In Hebrews 6, Paul describes hope as an anchor for our souls, characterizing it as “both sure and steadfast” (Hebrews 6:19). He talks about how, since Christ has entered the kingdom of God, we can all have hope to do the same. In writing on the same topic, Moroni uses similar language. In Ether 12, he says we can trust in a better world and a place in the kingdom of God because of hope, which serves as an anchor for our souls, making them “sure and steadfast” (Ether 12:4).
Paul and Moroni were both men who embodied hope in Christ; in their teachings, they consistently testify of His power to overcome whatever obstacle we may face in this life. This hope is seen in Ben Crowder’s artwork entitled “Come unto Christ.” The title comes from some of Moroni’s last words in the Book of Mormon: “come unto Christ, and be perfected in him” (Moroni 10:32). Crowder illustrates this invitation through a series of red circles, made more and more uniform as they approach a white circle on the right side of the image. The white circle represents Christ and the red circles represent us on our journey back to Him. We are not perfect, but through practice and over time, we become a little better every day. We, like Moroni and Paul, can allow our hope in Christ to anchor our souls to Him.-Emma Belnap, Research Assistant