An Anchor to the Souls of Men – Ether 12:4

4 Wherefore, whoso believeth in God might with surety hope for a better world, 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.

To hope is to expect a positive outcome in the future. Every day, we have experiences which test our hope in both long-term and short term outcomes. Think about the last time you tried to achieve a goal and got frustrated partway through, thinking, “I don’t know if this is going to be possible.” That is a universal experience. Resistance and friction are a part of this life (see 2 Nephi 2:11-12), and we are guaranteed to have frustrations and setbacks as we pursue any meaningful goal. The question is whether our hope is strong enough to keep us going in spite of the resistance.
As Moroni teaches above, faith in Jesus Christ gives us that hope. If we truly believe that He has all power and that He will support us, then we can overcome the discouragement and fear associated with the challenges we face and continue moving forward with optimism. As Howard W. Hunter taught:

We need to have faith and hope, two of the greatest fundamental virtues of any discipleship of Christ.We must continue to exercise confidence in God, inasmuch as that is the first principle in our code of belief. We must believe that God has all power, that he loves us, and that his work will not be stopped or frustrated in our individual lives or in the world generally. He will bless us as a people because he always has blessed us as a people. He will bless us as individuals because he always has blessed us as individuals (“An Anchor to the Souls of Men,” BYU Fireside Address, February 7, 1993).

 Today, I will overcome frustration through hope. I will remember my faith in Jesus Christ as I confront challenges and barriers. I will allow my hope to make me “sure and steadfast,” and I will not give up or become discouraged, even when my goals appear to be unachievable. I will continue to trust God and will act accordingly.

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