“For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, sublmissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father,” (Mosiah 3:19)
“President Ezra Benson (1899-1994) observed that ‘just as a man does not really desire food until he is hungry, so he does not desire the salvation of Christ until he knows why he needs Christ. No one adequately and properly knows why he needs Christ until he understands and accepts the doctrine of the Fall and its effects upon mankind. And no other book in the world explains this vital doctrine nearly as well as the Book of Mormon.”
In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we teach that before the world was mortal, it was first spiritual and it is through Adam and Eve’s choice of partaking of that which was forbidden that they brought about mortality and therefore, death. It is because of their actions that all mankind now die. God the Father, knowing that this would be so, provided a Saviour for his children. Through Jesus Christ, each and every person who has lived or will ever live upon the world will live again. Jesus Christ not only took upon him not only our sins, but also all our hurts, our sorrows, our pain and disappointments – it is not that He is going to take upon him all these things, but that He has already done so.