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Class Information

Below are the date, time, location, and outline for this class.

Charity and the Atonement

Taught by William Riggins


Day Time Location
Friday, August 2 9 a.m. Taylor Chapel
William Riggins

William Riggins


William J. Riggins Jr. received a bachelor’s degree in Social Science from San Diego State University, a master’s in Educational Leadership from San Diego State University and a doctorate in Education Leadership and Management from Alliant International University. Riggins Jr. has been an early morning seminary teacher for 12 years, full time employee of the Church Educational System for 11 years, and a full time employee of BYU-Idaho for seven years.

Riggins Jr. was married to Bonnie L. McKee in the Los Angles California Temple, November 30, 1979.They have four children: William III - married to Kasey Semensen – two children – reside in San Diego. Jeree - married to Kyle Marostica – six children – reside in Rexburg. Alexander - single, graduating from SDSU in journalism, and Jessica - married to Tony Madsen – reside in Rexburg

William loves being a husband, a father, and a grandfather. He worked in the swimming pool industry for 17 years prior to earning his bachelor’s degree at the age of 39. He loves building; and says, “It brings the creator out of me!” He has served as a ward Young Men president three times, stake Young Men president twice, high counselor three times, counselor in a bishopric, bishop for six years, and is currently serving as the stake president of the Rexburg YSA 8th Stake on the BYU-I campus.

Class Outline

"If ye have not charity, ye are nothing." As Latter-day Saints striving to become like our Savior, this phrase ought to awaken within us a desire to know what charity truly is and how to obtain it. We will discuss the defining characteristics of charity, the connection of charity to the Atonement, and applications through which we may attain charity.

Learning Objectives:

What do I want my students to know?

  1. Know the definition of charity (2 Nephi 26:30; Moroni 7:47; 8:17).
  2. Know the attributes of charity (1 Corinthians 13:4-8; Moroni 7:45).
  3. Know that above all things they must have, cleave unto, be possessed of, be filled with, put on, and be clothed in charity (Colossians 3:17; 1 Peer 4:8; 2 Peter 1:7-8; D&C 88:125; Moroni 7:46-48).
  4. Know the connection between charity and the atonement of Jesus Christ (2 Nephi 26:23-24; Ether 12:33-34; Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, Christ and the New Covenant, 336-337).
  5. Know that it is possible to attain charity. (1 John 2:5; 3:16; 4:12; Moroni 7:48; 8:25-26).

What do I want my students to understand?

  1. Understand the difference between what charity is (definition) and what charity produces (attributes / outcomes).
  2. Understand that charity " not and act but a condition of state of being. Charity is something we become" (Dallin H. Oaks, Ensign, Nov. 2000, 34).
  3. Understand that charity and the atonement are synonymous - the atonement is Christ's pure love that never fails and that we must have, which is charity. (2 Nephi 26:23-24; Ether 12:33-34; Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, Christ and the New Covenant, 336-337).
  4. Understand that it is through the obtaining of the atonement that charity is attained.

What do I want my students to believe?

  1. Believe that the attainment of charity is a gift of the Spirit through the atonement of Jesus Christ.
  2. Believe that it is by allowing the atonement of Jesus Christ to permeate us that the attributes of charity will naturally flow from us.
  3. Believe that "for with God, nothing shall be impossible." 

What do I want my student to do, change, become?

  1. I want my students to more fervently plead for the atoning blood of the Savior to be applied unto them (2 Nephi 4:17-35; Enos 1:4; Mosiah 4:1-3; 5:1-5; Alma 34: 1-27; 36:17-21, 24-27).
  2. I want my students to seek for inspiration on a daily basis for ways to have the atonement of Christ permeate them, that the attributes of charity may naturally flow from them (Genesis 6:8-9; John 14:1-16; Mosiah 3:19; 4:26-27; 3 Nephi 19:8-9; D&C 4; 20:77-79; 88:67-68; 93:1-3.)

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