Recently, Linda K. Burton, the Relief Society General President gave a talk titled Is Faith in the Atonement of Jesus Christ Written in our Hearts? It’s actually a really great talk, and it has had me thinking about the Atonement–my understanding of the Atonement, my faith in the Atonement, etc–for several months now.
Of course, I’ve come to the conclusion that I could stand to learn more about the Atonement, so I decided to begin a project that would help me to learn. Here’s how it goes.
The Atonement–Book of Mormon Study Project
- “Missionary” copy of the Book of Mormon You can order one here; I suppose that you could also Study the Book of Mormon online
- Four Colored Pens (I like to use pens like these)
- Scripture Journal
Read the Book of Mormon – do not do an online topic search, but actually READ the Book of Mormon looking for the following four principles about the Atonement:
- All that is unfair about life can be made right through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
- There is power in the Atonement to enable us to overcome the natural man or woman and become true disciples of Jesus Christ.
- The Atonement is the greates evidence we have of the Father’s love for His children.
- General notes/observations on the Atonement.
Assign a color (of your four colored pens) to each principle, and make a key in the front of your Book of Mormon. It may look something like this:
Read the Book of Mormon! Personally, I’m reading about two chapters a day. I want to read it rather quickly, but not too quickly. I want to make sure that I’m reading the Book of Mormon in a way that will help me to see how these principles are being played out in the stories of the Book of Mormon. I don’t want to get sidetracked. Really try to focus on these principles and see what you learn about the Atonement.
As you read, underline/highlight the sections that are applicable to your code. Sometimes what you read may not be obviously or directly applicable–as in the verse will not spell it out for you. Sometimes, you will find that the story is an illustration or example of one of the aforementioned principles.
After reading, take a few minutes some notes in your scripture journal. You don’t need to write a summary or even notes on everything you read. You may consider just writing how what you have highlighted has been an example of one of the principles of the Atonement that you are searching for. Above all, follow the Spirit as you write. Writing is an excellent way to ponder the scriptures. Figure out not only what these scriptures mean, but how they apply to you. Find a way to study this principles so that our faith in Christ’s Atonement will be written on your heart.
I hope you like this idea. If you choose try it out for yourself, please share your experiences! Or, if you have any other good ideas, please comment and share them. 🙂