So this Week’s installment of “Thoughs from Sacrament” is on the subject of Hope! It was a good Sacrament service, and I gto to hear a talk from a good friend of mine! So here goes…
So I feel whenever the term hope is brought up in a non-spiritual concept, it’s defined with the want and desire for something to happen, yet often times is hindered by a sense of doubt. For example, we may say “We hope for a raise or promotion at work”, or “I hope I can pass this final…” In both phrases as you read there’s a sense of uncertainty that both outcomes may not happen. To be honest until Sacrament, and really studying hope out for this post, I lived in that uncertainty when applying Hope. I always thought of hope as the belief in an outcome that may or may not happen. That is indeed the misconception of the word in the word outside of a Gospel manner.
When speaking in Gospel terms, the word “Hope” is “sure, unwavering, and active” as said in the manual “True to the Faith” It also goes onto in this same section that Prophets of old have spoken of having a “Firm Hope”, and a “Lively hope” It goes on Later in this section as spoken by the ancient Prophet Moroni “Whoso believeth in God might with surety hope for a betterworld, yea, even a place at the right hand of God, which hope cometh of Faith, maketh an anchor to the souls of men, which make them sure and steadfast, always abounding in bood works, being led to florify GOD (Ehter 12L4)”
So lets look a little closer….Hope is derived from faith; faith in Heavenly Father who is the father of all things possible, and all things before present and future. So lets look at it like this, with the belief that Heavenly Father is the eternal and all knowing and all doing, and hope deriving from a faith in heavenly father, then Hope no longer becomes a a matter of “what if”, but a matter of “When”.
That changes one’s perspective and one’s take on Hope. It definitely changed the context how I use Hope. So when combining my personal testimony and faith to the word, I’ll use it in a sentence “I have hope that scripture study can enlighten the non-believer.” or “I have hope, with regular daily prayer, the Lord will be by my side”
The word Hope is a very tricky word when not truly understood from a gospel point of view, and honestly sounds more delightful with the Faith support it deserves.
Let us Remember having Hope in something is not a bad thing. It’s not something to be ashamed about. Hope is something every human being needs to survive this crazy world. The Hope in a better tomorrow.