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24 Scriptures That Talk about Hope

By Mormon.org
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When life gets hard, it’s easy to get discouraged. Trials, lost opportunities, poor health, or the death of a loved one may leave us feeling forgotten and alone.

But, God never forgets us and He never leaves us on our own. As we put our trust in Him and His Son, Jesus Christ, we can find peace in this life, overcome challenges, be forgiven of our sins, and return home to a loving Heavenly Father.

Here are 24 scriptures to provide hope and encouragement in times of uncertainty.

Whom should we hope in?

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

Joel 3:16 “The Lord will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.”

Psalm 34:4 “I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.”

Romans 15:13 “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace and believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.”

Alma 36:3 “Whosoever shall put their trust in God shall be supported in their trials, and their troubles, and their afflictions, and shall be lifted up at the last day.”

Ether 12:4 “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.”

Matthew 11:28–30 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

Alma 7:11–12 “And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people. And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities.”

What should we hope in?

The Resurrection

1 Peter 1:3 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”

Alma 11:43 “The spirit and the body shall be reunited again in its perfect form; both limb and joint shall be restored to its proper frame, even as we now are at this time.”

Alma 40:23 “The soul shall be restored to the body, and the body to the soul; yea, and every limb and joint shall be restored to its body; yea, even a hair of the head shall not be lost; but all things shall be restored to their proper and perfect frame.”

Eternal Life

Moroni 7:41 “And what is it that ye shall hope for? Behold I say into 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.”

The Scriptures

Romans 15:4 “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”

Why should we have hope?

Personal Edification

1 John 3:2–3 “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.”

Alma 7:24 “And see that ye have faith, hope, and charity, and then ye will always abound in good works.”

Eternal Life

2 Nephi 31:20 “Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life.”

Ether 12:32 “And I also remember that thou hast said that thou hast prepared a house for man, yea, even among the mansions of thy Father, in which man might have a more excellent hope; wherefore man must hope, or he cannot receive an inheritance in the place which thou hast prepared.”

Relationship between Faith, Hope, and Charity

1 Corinthians 13:13 “And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”

Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

Alma 32:21 “And now as I said concerning faith—faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things; therefore if ye have faith ye hope for things which are not seen, which are true.”

Moroni 7:40 “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?”

Moroni 7:42–43 “Wherefore, if a man have faith he must needs have hope; for without faith there cannot be any hope. And again, behold I say unto you that he cannot have faith and hope, save he shall be meek, and lowly of heart.”

Moroni 10:20 “Wherefore, there must be faith; and if there must be faith there must also be hope; and if there must be hope there must also be charity.”

These scriptures teach us to have hope in God, our loving Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. The more we read about Them, the more we will learn to trust what They say. As we put our trust in God and Jesus Christ and act on their words, our hope—an assurance that They will fulfill Their promises—will grow. And with hope, we can be happy now, no matter our circumstances.