Hope with a Capital H

Have you seen this video? I watched it a while back and was struck by something I didn’t know before. Right about the 8:30 mark.

Hope is a doctrine of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is often grouped in with faith and charity, both of which we hear a lot about and there is plethora of information on, but hope as a doctrinal principle is not something I’ve ever heard of much as a Latter-Day Saint.

I wanted to know more. I wanted to understand. I have felt hope in my life when all seemed hopeless, and I wanted to understand it’s deeper meaning.

I felt the best place to start was the scriptures, so I pulled out my paper set and opened to “Hope” in the topical guide. (You might notice that next to the topic title are some parentheses encouraging you to also see Expectation, Faith, and Trust. Good words.)

I started at the top, fully expecting not to find much in the Old Testament, because I haven’t figured out how to crack the message there yet, but was surprised to find powerful words on the subject:

Psalms 16:8-11: I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

Psalms 33:18-22: Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine. Our soul waiteth for the Lord: he is our help and our shield. For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name. Let thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we hope in thee.

Psalms 42:11: Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

Proverbs 13:12: Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.

Jeremiah 17:7: Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.

Joel 3:16: The Lord also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the Lord will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.

And also in the New Testament:

Romans 8:24-25: For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

Romans 15:4, 13: For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

1 Corinthians 9:10:…he that ploweth should plow in hope; and that he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope.

Hebrews 3:6: Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.

Hebrews 6:11,12,19,20: And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus…

1 John 3:1-3: Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

In the middle of my thinking about all this, I had one of those provident life moments where I was able to catch up with an old Bishop that I truly admire. My husband and I stayed in the home of he and his wife for a week, which awarded me opportunities to have late night and early morning chats with this dear friend. During one of our conversations, he mentioned the principle of compensation, which was another idea that hadn’t occurred to me. He explained it as the promise that the trials, tests, and hardships we endure in this life will be made up to us in the next with joy and peace.

I had some understanding of that as I’ve been promised that because my grief has been so great, my capacity for joy is that much greater.

Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin has said, “The Lord compensates the faithful for every loss. That which is taken away from those who love the Lord will be added unto them in His own way. While it may not come at the time we desire, the faithful will know that every tear today will eventually be returned a hundredfold with tears of rejoicing and gratitude.”

I have seen the principle of compensation in my life as stalwart and loving men have been placed in my path to compensate for the loss of my fathers. I know that I have four amazing boys for that very reason as well.

I have an overwhelming hope and trust that the sorrow I carry with me here will not exist when I cross through the veil, and that my joy at seeing my loved ones will be incomprehesible.

I have hope in Jesus Christ.

 

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