True believers in God 'hope for a better world'

Faith, hope and charity bring us to Christ. There is no greater feeling of despair than a loss of hope. The pain from the greatest tragedies of life are eased with hope, but are compounded in its absence. In reading Ether 12, one learns that real hope comes from a belief in and faith in God.

"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." (Verse 4.)

In his October 1994 general conference address, Elder Neal A. Maxwell of the Quorum of the Twelve explained that such hope is "retained through faith in Christ." (See Alma 25:16; Ether 12:9.)

"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! (Daniel 3:18.)

"Unsurprisingly, the triad of faith, hope and charity, which brings us to Christ, has strong and converging linkage: faith is in the Lord Jesus Christ, hope is in His atonement, and charity is the 'pure love of Christ!' (See Ether 12:28; Moroni 7:47.) Each of these attributes qualifies us for the celestial kingdom. (See Moroni 10:20-21; Ether 12:34.) Each, first of all, requires us to be meek and lowly. (See Moroni 7:39, 43.)

"Faith and hope are constantly interactive, and may not always be precisely distinguished or sequenced. Though not perfect knowledge either, hope's enlivened expectations are 'with surety' true. (Ether 12:4; see also Romans 8:24; Hebrews 11:1; Alma 32:21.) In the geometry of restored theology, hope has a greater circumference than faith. If faith increases, the perimeter of hope stretches cor- respondingly."

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