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Hope

Hope is defined as “the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best.” Hope is part of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul said, “Be not moved away from the hope of the gospel” (1 Colossians 1:23).

A leader in the Mormon Church President Dieter F. Uchtdorf says this about hope: “We hope in Jesus the Christ, in the goodness of God, in the manifestations of the Holy Spirit, in the knowledge that prayers are heard and answered. Because God has been faithful and kept His promises in the past, we can hope with confidence that God will keep His promises to us in the present and in the future” (The Infinite Power of Hope, Oct General Conference 2008).

Everyone experiences discouragement, difficulty, temptations, trails, and sorrows. Such experiences may at times seem unbearable, but the principles taught in the gospel of Jesus Christ are what we hope in and are what helps us to move forward when having such experiences. The outward expressions of hope, when faced with life’s challenges, are optimism, confidence, enthusiasm, perseverance, and patience.

A Book of Mormon prophet named Moroni taught this about hope:

“And what is it that ye shall hope for? Behold I say unto you that ye shall have hope through the atonement of Christ and the power of his resurrection, to be raised unto life eternal, and this because of your faith in him according to the promise” (Moroni 7:41).

Often hope is hoping for the outcome of future events and an event all people will face will be death. But the gospel of Jesus Christ teaches that because of the Atonement we will all be resurrected unto eternal life and this will be something everyone will experience who has lived on earth.

Additional Readings on Hope:

The Infinite Power of Hope, by President Dieter F. Uchdorf

Hope, by Elder Steven E. Snow

Hope, An Anchor of the Soul, by President James E. Faust

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