Hope in the Lord is the Anchor of Our Existence

AUGURI!!!! Per la festa del papà!!!! HAPPY FATHERS DAY DADDY!!!!!

I got serenaded on a bus today by an old man, in his song he sung about my beautiful smile and hair and how beautiful I was… It was really weird! Old people here like to tell us that we’re beautiful, it’s great! Haha!!

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What’s going on in the world? The ward? Your lives?

I started my study on hope this week, and obviously in the scriptures it is inseparably linked with faith, and also with charity (the Christlike attribute after hope in Preach My Gospel). There were some quotes I liked in PMG about hope when I first started studying on Wednesday, and from my initial study I’ve concluded that we will never attain exaltation in the next life if we do not hope for it, if we don’t believe that we can attain it through Christ and his atonement.

“Hope in the Lord is the anchor of our existence, the compelling force at carries us forward on wings of faith toward the realisation of our destiny as Sons and Daughters of God. A life without hope is empty, but a life with hope is filled with light and meaning, a life of exuberance in doing the will of the Lord, a life devoted to the preparations required for the fulfilment of our divine promises of glory, exaltation and eternal life.” Richard J. Allen.

Hope is a trust that the Lord will never leave your side, that he keeps his promises. “Hope is believe it that the Atonement has meaning for you”, that when we use the atonement coupled with faith we will become strong (Ether 12:27). Hope dispels fear and feelings of inadequacy. “When you have hope, you work through trials and difficulties with the confidence and assurance that all things work together for your good” PMG p117. Hope brings you through hard times and gives you the strength to carry on knowing you will be stronger than before. “Hope is trust in God’s promises, faith that if we act now, the desired blessings will be fulfilled in the future…The unfailing source of hope is that we are sons and daughters of God and that His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, saved us from death” James E. Faust. Our source of hope is Jesus Christ, our Redeemer and Saviour.
The reason we can receive exaltation.

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I also read a talk by Steven E. Snow called ‘Hope’ from April 2011 General Conference, it was really good – I totally recommended reading it! I came across it when I studied 2 Nephi 31:20 and wanted to know what a “perfect brightness of hope” was. I came to the conclusion that this “perfect brightness of hope” is believing and trusting that in the end everything will work out for the best, that everything will be alright in the end. It’s believing and trusting that we can rely on the Saviour and his Atonement to make it through – that we will never be alone as he was in the garden of Gethsemane. A “perfect brightness of hope” leads us to find the strength to go on enduring to the end.

“This “perfect brightness of hope” of which Nephi speaks is the hope in the Atonement, eternal salvation made possible by the sacrifice of our Saviour. This hope has led men and women through the ages to do remarkable things. Apostles of old roamed the earth and testified of Him and ultimately gave their lives in His service.” Steven E. Snow, Hope, April 2011.

(Alma 58:10-11) – It is through hope that we humble ourselves to come unto him and find peace. Trusting in him that he will lead us to where we need to be, and what we should do.

(Ether 12:4) – Use our hope to stand tall and strong knowing that what you stand for is right, and working towards making the world a better place because you know that you can make a difference. Hope spurs you on toward that goal.

(Ether 12:32) – Without hope you don’t trust that the Lord will help you to where you need to go. You won’t trust that he will provide a way for you to live an exalted life. Without hope you cannot use the Atonement because you don’t believe it has meaning for you.

(D&C 138:14) – Will you live your life working towards this goal, believing and trusting that you can attain exaltation thought the Atonement and grace of our Redeemer? It is possible because he loves you and will never leave your side.

(Romans 8:24-25) – Like faith, remember at hope requires trust in the Lord. Trusting in something you cannot see or touch because it isn’t physically tangible. The Lord knows it is tough to have hope in things you cannot see, so he is patient with us. Remember to be patient with yourself too.

Sorry that was so long…! I just wanted to share everything that I’ve studied on hope this week, hope really is more than just wishful thinking and long-shot dreams.

This week we had a scambio! It was so good to do more finding again! And I realised that I know my way (somewhat!) around Foggia! I saw so many miracles during that time with Sorella Ensign, I realised that I can take the lead in lessons and speak more Italian than I thought. Although Italian is still difficult, I know that I have come such a distance with only being in Italy for 2 months. I can have conversations and teach lessons and most importantly, I can order gelato! Hahah!

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Also saw Anziano Vrska, he came back to fill out some things for his permesso (visa) so it was cool to see him, get a pizza and meet his companion Anziano Borner. ’Twas cool just to catch up a little and have our first family reunion! Hahah!

Today we went to Alberobello, this really cool town about 3 hours away from Foggia. TOTALLY worth the trek! The little truli houses are so beautiful and the history behind them dates back to the 6th Century! Went a bit snap happy with the camera though! We’re allowed to leave our area once a transfer for Pday, so that’s why we were able to travel so far!

It is SO HOT here in the Fodge (pronounced faux-gge) got up to 39°C and with the humidity it’s crazy! I’m getting sweaty and its gross! Oh well, I’m not here to look good 😉

I love you un sacco!!!

It’s not about me, it’s not about us.

Hope you have a lovely week!

Sorella Maja Tacchi xxx

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