"Genuine hope is urgently needed in order to be more loving even as the love of many waxes cold; more merciful, even when misunderstood or misrepresented; more holy, even as the world ripens in iniquity; more courteous and patient in a coarsening and curt world; and more full of heartfelt hope, even when other men’s hearts fail them. Whatever our particular furrow, we are to 'plow in hope,' without looking back or letting yesterday hold tomorrow hostage (1 Cor. 9:10).
"Hope can be contagious, so we are to be 'ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh … a reason of the hope that is in [us]' (1 Pet. 3:15)."
Elder Neal A. Maxwell, “‘Brightness of Hope’,” Ensign, Nov 1994, 34