The atonement is the greatest act ever to be performed on this earth.
It is the means by which we are liberated from death and hell.
It is the only way for us to return and live with God.
It is the ultimate act of service.
It's hard to believe that the sacrifice of someone else is enough to pay for our sins. Its hard to trust in everything God reveals through his prophets when we ourselves cannot see God. Even though it is hard, I know its worth it.
As part of life we all sin, or do things contrary to the will of God. No one who has sin can live with God These things are not up to our interpretation of the "law" and there is no moral relativity. There is simply the law of God and satan's counterfeit, 2 options. A prophet in ancient america explained that without law, and punishment for breaking the law there could be no good or evil. Without set rules everything would be null and void. How could we do good if there was no good? How could we learn and grow without making any decisions? If there is no option, how can you make a choice? And if these things dont exist, then there is no point in our being here on earth. Because the purpose of life is to learn and grow.
Now that we are in this situation of learning and growing we will inevitably fall, we're human. And after we fall what do we do? We cannot live with God again. It's against the law, we are sinners. Without the sacrifice of Jesus Christ we would be cast out forever. The process of getting back up is called repentance. When we correct our mistake, to the best of our ability, Jesus Christ makes up the rest and allows us to live with God again. How great a gift!
I have sinned, many times (hopefully not too many : ) ... ) When I sin I feel guilty, that is part of the punishment. If these laws of God were not real why then would I feel guilty? Some may say that it is my conscience and my upbringing, that may be true, but consider this. I was in my living room the other day thinking about something I had done wrong. I felt bad, I wished I could take it away, I wished that I had never done it. In my attempt to fix the problem I offered a prayer to God and asked his forgiveness, thinking on the atonement I explained to God that I believed it was possible to have the guilt removed. When I finished praying I still felt terrible. As I was sitting at my desk thinking of what more I could do, I had a feeling of peace, the guilt was swept away, I was filled with the happiest feeling of peace and assurance that everything would be OK. Now, if my conscience had caused my feeling of guilt and the law of God didnt really exist, how then could I suddenly have my emotions change after doing virtually nothing on my part? There is no other explanation besides this: God exists. His laws are real. Jesus has the power to take the sin and guilt away.
I know these things are true, just as I know that I have a heart. I feel it.
Seek the atonement.
It will change your life, as it has mine.
p.s. This the greatest act in all of time is mentioned by name once in the Bible.. (twice in spanish). And it is mentioned 39 times by name in the Book of Mormon! If you seek Christ, read the Book of Mormon.