For several years I have been hearing the word atone thrown around. It always bothers me when it is used by characters in programs or by news readers discussing how he or she or someone has atoned for their sins.
I believe that only Jesus Christ could make the perfect atonement for sin. He atoned for our sins. I can, you can, accept His atoning sacrifice to be forgiven of sins through repentance.
THE ATONEMENT ~ Elder Russell M. Nelson
THE SUPERNAL GIFT OF THE ATONEMENT ~ Elder James E. Faust
ATONEMENT, AGENCY, ACCOUNTABILITY ~ Elder Boyd K. Packer