"The Atonement of Jesus Christ" by Brother Tad R. Callister Questions to Ponder

In “The Atonement of Jesus Christ” by Brother Tad R. Callister, he points out four things that Jesus Christ overcame through the Atonement. Scroll down for lots of great questions to help you ponder and study this April 2019 General Conference talk.

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Questions to Ponder

  • What series of events constituted the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ?

  • What qualities allowed for Jesus Christ to atone for us?

  • What was the purpose of the Atonement?

  • What does it take to activate the protective powers of the Savior?

  • How has the Savior overcome physical death for us?

  • Who can be resurrected?

  • Who is someone you can’t wait to see be made whole? Who is someone you can’t wait to see alive with body and spirit reunited?

  • What feelings do you have for Jesus as you ponder the reality of resurrection for those you know and love?

  • Who can be forgiven?

  • What stops us from seeking forgiveness? Why is it important to understand where those feelings come from?

  • What does it mean to have one spark of the will to repent?

  • How does a memory of guilt help us even after we have sought forgiveness?

  • What are the ways Jesus Christ succors his people in their afflictions?

  • Why does Christ not always remove our afflictions and infirmities?

  • How do saving ordinances unleash godly power?

  • What are the gifts of the Spirit or attributes of godliness? Why should we seek after these attributes? What can we do to attain them?

  • How will prayer help us develop attributes of godliness? Who is someone you know who has developed any one of them?

  • Elder Callister asked “What then is the Atonement of Jesus Christ?”. What do you think of when you hear the words “The Atonement of Jesus Christ?”

  • What is the purpose of the Atonement? Do you feel like it applies to you?

  • Jesus gave his life as an infinite sacrifice for everyone’s sins and weaknesses. How might we be making the infinite atonement of Jesus Christ a finite one in our lives? If someone is having difficulty forgiving themselves or others, how might we help them to recognize and overcome this?

  • What are some ways we can help increase our understanding of the Atonement and it’s power in our lives?

  • How do we know if we have been forgiven of our sins?

  • Christ’s Atonement doesn't always immediately take away the trial we may be struggling with. How has the Atonement of Jesus Christ helped you endure through a difficult time?

  • The atonement isn’t always about overcoming sins, but also includes becoming perfected in Him through overcoming weaknesses and imperfections. How can we apply the Atonement in our lives in this way? How has it helped you to become more like Him?

  • What are some things that you think that you can’t change in your life or that its “not in your nature” to change? How do we change our perception of this?

  • Joseph Smith wrote from his prison cell “…Let us cheerfully do all things in our power…”. How can we improve our cheerfulness in our trials? How can we help those who have a harder time being happy due to depression or other illness?

  • How have the covenants you have made (baptism, endowment etc.) helped you understand the Atonement?

  • What gifts of the spirit do you have? What spiritual gifts would you like to have? What are you doing to seek and obtain these gifts?

  • What spiritual gifts have you received that have helped “eradicate your weaknesses”?

  • What can help us to remember to use Christ’s atonement in all areas of our lives (sins, weakness, infirmities etc.)?

  • How has the Atonement helped you to build your testimony of Christ and come closer to Him?