O Grave, Where Is Thy Victory?


If you only ever listen to one episode of this podcast, let it be this one. My testimony of the atonement and resurrection. (PS if you are like me and cry when other people do, I’m sorry.)

Quotes used in the episode

“ Do the spiritual work to find out for yourselves, and please do it now. Time is running out”

-Russell M. Nelson

“Do we see the sacrament as our Passover, remembrance of our safety and deliverance and redemption?”

-Jeffrey R. Holland

“Though in the dark tribulations of that fearful hour he had pleaded that the bitter cup be removed from his lips, the request, however oft repeated, was always conditional; the accomplishment of the Father’s will was never lost sight of as the object of the Son’s supreme desire.”

-James E. Talmage

“First an enormous sense of responsibility, for He realized that except it be done perfectly, not one of His Father’s children could return to Him. They would be forever banished from His presence since there would be no way to repent for broken laws and no unclean thing can exist in the presence of God. His Father’s plan would have failed, and each spirit child would have been under the eternal control and torment of Satan.

“Second, in His absolutely pure mind and heart, He had to personally feel the consequences of all that mankind would ever encounter, even the most depraved, despicable sins.

“Third, He had to endure the vicious attack of Satan’s hordes while physically and emotionally pressed to the limit. Then for reasons we do not fully know, while at the extremity of His capacity, at the time the Savior most needed succor, His Father allowed Him to shoulder the onerous responsibility with only His own strength and capacity”

-Richard G. Scott

“With merciless fury Satan’s forces must have attacked the Savior on all fronts….The Savior pressed forward in bold assault until every prisoner was freed from the tenacious tentacles of the Evil One. This was a rescue mission of infinite implications.”

-Tad R. Callister

“Imagine the Being whose power, whose light, whose glory holds the universe in order, the Being who speaks and solar systems, galaxies, and stars come into existence–standing before wicked men and being judged by them as being of no worth or value!”

-Gerald N. Lund

“The cruelties and indignities suffered by Jesus during the various trials represented a last-ditch effort by Lucifer to cause Christ to stumble. A single misstep–a crossword, an angry outburst, even a moment’s indulgence in self pity or prinde and all was lost….the whole pitiable drama was masterminded by Lucifer in the hope that he might yet find a way to nullify the Redeemer’s triumph at Gethsemane.”

-Bruce D. Porter

He chose compassion. He chose love. His suffering was for you and me, but it was also for Judas, it was each of the members of the Sanhedrin, it was for the soldiers that spit on him, mocked him and beat him. He suffered the pain of their actions twice. Once at their hands as they let their wickedness and hate take over and once in the garden as the full consequences of their evil choices pressed upon him. Their whip stung his back and the nails pierced his flesh and their sins ravaged his spirit and plunged his perfection into the depths of sin’s anguish. Even as the violence of their hate and the venom of their unbelief reached its peak His eternal love was reaching out to them, His sacrifice was waiting for them, His forgiveness was offered to them, His gift was held before them only waiting for them to desire it.

Don’t you ever think that you are unworthy or past saving. Don’t you ever think that you have used up your share of the atonement. Don’t you ever think that our Savior’s love is weakened or that you are undeserving. If he can forgive those who mocked, whipped, beat, betrayed, pierced, spit upon and hated him. He can, will and desperately desires to free you from your burdens. Let him.

-Kristi Davis

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