Life sure has a way of piling up and occasionally throwing us for a loop. Be it terrorism or disease, crime or depravity, injury or loss of income, death, divorce – you name it, how can we prepare ourselves to cope with whatever may be headed for us individually or collectively? Ether chapter 12 provides some great clues for spiritual preparation. Beginning in verse 3, which exhorts us to believe in God unto repentance, we move on to verse 4, which explains why we should. We learn there that faith in God brings hope, which acts as an anchor to our souls, making our souls sure and steadfast. People who can cope with the problems of everyday living are better able to abound in good works and help the Lord in His work to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man, whereby we glorify God (see Moses 1:39). With Moroni, I “would commend you to seek this Jesus of whom the prophets and apostles have written” (v. 41), for He is our coping power.