During this morning’s session of General Conference, Elder Richard G. Scott of the Twelve Apostles spoke about applying the Atonement of Jesus Christ in our lives and improving our understanding of it; he said near the end of his talk that we should all “establish a personal study plan to better understand that Atonement.”
Two things that I’ve read came quickly to mind. The first is the chapter called “Atonement” from Jeffrey R. Holland’s book, Christ and the New Covenant, which is one of the best books on the Book of Mormon that I’ve ever read. This one chapter is about 50 pages long, and is a supremely comprehensive yet readable analysis of what the Book of Mormon teaches about the Savior’s atoning sacrifice. Sadly, this work isn’t available online, but it’s available fairly cheaply from Amazon.
The other thing I’d recommend is the last chapter of Hugh Nibley’s book, Approaching Zion, called, “The Meaning of the Atonement.” This is available online here, and explores the symbolism and spiritual significance of the Atonement, from multiple perspectives.
I’ll read through both of these as soon as possible as a start, and see where my study can go from there.