What Is It That Ye Shall Hope For? – Moroni 7:40-42

40 And again, my beloved brethren, I would speak unto you concerning hope. How is it that ye can attain unto faith, save ye shall have hope?
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.
42 Wherefore, if a man have faith he must needs have hope; for without faith there cannot be any hope.

Faith and hope are inseparable. If you have faith, you have hope, and if you have hope, you have faith.

  • To have faith is to believe in something that you don’t see, but which is true (Alma 32:21). Faith always motivates us to action; it is more than passive belief (Gospel Topics, “Faith“). The first principle of the gospel is faith in Jesus Christ (Articles of Faith, 4).
  • To have hope is to believe that a specific, positive future outcome will occur. Hope as a gospel principle is not just a wish or a dream, but is a “confident expectation” (Gospel Topics, “Hope“). If we have faith in Jesus Christ, we also have hope that we will inherit eternal life through His Atonement.
I find it easier to recognize a deficiency in my hope than in my faith. I may be able to testify with conviction that Jesus is the Christ, yet waver in my confidence that He will save me from my particular shortcomings or challenges. As Mormon teaches us in the passage above, “If a man have faith he must needs have hope.” And so my doubts about my own future is an indication of imperfect faith. As I strengthen my faith, I can simultaneously strengthen my hope. 
Today, I will work to strengthen my faith in Jesus Christ, knowing that faith brings hope, and that stronger faith in the Savior will bring peace and confidence into my life. 

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