This is one of the most sacred yet challenging topics in the gospel of Jesus Christ to discuss, not because it's controversial, but because it is hard to put in words much less text the suffering, agony, and death of Jesus Christ in our lowly behalf. The prophet Joseph Smith said, "The fundamental principles of our religion are the testimony of the Apostles and Prophets, concerning Jesus Christ, that He died, was buried, and rose again the third day, and ascended into heaven; and all other things which pertain to our religion are only appendages to it."This will be a three part blog because of the doctrinal importance and fundemental principles that need to be understood about Christ's Atonement.
Just how bad did the Savior of the world suffer in Gethsemane? Christ says this, "Repent, lest I smite you by the rod of my mouth, and by my wrath, and by my anger, and your sufferings be sore—how sore you know not, how exquisite you know not, yea, how hard to bear you know not. For behold, I, God, have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent; But if they would not repent they must suffer even as I; Which suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit—and would that I might not drink the bitter cup, and shrink..."