Long before we each were born, we had hope in important future events tied to the gospel of Jesus Christ, said this week’s BYU-Idaho devotional speaker.
“My goal this morning is to rekindle some of this great hope that each of us notably demonstrated so long ago,” said Stephen Turcotte, a faculty member in the BYU-Idaho Physics Department.
He defined hope quite early in his address.
“‘Hope is the confident expectation of, and longing for the promised blessings of righteousness.’ The scriptures often speak of hope as the anticipation of eternal life through faith and Jesus Christ. The principle of hope extends into the eternities, but it can also sustain us through the everyday challenges of life,” Turcotte said.
In an interview with BYU-Idaho Radio, Turcotte explained how he received his personal testimony of hope.
“Just a lot of sources,” Turcotte said. “Just seeing how hope is related to eternal blessings that come through righteousness, that come through the power of the Savior’s Atonement.”
Turcotte helped emphasize the importance of hope and the gospel and how they go hand-in-hand, especially in the last days.
“Hope is not an emotion. It isn’t a state of mind. It is much more powerful. It is spiritual in nature and it is also eternal. In the world there is none element of uncertainty when we hope. In the gospel there is surety to our hope,” Turcotte said.