Just discovered Busted Halo – looks like an excellent resource for those who want to learn more about faith in all its forms.
Helen, I like what you said here: we actually have to hope that he found salvation. I recently started a non-profit having to do with Christian missionary work and all along, an overarching idea in my mind is to have hope … not just for myself but for any person who happens across it. We all know we should love God, ourselves and others … but we often forget that we are supposed to also hope toward God, ourselves and, yes, others. Without that hope, there can be no love.
And hope is a fundamental thing you have to have if you want to be qualified to be a missionary:
And faith, hope, charity and love, with an eye single to the glory of God, qualify him for the work. – Doctrine & Covenants 4:5
Final thought for now – remember what the prophet Mormon said about hope:
And what is it that ye shall hope for? Behold I say unto you that ye shall have hope through the atonement of Christ and the power of his resurrection, to be raised unto life eternal, and this because of your faith in him according to the promise. – Moroni 7:41
My hope is that we have that hope not only for ourselves, but for everyone else too.
Which is why we do missionary work, right?