"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."
Yesterday we had a lesson in Relief Society about faith, and it was really interesting... made me think about this chapter, where faith and hope and charity are all interwoven. One of the questions that we were asked in the lesson is "Why do we need faith?" ... and you know, that seems so obvious that I rarely think about it, so I was really glad for the question because it made me think. Why... and what I was thinking was basically this scripture. That we have to know that there is something out there greater than ourselves. We have to know that when we have screwed up for the last time, when we are lower than we have ever been... that there is someone with the power to pull us out, brush us off, and stand us back on our feet again. A Saviour. Faith is the power to move mountains... but before we attempt that, it is just the basic power to move ourselves. To know why we get up in the morning... to know that the test isn't all of existence.
And it isn't necessarily easy to have faith OR hope (or charity, but let's not get into that, or this will be 94 pages long) ... you have to trust, and be vulnerable... and recognize that God knows what is going on in your life a lot better than you do. That's hard. ... and we have people out there telling us that our hope and our faith is unfounded, and all that exists is the test... but not even the test... just life, and we should just do whatever we want, because there is no point to any of it... just a nice-sounding lie. But the whole thing is that Faith is what offers meaning to our lives... with hope mixed in there... and the crazy thing is to believe that we don't affect each other, and that there IS no meaning, and no Saviour.