I have always had a deep appreciation for the Atonement in my life but I can truly say that I’ve never understood it very well. In fact, I don’t know too many people that do. I had always tried to understand it in terms of justice, mercy, love, agency, knowledge and power. It wasn’t until my mission that I first read this talk by Cleon Skousen.
It changed me.
I see faith differently. I see mercy and justice differently. I see God’s power differently. Most importantly, I see myself differently. I see myself as someone who is truly less than the dust, yet with literally infinite potential. I see myself fully in debt to my Savior for His willingness to suffer for me. I am truly in awe of depth of knowledge available to us if we humbly seek.
Since that first reading I’ve grown in my own understanding and testimony and was delighted to read the talk again yesterday. I don’t know if I agree with everything said, but I believe he’s close. Have any of you read this before and what are your impressions? Is he in left field or right on the mark?