We decided to study the Atonement this week for family night. I was in charge and assigned us to read the article by Elder Holland in the April Ensign on the Atonement. In addition to that I read "Why the Atonement was necessary?" from The First 2000 Years by Brother Skousen.
When we were sealed in the temple (and in other occasions) I've heard that as long as parents keep the covenants that they make to God in the temple, their children will be with them in the Celestial Kingdom no matter how far they may seem to stray in this life. I accepted that explanation purely on faith because I wasn't sure how that could be possible. I thought that only Christ's holiness could guarantee our salvation. As I thought more about this the following thoughts began to formulate in my brain.
It is only through Christ that we can obtain Celestial glory. Christ compares himself to the Bridegroom and the Church (disciples) as his bride. He came to earth among his brethren to establish His church and teach His followers what they must do in order to return to live with Him. He suffered all things even unto death to prove to His Father how much He loves us and desires us to return to his presence. In light of our fallen state, the Father would not be able to admit us into His kingdom were it not that we had been purchased through the atoning blood of His Son.
In a similar way we as parents, by proving to God how much we love our children, by keeping the sacred covenants we have made to Him in His holy temples, by not giving up on our children, and by pressing forward with a steadfastness in Christ, we can be assured that our example will be seen by our children and they will have the desire to remain or return to Christ's fold through the sealing power of His holy Priesthood.