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

When I started this blog, I put some of my favorite quotes in the earliest posts. Of course, I had about three readers (all relatives) at the start, so not many people have read these quotes. From time to time, I’m going to re-post some of these foundation stones for understanding the Atonement.

The following teaching from then-Elder Boyd K. Packer was the basis for my asking that every talk and every lesson in my student ward be explicitly connected to the Atonement of Christ. This was my request as bishop and also the request of our student stake president.

Here’s the quote:

[The Atonement of Christ] is the very root of Christian doctrine. You may know much about the gospel as it branches out from there, but if you only know the branches and those branches do not touch that root, if they have been cut free from that truth, there will be no life nor substance nor redemption in them.

Elder Boyd K. Packer

The Mediator,” Ensign, May 1977, 54

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