A speech by W. Cleon Skousen – “A Personal Search for the Meaning of the Atonement.”
This speech was given on December 18, 1980 at the invitation of Mission President Orville Matheny to over 200 missionaries at an all-mission conference of the Dallas, Texas mission.
Brother Skousen recorded in his journal, “There was such a marvelous spirit at the conference that I felt impressed to speak on the Atonement instead of the Christmas Story. I spoke for an hour and twenty-five minutes and it was a beautiful experience for me. President Matheny had arranged to have the talk video-taped as well as recorded so I took the time to give scriptural references for everything I said so the missionaries could look up the passages for themselves.” The mp3 of this talk is available for purchase.
The original transcript was done by Jim Harmston. I have gone through and done some cleanup and added links. The transcript of the speech follows: