Wherefore, whoso believeth in God might with surety hope for a better world, yea, even a place at the right hand of God, which hope cometh of faith, maketh an anchor to the souls of men, which would make them sure and steadfast, always abounding in good works, being led to glorify God.
1. Press forward, Saints, with steadfast faith in Christ,
With hope’s bright flame alight in heart and mind,
With love of God and love of all mankind.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
2. Press forward, feasting on the word of Christ.
Receive his name, rejoicing in his might.
Come unto God; find everlasting light.
3. Press on, enduring in the ways of Christ.
His love proclaim thru days of mortal strife.
Thus saith our God: “Ye have eternal life!”
*Suitable for All Ages*
Begin by asking: What do you think of when you hear the word hope?
Read aloud: Hope is an essential part of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The type of hope we are to have is much different than the world often describes. Many people talk of hope like it is fleeting and by chance. They will say things like, “I hope it rains this weekend” or “I hope it all works out.”
Hope, as found through Christ, is sure and true. When we have hope, we trust the Lord will fulfill his promises and we can endure trials with patience and confidence in God’s eternal plan. In the scriptures, hope is often referred to as an anchor. It can hold us down as we face life’s stormy seas because we know who to trust and what will happen during the storm if we turn to Christ.
Ask: What are some things we can hope for because of Christ? [Possible answers include forgiveness of our sins, answers to prayers, warnings and guidance, peace, comfort, eternal life, the Resurrection.]
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Ask: How can we cultivate this type of hope in our own lives? What holds us back from hoping? What can we do to overcome these things?
Finish the lesson by sharing any personal experiences and bearing your testimony about the power of hope.
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-8 ounces cream cheese, light or regular, softened to room temperature
-1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) butter, softened to room temperature
-2 cups powdered sugar, plus more for a stiffer consistency, if needed
-5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
-5 tablespoons cocoa powder, regular or Dutch-process
-2 tablespoons brown sugar
-1 teaspoon vanilla
-2-4 tablespoons milk
-Chocolate chips for garnish (optional)
-Pretzels, strawberries, graham crackers, animal crackers, apples for dipping
In a large bowl with a handheld electric mixer or in the bowl of an electric stand mixer, whip together the cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy, 1-2 minutes. Add 2 cups of the powdered sugar. Mix well. Add the flour, cocoa powder, brown sugar, vanilla and 2 tablespoons milk. Mix until fluffy and smooth. Add additional powdered sugar and/or milk, if needed, until desired consistency is reached. The dip should be soft enough to easily dip a pretzel in but not so soft that it spreads out.
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Ping Pong Race
You’ll need ping pong balls, plastic cups, and tape. Tape plastic cups to the end of a table or counter. Huff and puff the ping pong balls across until someone gets them in a plastic cup. If they are available, use empty paper towel rolls to blow through.