Doctrine and Covenants, 1835

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Lecture 2
LECTURE SECOND.
 
Of Faith.
 
SECTION II.
 
1 Having shown in our previous lecture “faith its elf—what it is,” we shall proceed to show secondly  the object on which it rests.
2 We here observe that God is the only supreme  governor, and independent being, in whom all fulness  and perfection dwells; who is omnipotent, omnipres ent and omnicient; without beginning of days or end  of life; and that in him every good gift, and every  good principle dwells; and that he is the Father of  lights: In him the principle of faith dwells indepen dently; and he is the object in whom the faith of all  other rational and accountable beings centers, for life  and salvation.
3 In order to present this part of the subject in a  clear and conspicuous point of light, it is necessary  to go back and show the evidences which mankind  have had, and the foundation on which these eviden ces are, or were based, since the creation, to believe  in the existence of a God.
4 We do not mean those evidences which are man ifested by the works of creation, which we daily be hold with our natural eyes: we are sensible, that af ter a revelation of Jesus Christ, the works of creation,  throughout their vast forms and varieties, clearly ex hibit his eternal power and Godhead. Romans 1:20.  For the invisible things of him from the creation of  the world are clearly seen, being understood by the  things that are made: even his eternal power and  Godhead. But we mean those evidences by which  the first thoughts were suggested to the minds of men  that there was a God who created all things.
5 We shall now proceed to examine the situation of [p. [12]]
Lecture 2
LECTURE SECOND.
 
Of Faith.
 
SECTION II.
 
1 Having shown in our previous lecture “faith itself—what it is,” we shall proceed to show secondly the object on which it rests.
2 We here observe that God is the only supreme governor, and independent being, in whom all fulness and perfection dwells; who is omnipotent, omnipresent and omnicient; without beginning of days or end of life; and that in him every good gift, and every good principle dwells; and that he is the Father of lights: In him the principle of faith dwells independently; and he is the object in whom the faith of all other rational and accountable beings centers, for life and salvation.
3 In order to present this part of the subject in a clear and conspicuous point of light, it is necessary to go back and show the evidences which mankind have had, and the foundation on which these evidences are, or were based, since the creation, to believe in the existence of a God.
4 We do not mean those evidences which are manifested by the works of creation, which we daily behold with our natural eyes: we are sensible, that after a revelation of Jesus Christ, the works of creation, throughout their vast forms and varieties, clearly exhibit his eternal power and Godhead. Romans 1:20. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made: even his eternal power and Godhead. But we mean those evidences by which the first thoughts were suggested to the minds of men that there was a God who created all things.
5 We shall now proceed to examine the situation of [p. [12]]
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