GCBC Week 18: “The Atonement” by President Boyd K. Packer

Already at week 18. Crazy. This week’s talk is President Packer’s powerful testimony from the Saturday a.m. session of conference. “My message is directed to those among us who are suffering, burdened down with guilt and weakness and failure, sorrow, and despair.” The knowledge of Jesus Christ, His plan, and the Atonement can help us cope with the challenges of life and overcome them.

The Atonement by President Boyd K. Packer


What are some of your thoughts after studying this talk? How has your own testimony of Jesus Christ been a strength to you? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

(A reminder to those of you who are new to General Conference Book Club: You’re welcome to return to this post any time this week and leave your comment and thoughts in the comment section below. You may also want to see what others are saying about the talk and engage in a conversation for mutual understanding and encouragement. A new talk will be posted each Sunday and will be studied and discussed throughout the week.)


3 thoughts on “GCBC Week 18: “The Atonement” by President Boyd K. Packer

  1. Something that I noticed off the bat that I felt like sharing is from Elder Packer’s quote in the graphic, “If you have made mistakes, then you have an enormous need to find out how they can be erased”. I love how free of judgement his statement is, of course we all have made mistakes and have need to find out how to erase them, but it is up to us. He says “If”, I really love that, we have all the power to acknowledge where we fall short and seek out repentance. The other part of the talk that stood out to me was the metaphor of the light house. There is always a way back, the light house is there we just have to find it, and it will always be there. I have a painting of a light house on the wall in my house that I inherited from my Grandfather, it is a beautiful symbol in my mind. The other part of this that I loved was the hymn that President Joseph Fielding Smith wrote. Funny as it sounds I actually read a book about him in a Gender Studies class years ago at the University of Utah. The most unlikely of places to be learning about him. I respect and admire him immensely and find that hymn to be beautiful. The message of hope underlies this talk for me, there is always hope, there is always a way back, what a comforting and beautiful thing.

  2. Pres. Packer sure has had some adventures in his service as a G.A. That story on the boat is terrifying but it makes a great metaphor for how badly we need the Lord’s guidance. It is easy to start thinking that we are doing everything by ourselves, when in fact our numerous sins and shortcomings would keep us out of His presence. I love that the underlying message in his talk is that this is a blessing and help that is available to ALL. What an amazing gift of love.

  3. I have always loved “Brightly Beams Our Father’s Mercy.” We all benefit when others are lower lights for us and when we can be lower lights for them. It’s a wonderful part of Heavenly Father’s plan.

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