I had an interesting discussion about hope with some of the folks I was home teaching and I thought I'd pass it along.
It seems that it is often easy to be down ourselves, to be overly critical of our mistakes or, worst of all, to entertain thoughts where we aren't worthy to receive the blessings of the Gospel. We picture ourselves as unloved, unwanted or unfit for the most choice blessings of our Heavenly Father.
When we entertain these thoughts or let them guide our decisions, we become false prophets. The blessings our Father has for us are immeasurable, but when we decide not to hope, we are predicting an outcome for our lives (in this estate and in the next) that is contrary to the Gospel plan.
Remember that the angels tell mankind to fear not, that they are delivering glad tidings of great joy. If we choose to be prophets of doom and gloom, we are cheating ourselves and those we may have influence or stewardship over away from the light.
You are a child of God and were created in His image. Your destiny is to be great. Have hope!