Farewell talk #2: Hope

This talk was given in my lovely Young Single Adults ward.

Hope || September 29, 2013

  • “Of the three [faith hope and charity], Faith may be the most well known and popular, the one whose companionship is sought most often. She’s active and energetic, definitely the can-do type. Faith can move mountains, if necessary.I picture Charity as being modest and refined, beautiful and gracious. In her presence you feel genuinely loved and accepted. She’s unfailingly kind and generous, patient, empathetic, aware of every need, and responsive without being asked. How could you not want the companionship of someone like Charity?Then there’s Hope, who seems to have a problem with the way people perceive her. It may be her name and the way it’s commonly used: “I hope the car passes inspection.” Or, “I hope the weather will be nice for the wedding.” Used this way, the word hope is the verbal equivalent of keeping your fingers crossed. Consequently, many seem to think Hope is unsure, even fickle—she may or may not grace you with her companionship.” (

    Larry Hiller, Hope: The misunderstood sister)

  • Hope defined: An abiding trust that God will fulfill all of his promises to us.
  • Hope is an anchor to our souls:
    • Ether 12:4 says: Wherefore, whoso believeth in God with surety hope for a better word, yea, even a place at the right hand of God, which hope cometh of faith, maketh an anchor to the souls of men which would make them sure and steadfast always abounding in good works, being led to glorify God.
    • “Everybody in this life has their challenges and difficulties. That is part of our mortal test. The reason for some of these trials cannot be readily understood except on the basis of faith and hope because there is often a larger purpose which we do not always understand. Peace comes through hope.” James E. Faust
    • When we anchor our souls to God and the Lord, Jesus, we have the abiding trust and peace we need to make it through trials.
    • President Faust goes on to say, “Few activities are safer than serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
    • Missionaries are literally in the hands of the Lord. We wish that all of them could be kept totally out of harm’s way all of the time, but that is not realistic. Missionaries, their families, and leaders trust fully in the Lord’s watch care, and when a rare tragedy strikes, they are sustained by the Spirit of Him whom they serve.”
    • As I have been preparing to leave, it is through this hope that I haven’t had a full scale meltdown.
  • A perfect brightness of hope:
    • 2 Nephi 31:20: “Wherefore, ye must press forward with a asteadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of bhope, and a clove of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and dendure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eeternal life.”
    • “While weak hope leaves us at the mercy of our moods and events, “brightness of hope” produces illuminated individuals. Their luminosity is seen, and things are also seen by it! Such hope permits us to “press forward” even when dark clouds oppress.” Neil A. Maxwell
    • A perfect brightness of hope is remembering that our God is a fourth watch God, even when we are wishing for help in the first watch.
    • God has promised us that he will never abandon us. We must trust he will keep this promise. THIS is a perfect brightness of hope.
    • Hope is not pretending that troubles don’t exist. It is the hope that they won’t last forever; that hurts will be healed and difficulties overcome; that we will be led out of the darkness, and into the sunshine.
  • A more excellent hope:
    • Ether 12: 32 says: “And I also remember that thou hast said that thou hast prepared a house for man, yea, even among the mansions of thy father, in which man might have a more excellent hope; wherefore man must hope or he cannot receive an inheritance in the place which thou hast prepared.”
    •  Moroni 7:41 “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.”
    • The ultimate hope that can carry us through the very depths of hell itself is hope in the atonement of Jesus Christ.
    • Ezra Taft Benson promised, “I promise you … in the name of the Lord whose servant I am that God will always protect and care for his people. … With the gospel of Jesus Christ you have every hope and promise and reassurance. The Lord has power over his Saints and will always prepare places of peace, defense, and safety for his people. When we have faith in God we can hope for a better world—for us personally and for all mankind.”
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