Necessity of Christ’s Atonement

The Savior praying in the Garden of Gethsemane

In teaching about Jesus Christ and His Atonement, President Boyd K. Packer stated:

“I seldom use the word absolutely. It seldom fits. I use it now—twice:

“Because of the Fall, the Atonement was absolutely essential for resurrection to proceed and overcome mortal death. The Atonement was absolutely essential for men to cleanse themselves from sin and overcome the second death, spiritual death, which is separation from our Father in Heaven, for the scriptures tell us … that no unclean thing may enter the presence of God.”

To learn more about the Atonement and about our Savior, who provided this everlasting gift, read President Packer’s article “Who Is Jesus Christ?” in the March 2008 Liahona, a special issue focused entirely on Jesus Christ.