www.lds.org; “As used in the scriptures, to atone is to suffer the penalty for sins, thereby removing the effects of sin from the repentant sinner and allowing him or her to be reconciled to God. Jesus Christ was the only one capable of carrying out the Atonement for all mankind.Because of His Atonement, all people will be resurrected, and those who obey His gospel will receive the gift of eternal life with God.”
Holman Bible Dictionary on Atonement; “The Origin of Atonement The atonement for sin provided by Christ’s death had its origin in divine love. No other reason can explain why “God reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ” (2 Cor. 5:18). The anthem that continuously peals from the Bible is that “God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son” (John 3:16; see 1 John 4:9-10). This does not mean that God loves us because Christ died for us. Rather, Christ died for us because God loves us. Thus, “God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8). Because atonement issues from love, it is always seen as a divine gift, never as human achievement.”
Because of Jesus’ atonement mankind is forgiven for their sins. They won’t be resurrected in the Mormon sense of resurrection. Mormons believe all will be resurrected to be assigned to a different level of heaven.
Ensign, November 2008, pg. 57; “”[The] testing of our limits in priesthood service is made necessary by God’s plan to qualify His children to live with Him again forever. Heavenly Father loves His children…To qualify us to receive that gift, He gave us a mortal body, the opportunity to be tempted to sin, and a way to be cleansed from that sin and to rise in the First Resurrection. He gave us His Beloved Son, Jehovah, as our Savior to make that possible. The Savior was born in mortal life, was tempted but never sinned, and then in Gethsemane and on Golgotha paid the price of our sins so that we could be cleansed. The purifying can come only to those who have faith enough in Jesus Christ to repent of sin, be cleansed through the ordinance of baptism, and make and keep covenants to obey all His commandments. And there was to be a fierce enemy of our souls, Lucifer, who would with his legions relentlessly try to capture every child of God to keep him or her from having the joy of eternal life.”” – Henry B. Eyring
Romans 10:9; “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
Have you ever had to qualify someone to receive a gift you’re giving them?
Ensign, November 2008, pg. 35; “Jesus Christ entered a garden called Gethsemane, where He overcame sin for us. He took upon Himself our sins. He suffered the penalty of our wrongs. He paid the price of our education. I don’t know how He did what He did. I only know that He did and that because He did, you and I may be forgiven of our sins that we may be endowed with His power. Everything depends on that. What then shall we do? We will “take upon [us] the name of [the] Son, and always remember him and keep his commandments which he has given [us]; that [we] may always have his Spirit to be with [us].” Everything depends on that.” – Lawrence E. Corbridge
1 Peter 2:24; “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.”
Hebrews 13:12; “Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.”
The excerpt above taken from the “Ensign” is just one of the reasons I have this ministry. Jesus did NOT overcome sin for us in the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus did NOT take our sins upon Himself in the Garden of Gethsemane. I have the answer for Mr. Corbridge’s question, “What then shall we do”.
Let’s begin with telling the truth!
The city of Jerusalem inside the gate represented heaven for the Jews. Outside the gate was a representation of hell and is where condemned criminals endured death on a cross. Remember, cursed is he that hangeth on a tree…Deuteronomy 21:22-23.