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Why Jesus Christ Gives Us Hope

By Comeuntochrist.org
Jesus teaching in the temple

Life is difficult. There’s no shortage of challenges for any of us, and sometimes life can feel hopeless. But no matter what your challenge is, you can find hope and receive relief through our Savior, Jesus Christ.

"In mortality we have the certainty of death and the burden of sin,” said Apostle Dallin H. Oaks. “The Atonement of Jesus Christ offsets these two certainties of mortal life. But apart from death and sin, we have many other challenges as we struggle through mortality. Because of that same Atonement, our Savior can provide us the strength we need to overcome these mortal challenges."

Death is not the end.

Endings are hard. There seems to be something in us that resists them. Death is no different.

"In light of what we know about our eternal destiny, is it any wonder that whenever we face the bitter endings of life, they seem unacceptable to us?” said Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency. “We are eternal beings, children of the Almighty God, whose name is Endless and who promises eternal blessings without number. Endings are not our destiny.”

Even though all of us will face death, we can have hope in the Resurrection (see 1 Corinthians 15:22).

Apostle James E. Faust said: "As the only sinless Man who ever lived on this earth, He was not subject to spiritual death. Because of His godhood, He also possessed power over physical death. Thus He did for us what we cannot do for ourselves. He broke the cold grasp of death." 

Because Christ rose from the dead, each of us will live again. Our spirits will be reunited with perfected bodies, free from pain and disease, never to be separated again.

The Savior wants to forgive.

Another cause of suffering we all experience is sin. When we sin, we distance ourselves from God. But that gap can be filled and our suffering can be relieved through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.

“I testify that the Savior is able and eager to forgive our sins,” said Apostle Neil L. Andersen. “Divine forgiveness is one of the sweetest fruits of the gospel, removing guilt and pain from our hearts and replacing them with joy and peace of conscience.”

As we turn to the Savior and repent of our sins, we can be forgiven (see D&C 19:16) and our pain can be erased.

He will support us in our trials.

There will be times when each of us will feel that we are going it alone, that no one could possibly understand what we are going through. But Christ knows.

"Since the Savior has suffered anything and everything we could ever feel or experience, He can help the weak to become stronger,” said James E. Faust. “He has personally experienced all of it. He understands our pain and will walk with us even in our darkest hours."

Though our trials may seem more than we can bear right now, we need not fear (see D&C 50:41); Christ can overcome them all.