You are working hard to teach your children to have faith and charity.
What about hope?
Can teaching about hope also help your child?
So, so, so much.
“What is hope?
As near as I can tell, hope is light . . .
It is a light within us that pierces the darkness of doubt and discouragement
and taps into the light (hope) of all creation—even the Savior.”
You and I often speak of hope in a wishy-washy way.
“I hope my child will sleep through the night tonight”.
“I hope this summer won’t be too hot”.
That is not sufficient in the world we live in.
That isn’t the kind of hope that the Lord encloses
between the two massive gifts of faith and charity.
Real hope is a “confident expectation of and longing for the promised blessings of righteousness.”
Hope is confident?!?
Hope is just as massive a gift as faith or charity.
Heavenly Father’s type of hope is both powerful and essential.
In the Lord’s definition of hope there is great confidence, peace and joy.
You can see evidence of how the Lord uses hope throughout the Temple.
Think about the symbolism in the Temple.
Everything encourages you to look up.
The elevating power of hope is essential to your family’s ability to stay strong and focused on the Lord.
You and your family can look up and have confident hope that Heavenly Father’s plan will succeed.
Hope is an important part of the plan He prepared for your mistakes
and the mistakes of your children.
He knew you would have weaknesses.
Your children can have hope that despite of their sins,
there is a way for them to reach the Celestial kingdom
because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
Because of the rock upon which ye are built
“I bore my testimony one Sunday to the effect that I believed in the gospel and in Jesus Christ,
doubting only that I personally was capable and worthy of achieving eternal life.
My stake president later pointed out to me that I had no right to say that.
If I truly believed the Lord could save me,
I would believe that I had the capacity to take advantage of his atonement.
He told me that I must have faith both in the Lord and in myself.”
Not only can your children have confident hope that Heavenly Father has the power to save them,
they can also have a sure witness that Heavenly Father will help them be strong enough to do their part.
How important is that eternal kind of hope to the happiness of your children?
Can you teach your children hope?
Let’s think about it together.
Give them the ability to rise up as on eagles wings with hope
If your children are going to be strong enough
to pay the price to tap into the atonement of Christ,
live after the manner of happiness
and know Christ because they are like Christ,
they will clearly need the skill of having hope.
They will need hope that they can overcome their weaknesses through Christ
and their own effort;
Hope that in the end, they will be found securely on the right hand of God.
There is no uncertainty in God’s definition of hope.
They will need that certainty,
Give your children a “perfect brightness” of hope
Use the stories you love from the scriptures to help you teach your children just how powerful the gift of hope can be.
The heartwarming story of the prodigal son gives you a great opportunity to instill in your children’s hearts just how much Heavenly Father loves them.
You can assure them that they have every reason to hope that Heavenly Father will help them repent of their sins,
and like the prodigal, run back into His welcoming, generous arms.
They can act out the story with the help of these printable figures.
When you teach your children the story of the stripling warriors you have probably emphasized their bravery, obedience and faith.
What about the hope that these young saints exhibited?
The stripling warriors had hope that what their mothers lovingly taught them was true.
They had hope that Heavenly Father would protect them in the danger of deafening battle.
Tell the story again, but this time help your children see that hope was a fundamental part of their success.
Here is a link to printable figures to tell their story.
The people of King Benjamin are another wonderful example of the joy of healing hope.
Because the Holy Ghost softened their hearts and opened their minds,
King Benjamin’s people were filled with a “lively hope” that changed the trajectory of their lives.
Here is an illustrated version of the story that you can use to teach your children how true hope can help them be happy, confident and even healed.
“May we press forward with love in our hearts, walking in the “brightness of hope”
that lights the path of holy anticipation we have been on now for 200 years.
I testify that the future is going to be as miracle-filled
and bountifully blessed as the past has been.
We have every reason to hope for blessings even greater than those we have already
received because this is the work of Almighty God.
Teach your children to “abound in hope through the power of the Holy Ghost”
Your family can have solid hope for exaltation in the eternities.
Hope can also be an indispensable tool for your children to use today to get through the everyday challenges of life.
Bless your family with a clear understanding of the Lord’s definition of hope.
Give them the quiet assurance that if they “press forward” they shall receive their reward, even peace in this world, and “ eternal life in the world to come.”
Help your family find hope.
I would love to hear about your ideas and experiences teaching your family about hope.
Talk to me in the comments below.