The miracle of the Atonement is not just that we can live after we die but that we can live more abundantly. The miracle of the Atonement is not just that we can be cleansed and consoled but that we can be transformed. Scriptures make it clear that no unclean thing can dwell with God, but, brothers and sisters, no unchanged thing will even want to.
Brad Wilcox, "His Grace Is Sufficient", BYU Speeches, July 12, 2011
When we think of the Atonement, we most often think of the redemptive power that corrects any mistakes we have made. That's what comes to my mind anyway. I think of the Atonement in more of a reactive sense.
Truth is, the Atonement is much more than that. Sure, it will redeem us from our mistakes. It will satisfy the demands of justice. It will bring mercy and grace into our lives.
But the real power of the Atonement is the transformative power that elevates us to a higher plane. It will change our desires. It will change our mortal foibles and sins.
It will change our very nature.
We just need to let it.