2 Nephi 31:20

In 2 Nephi 31:20 it says, “… ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men.” There is one phrase in that scripture that really caught my attention. “perfect brightness of hope”. What exactly is a perfect brightness of hope?
Perfect: “entirely without any flaws, defects, or shortcomings”
Brightness: “vivid or brilliant”
Hope: “the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best”
What I think this phrase means is that you have to have a flawless vivid hope. I think a lot of times that our hope in the Atonement and in Christ can be tarnished and not made perfect. To feel His true saving power we need to have a “perfect brightness of hope”. We have to believe that the Atonement is perfect without flaws.
I am by no means there. I find it easy for my hope to get tarnished and flawed. The world (culture of the world) has a tendency to help us not have a “perfect brightness of hope”.
As always, comments are welcomed. How do you think we can obtain a “perfect brightness of hope”? I think that this is what the world needs right now, a “perfect brightness of hope”!


  1. I think you are right about our hope being tarnished. I think the world today would rather focus on the negatives of the world and gloss over the positives. While the Savior would rather focus on our positives and help us to fix the negatives. I also think that we have to really believe IN Christ and in the atonement. Believe that He will do as he has promised and that He can and does understand all of our human emotions. Great thought. Thanks for making me thinking this afternoon. 🙂

  2. I think that the way I have hope is to do everything I can in my little sphere to make the world a better place. Plant a garden, help a neighbor, add to my food storage and savings… I think this is how we live the prophetic teaching that "if ye are prepared, ye shall not fear." After all, hope and faith are the opposite of fear. And once we do all we can and rely on the Savior, He will take care of the rest.

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