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.
We know that faith in the abstract will not save us. The first principle of the gospel is not just “faith,” but rather “faith in the Lord Jesus Christ” (Articles of Faith 1:4). Our faith must be in the One who actually has the power to save us. (See “Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ,” Dallin H. Oaks, General Conference, April 1994).
Likewise, the gospel teaches us not just to hope but also what we should hope for. We all have many desires and wishes. We may have a bucket list or a set of aspirations. Some things we wish for will not happen in this life. Yet as disciples of Christ, we remain optimistic, not because we think everything will be okay today, but because we know that everything will be right in the end. Our ultimate hope, as Mormon teaches us in the passage above, is that we may obtain eternal life through the Atonement of our Savior. We will have ups and downs along the way, but our enduring hope will carry us forward and motivate us to keep moving and not to give up.
Today, I will let my hope for life eternal sustain my optimism through the challenges I face. I will remember that temporary setbacks are just that–temporary–and that my ultimate expectation is to overcome all obstacles and to return to live with my Heavenly Father in eternal glory.