Sept. 11: What I hope for, eight years later

"Whoso believeth in God might with surety hope for a better world... which would make them sure and steadfast, always abounding in good works, being led to glorify God." (Ether 12:4)

If I was graded right now on my discipleship, I think the only subject I'd pass would be "hope."

Yes, I'm pretty sure I could manage an A in hope, though I would probably request an extension for the rest of my Christ-like attributes.

You see, I've taken a peek at my progress report.

When you're in the Missionary Training Center, you're required to take various self-assessment quizzes in order to track your progress. One evaluates your language ability, another estimates your teaching skill, etcetera, etcetera.

But the one that is perhaps most telling -- if not in its numerical results, at least in the missionaries' response to it -- is the Christ-like attribute assessment.

When you fill out this quiz, you rate yourself, using a scale ranging from "never" to "always," on a variety of qualities presumably possessed by the Savior.

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