Dieter F. Uchtdorf “The Infinite Power of Hope.” Ensign OCT 2008
What do we hope for?
How do we get hope?
Romans 15:13. It is a gift from the Holy Ghost and an attribute of God. Another way in Romans 15:4. The scriptures give us comfort and hope. As others got through things—so can we.
If hope is a Godly attribute (from Romans 15:13) what do the scriptures teach us he hopes for?
Moses 1:39. The same thing that we are to hope for. When we exercise hope in God’s promises, we get Psalms 33:22 (mercy). Mercy is described as compassionate treatment. This mercy allows us to understand trials (2 Nephi 2:24) and gives us the strength (in the scriptures this is called grace. Bible Dictionary describes it as, “divine means of help or strength, given through the bounteous mercy and love of Jesus Christ.”) to get through them. Thus hope, pushes us to faith and action. When we have hope that we can gain eternal life (Moroni 7:41) then we act in a way that we know will be pleasing to God and qualify us for that promised blessing. An example in Alma 26:27-31. They were in a difficult situation, but they had hope, this brought the mercy of God to help them through, which led them to act—they had to do very difficult things—and brought about the realization of their hope—the conversion of the Lamanites.
Quotes from Talk
Hope is not knowledge, but rather the abiding trust that the Lord will fulfill His promise to us. It is confidence that if we live according to God’s laws and the words of His prophets now, we will receive desired blessings in the future. It is believing and expecting that our prayers will be answered. It is manifest in confidence, optimism, enthusiasm, and patient perseverance.
Hope is critical to both faith and charity. When disobedience, disappointment, and procrastination erode faith, hope is there to uphold our faith. When frustration and impatience challenge charity, hope braces our resolve and urges us to care for our fellowmen even without expectation of reward. The brighter our hope, the greater our faith. The stronger our hope, the purer our charity.