“Adam Brought Mortality; Christ Brought Immortality”

1 Corinthians 15:22

22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

Elder Bruce R. McConkie wrote:

“The three greatest events that ever have occurred or ever will occur in all eternity are these: (1) The creation of the heavens and the earth, of man, and of all forms of life; (2) The Fall of man, of all forms of life, and of the earth itself from their primeval and paradisiacal state to their present mortal state; and (3) The infinite and eternal Atonement, which ransoms man, all living things, and the earth also from their fallen state so that the salvation of the earth and of all living things may be completed.

“These three divine events—the three pillars of eternity—are inseparably woven together into one grand tapestry known as the eternal plan of salvation. We view the Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ as the center and core and heart of revealed religion. It brings to pass the immortality and eternal life of man. Salvation is in Christ.

“But had there been no Fall, there could have been no Atonement. The Fall of Adam brought temporal and spiritual death into the world, and it is from these deaths that man and all forms of life are ransomed through the Atonement wrought by the Lord Jesus Christ. Adam brought mortality; Christ brought immortality.”

(A New Witness for the Articles of Faith [1985], 81.)