The Hope That is In Me

What It Means for Me to Be Religious and to Believe in God

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While coming to terms with some experiences that challenged my faith, I decided to take stock and determine which things matter most and ought to come first in my life. I turned to Jesus’s teachings about the first and second great commandments. Loving God and loving others as the self. Endeavoring to live my life to those ends has made all the difference. It is the reason for the hope that is in me.

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About the Author

M. Gerald Bradford

M. Gerald Bradford (Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara) served as Associate Executive Director and then Executive Director of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship at Brigham Young University until his retirement in 2016.

Table of Contents

  • What It Means to Me to Follow the First and Second Great Commandments
  • What Living in the New and Everlasting Covenant Means to Me
  • What I Believe About the Good News and the Restoration
  • What It Means to Me to Be Religious
  • What It Means to Me to Believe in God
  • My Core Beliefs About God
  • Notes
  • Works Cited
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Publication Information

  • Publication Month: December
  • Publication Year: 2020
  • Language: English,
  • Page Count: 119

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