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TANYA - I've been thinking, when Christ suffered in Gethsemane I believe he suffered for each individual personally, that is he actually, so to speak went through each of our lives and suffered everything we have. Is this is what meant by a personal atonement? Since he is personal savior. (1 peter 1:19 and 2 Nep 9:7)

JOEL - That's an interesting way of looking at it and I believe you are correct in your thinking. Jesus did not just suffer to make payment for the sins we committed, He also suffered all the hardships and all the physical and emotional pain and suffering that each of us has suffered in our own lives, so that He could have complete empathy for our own unique life expereinces, so that His judgment upon us at the last day would be perfect and merciful.
Elder Neal A. Maxwell explained it best:

"Revealed truths reassure us that we are enclosed in divine empathy. As Enoch witnessed, we worship a God who wept over needless human misery and wickedness (see Moses 7:28-29, 33, 37). Jesus’ perfect empathy was ensured when, along with His Atonement for our sins, He took upon Himself our sicknesses, sorrows, griefs, and infirmities and came to know these - according to the flesh- (Alma 7:11-12). He did this in order that He might be filled with perfect, personal mercy and empathy and thereby know how to succor us in our infirmities. He thus fully comprehends human suffering. Truly Christ “descended below all things, in that He comprehended all things” (D&C 88:6). (Neal A. Maxwell, “Enduring Well,” Ensign, Apr. 1997, 7)

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