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Unfathomable agony of Lords atonement

"It has been almost two thousand years since the wondrous occasion when death was conquered," said Elder James E. Faust of the Quorum of the Twelve at the October 1988 general conference. He is now second counselor in the First Presidency.

"We still do not know how the Savior was able to take upon Himself and bear our transgressions, our foolishness, our grief, our sorrows, and our burdens. It was indefinable and unfathomable. It was almost unbearable. The indescribable agony was so great in Gethsemane that 'his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.' (Luke 22:44.)

"The haunting cry on the cross, in a loud voice in His native Aramaic, 'Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?' (Mark 15:34) gives but a mere glimpse of His suffering and humiliation. One cannot help wondering how many of those drops of precious blood each of us may have been responsible for.

"Even though, as a man or a woman, we are born, live a brief moment, and then die, through the atonement of Jesus Christ we will all live after death. Through the divinity which is within us as a gift of the great Creator, we can come to complete fruition as heirs of God with eternal powers, dominions, and progression without end. Paul said this gift is a free gift. (See Rom. 5:15.) Through the mediation and Atonement we will be resurrected ourselves without going through any part of the atoning agony that the Son of God went through.

"Jacob's teachings in the Book of Mormon further explain, 'if the flesh should rise no more our spirits must become subject to that angel who fell from before the presence of the Eternal God, and became the devil, to rise no more.' " (2 Ne. 9:8.)

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