The Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ is the heart and core and center of revealed religion.

Elder Bruce R. McConkie Christ and the Creation

In a heart-wrenching account of the terrible difficulties encountered by a Latter-day Saint woman making her way as a refugee across war-torn Europe following World War II, President Monson quotes a prayer this woman offered after burying her baby daughter, the last of her children, in a grave that she dug with her bare hands.

“Dear Heavenly Father, I do not know how I can go on. I have nothing left—except my faith in Thee. I feel, Father, amidst the desolation of my soul, an overwhelming gratitude for the atoning sacrifice of Thy Son, Jesus Christ. I cannot express adequately my love for Him. I know that because He suffered and died, I shall live again with my family; that because He broke the chains of death, I shall see my children again and will have the joy of raising them. Though I do not at this moment wish to live, I will do so, that we may be reunited as a family and return—together—to Thee.”

President Thomas S. Monson

Be of Good Cheer,” Ensign, May 2009, 89–92

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