President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Second counselor, First Presidency

"Hope is one leg of a three-legged stool, together with faith and charity. These three stabilize our lives regardless of the rough or uneven surfaces we might encounter ... Hope has the power to fill our lives with happiness. Its absence, when this desire of our hearts is delayed, can made the heart sick.

"Hope is a gift of the spirit. It is a hope that through the atonement of Christ and the power of his resurrection, we shall be raised unto life eternal ... We have the responsibility to make it an active part of our lives and overcome the temptation to lose hope."

In opposition to hope, despair "drains from us all that is vibrant and joyful and leaves behind the empty remnants of what life was meant to be." It "kills ambition, advances sickness, pollutes the soul and deadens the heart."

"Hope is not knowledge, but rather the abiding trust that the Lord will fulfill his promises ... 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," manifest in confidence, optimism, enthusiasm and perseverance.

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