The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Hope

"As we trust in God and his plan for our happiness with all our hearts and lean not unto our own understanding (see Prov. 3:5), hope is born. Hope grows out of faith and gives meaning and purpose to all we do. It can give us comfort in the face of adversity, strength in times of trial, and peace when we have reason for doubt or anguish."—Elder M. Russell Ballard, Answers to Life's Questions, General Conference, April 1995 

"Significantly, those who look forward to a next and better world are usually 'anxiously engaged' in improving this one, for they 'always abound in good works' (D&C 58:27; Alma 7:24). Thus, real hope is much more than wishful musing. It stiffens, not slackens, the spiritual spine. It is composed, not giddy, eager without being naive, and pleasantly steady without being smug. Hope is realistic anticipation taking the form of determination--a determination not merely to survive but to 'endure...'."—Neal A. Maxwell, Ensign, Nov. 1994, p. 35 

"Those with true hope often see their personal circumstances shaken, like kaleidoscopes, again and again. Yet with the 'eye of faith,' they still see divine pattern and purpose (Alma 5:15)."—Neal A. Maxwell, Ensign, Nov. 1994, p. 36 

"Hope is a precious principle by which to live. However, some among us may have lost all hope because of sin and transgression. A person can become so deeply immersed in the ways of the world that he sees no way out and loses all hope. My plea to all who have fallen into this trap of the adversary is to never give up! Regardless of how desperate things may seem or how desperate they may yet become, please believe me, you can always have hope. Always."—M. Russell Ballard, Ensign, Nov. 1992, p. 32 

"Because of our sins and our mortality, we, like Isaac, are condemned to death. When all other hope is gone, our Father in Heaven provides the Lamb of God, and we are saved by his sacrifice."—Dallin H. Oaks, Ensign, Nov. 1992, p. 37 

"Doubt and despair go together, whereas faith and hope are constant companions." — Neal A. Maxwell, "Notwithstanding My Weakness", p.41 - 42

"When the Lord Jesus Christ comes, he is going to inaugurate the millennium. War will cease; enmity shall disappear; and the King of kings shall reign as only Christ can reign, in the midst of and over a world of peace. Barbaric war shall end forever. What heavenly joy in the contemplation and in the future enjoyment of this blessed condition! Oh, what hope there is in this majestic event." — Charles Callis, General Conference, April 1946

"Hope is both a predecessor and a derivative of faith. One may not be able to know or testify about things which are not seen, but one surely can have strong and significant hope." — Monte J. Brough, "The Prophet Ether: Man Of The More Excellent Hope," from "Heroes From The Book Of Mormon", p. 194

"I promise you tonight in the name of the Lord whose servant I am that God will always protect and care for his people. We will have our difficulties the way every generation and people have had difficulties.... But 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 world­for us personally and for all mankind." — Howard W. Hunter, "Teachings of Howard W. Hunter", p. 201-202

"He came to bring hope, to bring joy, to bring peace, to bring salvation; and his is the only name given under heaven whereby salvation comes. Our Lord—the Lord Jehovah, the Lord Jesus—is our hope and our salvation.  He it is that hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.  He has redeemed us from death, hell, the devil, and endless torment." — Bruce R. McConkie, General Conference, April 1977

"I cannot imagine life without hope. I learned early that the personal quality of hope is essential for righteous living. Hope comes from a knowledge that the Lord’s promises are true, that he will fill our souls with his Spirit, and that we will have the strength to carry on." — Elaine L. Jack, “Believing in the Light After Darkness," from "Heroines of the Restoration"

"Take care of your children. They are the hope of Israel, and upon them will rest, by and by, responsibility of the bearing of the kingdom of God in the earth." — Joseph F. Smith, "Gospel Doctrine", p. 281

"The fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ brings great comfort in the stressful times of mortality. It brings light where there is darkness and a calming influence where there is turmoil. It gives eternal hope where there is mortal despair. It is more than just beautiful doctrine. It is a reality in our lives that if we can be obedient and obtain the eternal rewards that God grants us, if we will draw nigh unto Him and embrace the eternal doctrine, we will be blessed." — "The Eternal Family", Elder Robert D. Hales, General Conference, October 1996

"As a result of the gospel-centered lives of many Latter-day Saints, people around them see changes in their lives that in turn give them hope. Member families may still live in humble homes with dirt or bamboo floors and walls, but because of their positive response to the gospel plan, and through their obedience to the Lord's commandments, they receive the promised blessings." — "Missionary Work In The Philippines", Elder Augusto A. Lim, General Conference, October 1992

"It seems to me that dwelling on negative thoughts and approaches is, in fact, working directly opposite of hope, faith, and trust--in the Lord, ourselves, and others--and causes continual feelings of gloom, while the positive lifts and buoys us up, encourages us to forge ahead, and is an attitude that can be developed, a habit that we can cultivate." — "By Faith and Hope, All Things Are Fulfilled", Elder Paul H. Dunn, General Conference, April 1987

"The true Christian, of course, does not see life as an easy passage: 'The cross comes before the crown and tomorrow is a Monday morning!' (C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory, Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1965, p. 14.) With ultimate hope, however, we can live cheerfully amid proximate insecurity. Life is a test in which man must overcome by faith, walking on the strait and narrow path which is surely no escalator but the path is there!" — "Shine As Lights in the World", Elder Neal A. Maxwell, General Conference, April 1983

"Because of our Savior's Atonement, in death's darkness there is no sting; in death's depression there is no victory. His resurrected light dispels the darkness, defeating the prince of darkness, with a brightness of eternal hope." — Elder Robert D. Hales, "In Remembrance of Jesus", General Conference, October 1997

"Every symbol, every teaching, every revealed principle is a reminder of his redeeming work, and every covenant and every ordinance points to him as the Savior and Redeemer of mankind (see 2 Ne. 11:4; Heb. 5:9). As a covenant people we ought to maintain ever present in our minds the fact of our fallen condition and live with the sure hope of being forgiven of our sins and being drawn to God through the Savior." — Carlos H. Amado, "Learning to Live for Eternal Life," Ensign, Aug. 1995, p. 40

"May I be bold enough to suggest that it is impossible for anyone who really knows God to doubt his willingness to receive us with open arms in a divine embrace if we will but 'come unto him.' There certainly can and will be plenty of external difficulties in life; nevertheless, the soul that comes unto Christ dwells within a personal fortress, a veritable palace of perfect peace. 'Whoso hearkeneth unto me,' Jehovah says, 'shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil' (Prov. 1:33)." — Jeffrey R. Holland, "Come unto Me," Ensign, Apr. 1998, p. 19

"Have you heard the old statement that 'hope springs eternal'? It can only be true if that hope springs from him who is eternal." — Russell M. Nelson, "A More Excellent Hope," Ensign, Feb. 1997, p. 61

"Have you noticed in the scriptures that hope seldom stands alone? Hope is often linked with faith. Hope and faith are commonly connected to charity. Why? Because hope is essential to faith; faith is essential to hope; faith and hope are essential to charity. They support one another like legs on a three-legged stool. All three relate to our Redeemer." — Russell M. Nelson, "A More Excellent Hope," Ensign, Feb. 1997, p. 61

"In the message of the Divine Redeemer there is an offer of hope to all, of great power to parents and to any who may at times feel poor in spirit, downtrodden, or unloved. It is the transcending hope of a new birth. There is a great freedom for those who are born of the Spirit. They can be like the wind that bloweth where it listeth, and no man knoweth 'whence it cometh, and whither it goeth' (John 3:8). Thus, being twice born, they can be free from the restricting shackles of self-pity, doubt, discouragement, and loneliness and be lifted up in lofty and noble pursuits. 'They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint' (Isa. 40:31)." — James E. Faust, "A Second Birth," Ensign, June 1998, p. 4–5

"Life's disappointments often represent the debris of our failed, proximate hopes. Instead, however, I speak of the crucial need for ultimate hope. Ultimate hope is a different matter. It is tied to Jesus and the blessings of the great Atonement, blessings resulting in the universal Resurrection and the precious opportunity provided thereby for us to practice emancipating repentance, making possible what the scriptures call 'a perfect brightness of hope' (2 Ne. 31:20)." - Neal A. Maxwell, "Hope through the Atonement of Jesus Christ," Ensign, Nov. 1998, p. 61

"The unfailing source of our hope is that we are sons and daughters of God and that His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, saved us from death. How can we know that Jesus truly is our Savior and Redeemer? In human terms His reality is almost undefinable, but His presence can be known unequivocally by the Spirit if we continually seek to live under the shadow of His influence. In the Book of Mormon we read the account of Aaron expounding the gospel to Lamoni's father. He told him, 'If thou wilt bow down before God . and call on his name in faith, believing that ye shall receive, then shalt thou receive the hope which thou desirest.' (Alma 22:16.) The old king followed this to the letter and received a witness of the truth that Aaron had imparted. As a result, he and all his household were converted and came to know the Lord." - James E. Faust, "Hope, an Anchor of the Soul," Ensign, November 1999, p. 60

"Happiness comes when scriptures are used in shaping our lives. They speak of the 'brightness of hope' (2 Ne. 31:20) for which we yearn. But if our hopes were narrowly confined only to moments in mortality, we should surely be disappointed. Our ultimate hope must be anchored to the Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ. He said, 'If you keep my commandments and endure to the end you shall have eternal life, which gift is the greatest of all the gifts of God.' (D&C 14:7)" - Russell M. Nelson, "A More Excellent Hope," Ensign, Feb. 1997, p. 63

"On those days when we have special need of heaven's help, we would do well to remember one of the titles given to the Savior in the epistle to the Hebrews. Speaking of Jesus' 'more excellent ministry' and why He is 'the mediator of a better covenant' filled with 'better promises,' this author—presumably the Apostle Paul—tells us that through His mediation and Atonement, Christ became 'an high priest of good things to come.' (Heb. 8:6; Heb. 9:11.)

"Every one of us has times when we need to know things will get better. Moroni spoke of it in the Book of Mormon as 'hope for a better world.' (Ether 12:4.) For emotional health and spiritual stamina, everyone needs to be able to look forward to some respite, to something pleasant and renewing and hopeful, whether that blessing be near at hand or still some distance ahead. It is enough just to know we can get there, that however measured or far away, there is the promise of 'good things to come.'" - Jeffrey R. Holland, "An High Priest of Good Things to Come," Ensign, Nov. 1999, 36

"Being blessed with hope, let us, as disciples, reach out to all who, for whatever reason, have 'moved away from the hope of the gospel' (Col. 1:23). Let us reach to lift hands which hang hopelessly down.

"Hope beckons all of us to come home where a glow reflects the Light of the World, whose 'brightness and glory defy all description' (JS—H 1:17). Jesus waits 'with open arms to receive' those who finally overcome by faith and hope (Morm. 6:17). His welcome will consist not of a brief, loving pat but, instead, of being 'clasped in the arms of Jesus'! (Morm. 5:11)." - Neal A. Maxwell, “Brightness of Hope,” Ensign, Nov. 1994, 36

"Why do we keep on hoping? It is said that 'hope springs eternal,' and it's good it does, for it gives us something to live for, to strive for, to hope for. But why? Why does hope spring eternal? Why do we keep coming back and back after so many defeats? Simply because God is eternal and God is hope (as well as love-and they may be the same) and we are His children. Therefore, as He is the embodiment of hope and has a fullness of hope, there is planted deep within each of us something we cannot deny, for it is part of the very essence of ourselves; and that is what we call, in mortality, hope." - John H. Groberg, "Hope," p.48

"Just as doubt, despair, and desensitization go together, so do faith, hope, and charity. The latter, however, must be carefully and constantly nurtured, whereas despair, like dandelions, needs so little encouragement to sprout and spread. Despair comes so naturally to the natural man!" - Neal A. Maxwell, "Brightness of Hope," Ensign (CR), November 1994, p.34

"The hope of the world is the Prince of Peace—our Creator, Savior, Jehovah, and Judge. He offers us the good life, the abundant life, and eternal life. Peaceful—even prosperous—living can come to those who abide His precepts and follow His pathway to peace. This I declare to all the world." - Russell M. Nelson, "Blessed Are the Peacemakers," Ensign (CR), November 2002, p.39

"Having ultimate hope does not mean we will always be rescued from proximate problems, but we will be rescued from everlasting death! Meanwhile, ultimate hope makes it possible to say the same three words used centuries ago by three valiant men. They knew God could rescue them from the fiery furnace, if He chose. 'But if not,' they said, nevertheless, they would still serve Him! (
Dan. 3:18.)" - Neal A. Maxwell, "Brightness of Hope," Ensign (CR), November 1994, p.34

"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. In times of distress, we can hold tightly to the hope that things will 'work together for [our] good' as we follow the counsel of God’s prophets. This type of hope in God, His goodness, and His power refreshes us with courage during difficult challenges and gives strength to those who feel threatened by enclosing walls of fear, doubt, and despair." - Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "The Infinite Power of Hope," General Conference, October 2008

“If in this life only we had hope of our Savior, if it were only in this life that we could enjoy the sweets of our religion, they would be insufficient to strengthen us for the trying ordeals through which we are called to pass.  But our religion points to the future.  It is that which lifts the [veil] that hides the future from the gaze of the world, which brings things past to remembrance and shows us things to come, which teaches us concerning our relationship with God, with time, with eternity. And the glorious thought of the resurrection comes like a balm to our sorrowing spirits, for we have received the promise that though our bodies are laid away in mother earth for a season, they shall come forth clothed upon with immortality and eternal life; that though we die, we shall live again, even as the sun which sets rises on the morrow with a greater and a brighter [luster].  We have this hope within us, for God has implanted it there.  This is what comforts us, to know that this life is only one among many scenes through which we have passed, and through which we will pass in the future.” – Orson F. Whitney, at the funeral of Louisa Free Wells, June 20, 1886

"And what kind of existence can we hope for? Those who come unto Christ, repent of their sins, and live in faith will reside forever in peace. Think of the worth of this eternal gift. Surrounded by those we love, we will know the meaning of ultimate joy as we progress in knowledge and in happiness. No matter how bleak the chapter of our lives may look today, because of the life and sacrifice of Jesus Christ, we may hope and be assured that the ending of the book of our lives will exceed our grandest expectations. 'Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.'" - Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "The Infinite Power of Hope," (CR) October 2008

"Because we know we are living not just for this life, but for another, eternal one as well, we look at life's events differently. As you review the last year or the last ten years, what is the best day you remember? A person without hope centered in Christ may choose a day that was simply fun or easy. But the best day may really have been the one when life's events forced you to your knees to communicate with your Father with new intent; it may have been a day that wasn't convenient or even happy, but you became a bigger and better person when you faced a problem with courage." - Dwan J. Young, "The Light of Hope," Ensign (CR), November 1986, p. 85

The Lord has given us the comforting assurance that “if ye are prepared ye shall not fear.” (D&C 38:30.) The gospel of Jesus Christ teaches hope and opportunity. To find the happiness we are seeking and rid ourselves of fear, we must be prepared to follow the system and order the Lord has established for His children here on earth. - L. Tom Perry, "When Ye Are Prepared, Ye Shall Not Fear," Ensign (CR) October 1981

Look closely at Paul’s counsel: “Continue in faith,” he said, issuing a charge to be strong in your testimony, be steadfast, press forward. “Grounded and settled,” he said, which suggests putting your roots down in good gospel ground, hold on, be secure, grow strong. “Be not moved away from the hope of the gospel,” he cautioned, for it is the hope of the gospel that keeps circumstances, trials, disappointments, and daily experiences in proper perspective. The hope of the gospel includes the promise of peace and comfort from the Holy Ghost. Many distractions or even slight variations draw us away from the important work we have been placed on earth to do. And soon the hope of the gospel, so necessary in our eternal progression, is set aside to allow for the immediate matters of today. - Elaine L. Jack, "Grounded, Settled, and Full of Hope," Ensign, March 1996

The Lord wants us to be filled with hope—not just because it points us to a brighter tomorrow, but because it changes the quality of our lives today. Hopeless may be the saddest word in our language. Despair is the enemy of our souls. It can paralyze us, halt our progress, and cause us to lose our way. But hope awakens us like a light shining in the darkness. - Dwan J. Young, "The Light of Hope," Ensign (CR) November 1986

With daily prayer, scripture study, and our feet firmly planted on the road to the celestial kingdom, we have a “perfect brightness of hope” (2 Ne. 31:20). There will be some steep climbs ahead, but our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has covenanted and promised to climb with each of us every step of the way. Think of it! - Ardeth G. Kapp, "A Time for Hope," Ensign (CR) November 1986

Never surrender.

Never allow despair to overcome your spirit.

Embrace and rely upon the Hope of Israel, for the love of the Son of God pierces all darkness, softens all sorrow, and gladdens every heart. - Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "The Infinite Power of Hope," Ensign (CR) October 2008

We have a hope in Christ here and now. He died for our sins. Because of Him and His gospel, our sins are washed away in the waters of baptism; sin and iniquity are burned out of our souls as though by fire; and we become clean, we have a clear conscience, and we gain that peace which passeth understanding. - Spencer W. Kimball, "The Lord Expects Righteousness," Ensign (CR) November 1982

Peace in this life is based upon faith and testimony. We can all find hope from our personal prayers and gain comfort from the scriptures. Priesthood blessings lift us and sustain us. Hope also comes from direct personal revelation, to which we are entitled if we are worthy. We also have the security of living in a time when a prophet who holds and exercises all of the keys of God's kingdom is on the earth. - James E. Faust, "Hope, an Anchor of the Soul," Ensign (CR), November 1999, p. 59

If in our homes and in our business affairs, if in our lives everywhere, we will go about radiating that love that should be in every heart, that kindness that should possess every Latter-day Saint, (and particularly in these times when conditions are so serious for many) many men and many women will rise up to call us blessed, not only for the creature comforts that we may bestow, but because of the hope of eternal life that we have been the instruments in the hands of God of placing before them in a comprehensive way. - George Albert Smith, "Conference Report," October 1931, Afternoon Meeting, p. 122

We have much reason to hope. Joy can be ours if we are willing to sacrifice all for the Lord. Then we can look forward to the infinitely priceless possibility of overcoming all the challenges of this life. Then we will be with the Savior forever and, as President Brigham Young also said, "anticipate enjoying the glory, excellency and exaltation which God has prepared for the faithful." - James E. Faust, "Where Do I Make My Stand?", Ensign (CR), November 2004, p.18

And to all who suffer—to all who feel discouraged, worried, or lonely—I say with love and deep concern for you, never give in.
Never surrender.
Never allow despair to overcome your spirit.
Embrace and rely upon the Hope of Israel, for the love of the Son of God pierces all darkness, softens all sorrow, and gladdens every heart. – Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “The Infinite Power of Hope,” Ensign (CR) November 2008

There may be times when we have been hurt, when we are tired, and when our lives seem dark and cold. There may be times when we cannot see any light on the horizon, and we may feel like giving up. If we are willing to believe, if we desire to believe, if we choose to believe, then the Savior’s teachings and example will show us the pathway forward. – L. Whitney Clayton, “Choose to Believe,” Ensign (CR) May 2015

Admittedly we have ample reason to be deeply concerned because we see no immediate answers to the seemingly unsolvable problems confronting the human family. But regardless of this dark picture, which will ultimately get worse, we must never allow ourselves to give up hope! Moroni, having seen our day, counseled, “Wherefore, there must be faith; and if there must be faith there must also be hope.” (Moro. 10:20.) –
M. Russell Ballard, “The Joy of Hope Fulfilled,” Ensign (CR) November 1992 

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