If we have sinned or made mistakes- If we have made choices that we now regret- there is the precious gift of Christ’s Atonement, through which we can be forgiven. We cannot go back in time and change the past, but we can repent. The Savior can wipe away our tears of regret and remove the burden of our sins. His atonement allows us to leave the past behind and move forward with clean hands, a pure heart, and a determination to do better and especially to become better.
-Dieter F Uchtdorf “Of regrets and Resolutions” October 2012 General Conference
Ordinances of the temple relate to personal progress and to the redemption of departed ancestors as well. “For their salvation is necessary and essential to our salvation, … they without us cannot be made perfect—neither can we without our dead be made perfect.” Service in their behalf provides repeated opportunities for temple worship. And that service deserves commitment to a planned schedule. By doing for others what they cannot do for themselves, we emulate the pattern of the Savior, who wrought the Atonement to bless the lives of other people.
-Elder Russell M Nelson May 2001
His most exemplary act, the Atonement, required Jesus to descend “below all things” and suffer “the pains of all men” Thus we understand the Atonement has broader purpose than providing a means to overcome sin. This greatest of all earthly accomplishments gives the Savior the power to fulfill this promise: “If ye will turn to the Lord with full purpose of heart, and put your trust in him, and serve him with all diligence … , if ye do this, he will … deliver you out of bondage”
-Elder Donald Hallstrom May 2010
When we sin, we injure our soul, and divine treatment is needed to make us whole again. Repentance provides the condition that allows the Savior, through the power of the Atonement, to heal us.
-David L Frischknecht Curriculum department May 2011
We all depend on the Savior; none of us can be saved without Him. Christ’s Atonement is infinite and eternal. Forgiveness for our sins comes with conditions. We must repent, and we must be willing to forgive others.
-Dieter F Uchtdorf “The Merciful Obtain Mercy” April 2012 General Conference
Don’t put your eternal life at risk. Keep the commandments of God. If you have sinned, the sooner you begin to make your way back, the sooner you will find the sweet peace and joy that come with the miracle of forgiveness.
-Thomas S Monson “Preparation Brings Blessings” April 2010 General Conference
Alma emphasizes that through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, “the arms of mercy are extended” to those who repent. He then asks penetrating and ultimate questions, such as: Are we prepared to meet God? Are we keeping ourselves blameless? We should all contemplate these questions.
-Quinten L Cook “Can Ye Feel So Now” October 2012 General Conference
It was understood from the beginning that in mortality we would fall short of being perfect. It was not expected that we would live without transgressing one law or another. If you have made no mistakes, then you do not need the Atonement. If you have made mistakes, and all of us have, whether minor or serious, then you have an enormous need to find out how they can be erased so that you are no longer in darkness.
-Boyd K Packer “The Atonement” October 2012 General Conference
He knows your sacrifices and your sorrows. He hears your prayers. His peace and rest will be yours as you continue to wait upon Him in faith.
– Robert D. Hales “Waiting upon the Lord: Thy Will Be Done” October 2011 General Conference
If Christ had not made his Atonement, the penalties for mistakes would be added one on the other. Life would be hopeless. But He willingly sacrificed in order that we may be redeemed. And he said, ‘Behold, he who has repented of his sins, the same is forgiven, and I, the Lord, remember them no more.'”
– Boyd K. Packer “The Touch of the Master’s Hand” April 2001 General Conference
Having faith in Jesus Christ and in His Atonement means relying completely on Him– trusting in His infinite power, intelligence, and love. Christ like attributes come into our lives as we exercise our agency righteously. Faith in Jesus Christ leads to action. When we have faith in Christ, we trust the Lord enough to follow His commandments — even when we do not completely understand the reasons for them.
-Dieter F. Uchtdorf “Christlike Attributes–the Wind beneath Our Wings” October 2005