Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (“Mormons”) believe that through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, all of us will be resurrected (have our bodies restored into an immortal state), and those who exercise faith and follow the teachings of Jesus Christ will receive eternal life. He performed this Atonement through suffering in the garden of Gethsemane, His death on the cross, and His resurrection. I offer my personal witness that I know Jesus Christ lives. I know that He died to save all of mankind. As I live the gospel of Jesus Christ in my life, I feel the power of His Atonement heal me and lift me beyond my own capability. He lives and He loves us. D. Lauritsen, a Mormon professor, gives an explanation bellow, of the Atonement of Jesus Christ so others can understand our beliefs better and know that Mormons truly believe in Jesus Christ:
Brief Answer: Yes, absolutely.
Detailed Answer: “The word [Atonement] means the setting ‘at one’ of those who have been estranged, and denotes the reconciliation of man to God. Sin is the cause of the estrangement.”1 Without the Atonement of Jesus Christ, the purpose of the Creation of the earth would have been rendered useless by the Fall of Adam and Eve, for neither they nor their descendants could have been redeemed from sin nor resurrected. Hence, without Jesus’ Atonement, none of his Father’s children could have been saved from hell, much less have inherited eternal life.
Jesus Christ, the only Begotten Son of God and the only sinless person to live on this earth, was the only one capable of making an atonement for mankind. By his . . . divine Sonship, his sinless life, the shedding of his blood in the garden of Gethsemane, his death on the cross and subsequent bodily resurrection from the grave, he made a perfect atonement for all mankind. All are covered unconditionally as pertaining to the fall of Adam. Hence, all shall rise from the dead with immortal bodies, because of Jesus’ atonement. “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive” (1 Corinthians 15:22), and all little children are innocent at birth. The Atonement is conditional, however, so far as each person’s sins are concerned, and touches every one to the degree that he has faith in Jesus Christ, repents of his sins, and obeys the gospel.
1. Bible Dictionary, “Atonement,” 617. 2. Ibid.
D. Lauritsen, Mormons Under a Microscope, (Springville, Utah: Cedar Fort, Inc., 2010), 115-116.