The Gospel in a Sentence

K. Douglas Bassett
“In this short statement the Master named four eternal verities upon which all else in his gospel is founded: first, the relationship between himself and his father; second, the fact of his atonement; third, the universal resurrection; and fourth, the judgment. As to the relationship between himself and his father, he said: ‘I came into the world to do the will of my father; because my father sent me.’ This verity, so simply put, is the cornerstone of his gospel… . That the atonement was a fact is as essential to the gospel of Jesus Christ as is the Sonship of Jesus. We have the sacrament to remind us every week of his atonement. The only purpose, or at least the main purpose, for which Jesus came into the world was to make the atonement… . The resurrection is inherent in the atonement… . The purpose for which he was to be lifted up upon the cross was that he might draw all men to him. That he does through the resurrection. The purpose for which men are to come before him after the resurrection is that they may be judged of the works which they have done in the flesh… . All men who believe in Jesus and want to be his followers will have to accept those our verities.” (Marion G. Romney, Conference Report, Apr. 1955, pp. 13-14)

Latter-Day Commentary on the Book of Mormon