be on our own. Five years ago today (Oct 28, 2007), I was in a serious car accident and had a severe brain injury. It immediately put me into a coma, and I was life-flighted to the hospital as a code blue patient. Probably because my brain miraculously stopped bleeding early on, I survived, physically and psychologically, i.e., I remained the same person. On Dec 3, 2007, I woke up in my hospital bed, thinking it was silly that I was in the hospital for no good reason, wondering if I had missed any classes. I had been a first year law student at Georgetown University. My family and caretakers wondered who I would be when I woke up, if I woke up; I wondered what was wrong. I’ve ended up... Read the rest of this entry »

Overcoming Our Barriers to Grace

Overcoming Our Barriers to Grace

Sometimes I just want my life to look like I’ve got everything under control.  I don’t necessarily have to really have everything under control, just the outward appearance that I’m organized, self-sufficient and always calm.  And lately, I’ve realized this is a recipe for disaster. I’m a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes mistakenly referred to as the Mormon Church).  As Mormons, we believe we should follow our Savior Jesus Christ in His teachings and principles as we strive to become more like Him.  Jesus Christ’s immaculate atonement provides the necessary resources (grace) to help us become clean, improve our lives and come back to Him. Read the rest of this entry »  Read More →

Jesus Christ: Understanding His Atonement

Jesus Christ: Understanding His Atonement

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (often called the Mormon Church) regard the Atonement of Jesus Christ as the most sacred event to occur in the history of the earth. Knowledge of two great truths is essential to understanding the Atonement of Jesus Christ. A person must realize that there was a fall of Adam; and that Jesus Christ was literally the son of God the Father in the spirit and flesh. Because of His great love for all mankind, He would do something for them that they could not do for themselves. He would come to this earth to atone for the transgressions of mankind and freely give His life and then break the bands of death through His own resurrection. Adam’s fall brought spiritual and temporal death into the world. Spiritual death is to be separated from  the presence of the Lord (2 Nephi 9:6) and to die as pertaining to things of righteousness, or in other words, things of the Spirit (Helaman 14:15-18). Temporal... Read the rest of this entry »

What Think Ye of Christ?

What Think Ye of Christ?

By Jan Mayer, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints .  As a “Mormon woman,” Jan is a graduate of BYU and mother of five children. She has written for numerous publications,  including The Denver Post, The Villager and NorthStar. I worked in a small office area with a woman who had great disdain for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (nicknamed “Mormons”). We had been briefly acquainted before she recommended me for a job. Although she knew I was a Mormon, she thought I had been deceived and that she could change my beliefs. When she learned that I was a devout Latter-day Saint (Mormon)—truly converted–she was appalled. When I asked where her information had come from, she told me she had taken classes at her church. Shocked, I told her that I couldn’t understand why one religion would teach against another—that it didn’t seem very Christ-like. She told me that the world... Read the rest of this entry »

Jesus Christ, Lamb of God

Jesus Christ, Lamb of God

Easter is coming in just a few days. As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (a Mormon), Easter means much more to me than spring flowers and chocolate bunnies. I am a Christian, with a deep and abiding love for Jesus Christ. As always at this time of year, I feel both profound sorrow and profound joy as I contemplate the sacrifice of our Savior when He took upon Himself all the sins and evil of the world, suffered, and was crucified. It is almost unbearable to remember His sufferings. Yet my heart is filled with overwhelming joy at His resurrection, which brings with it the incredible promise of eternal life. The Doctrine and Covenants, which contains revelations from God given through modern Mormon prophets, uses a beautiful image to describe Jesus’ atonement.  Jesus has “descended below all things, …that he might be in all and through all things, the light of truth” (from The Doctrine and Covenants,... Read the rest of this entry »

What is heaven like? Three Degrees of Glory

What is heaven like? Three Degrees of Glory

What is Heaven Like? The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes called the Mormon Church) is a restoration of the primitive church that was established by Jesus Christ Himself. The Gospel of Christ’s church was lost after the earthly ministry of the apostles who were called during the time of Christ. The Church was restored through the boy, Joseph Smith, in 1800′s, through the power of God. Mormons rely on several books of scripture for our understanding of the gospel and God’s plan for us. One of those books, known as the Doctrine and Covenants (D&C), contains modern revelations given to the prophets of our day, and within this book of scripture we can find many accounts more pertinent to our time than that found within the more historical scriptures. Most of these revelations were received in answer to questions Joseph Smith posed while reading passages from the Bible, and as such they contain detailed passages... Read the rest of this entry »

Jesus Christ and a Broken Heart

Jesus Christ and a Broken Heart

The Book of Mormon, another Testament of Jesus Christ, is the religious history of a people that inhabited the Americas from around 600 BC to 400 AD. It was translated by Joseph Smith from an ancient record by the gift and power of God. As its title indicates, its teachings about Jesus Christ combine with the teachings of the Old and New Testaments to help form the foundation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; the nickname “Mormons” comes from its title. In the Book of Mormon, Jesus himself talks about how He no longer requires animal sacrifices. Instead, He requires the sacrifice of a broken heart: I am the light and the life of the world. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. And ye shall offer up unto me no more the shedding of blood; yea, your sacrifices and your burnt offerings shall be done away, for I will accept none of your sacrifices and your burnt offerings. And ye shall offer for a sacrifice unto... Read the rest of this entry »

Finding Peace Through Jesus Christ

Finding Peace Through Jesus Christ

by Nora Just before His crucifixion, Jesus Christ kept the passover with His disciples. He spoke to them with great love as He comforted them concerning His impending death. He blessed them with His peace: Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid (John 14:27). After washing their feet, sharing this special meal with them, teaching them, expressing His love for them, and praying for them, the Lord Jesus Christ left for the Garden of Gethsemane, where the suffering of the Atonement began. Jesus’s disciples, who did not really understand that He was about to suffer and die for mankind, felt great anguish and despair as they watched Him die and be laid in the tomb. Where could they find peace? Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (nicknamed “Mormons”) believe that true peace can only be found by following the... Read the rest of this entry »