Doctrine and Covenants, 1835

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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Q. What testimony have men, in the first instance, that  there is a God?
A. Human testimony, and human testimony only. -[§ii.  ¶ 56.]-
Q. What excited the ancient saints to seek diligently after a  knowledge of the glory of God, his perfections and attributes?
A. The credence they gave to the testimony of their fathers.  -[§ ii. ¶ 56.]-
Q. How do men obtain a knowledge of the glory of God, his  perfections and attributes?
A. By devoting themselves to his service, through prayer and  supplication incessantly, strengthening their faith in him, until  like Enoch, the brother of Jared, and Moses, they obtain a  manifestation of God to themselves. -[§ ii. ¶ 55.]-
Q. Is the knowledge of the existence of God a matter of mere  tradition, founded upon human testimony alone, until a person  receives a manifestation of God to themselves?
A. It is.
Q. How do you prove it?
A. From the whole of the first lecture of the second section.
 
Lecture 3
LECTURE THIRD.
 
Of Faith.
 
SECTION III.
 
1 In the second lecture it was shown, how it was  that the knowledge of the existence of God, came in to the world, and by what means the first thoughts  were suggested to the minds of men, that such a be ing did actually exist: and that it was by reason of  the knowledge of his existence, that there was a foun dation laid for the exercise of faith in him, as the on ly being in whom faith could center for life and sal vation. For faith could not center in a being of whose  existence we had no idea; because the idea  of his existence in the first instance, is essential  to the exercise of faith in him. Rom. 10:14: “How [p. 35]
Q. What testimony have men, in the first instance, that there is a God?
A. Human testimony, and human testimony only. -[§ii. ¶ 56.]-
Q. What excited the ancient saints to seek diligently after a knowledge of the glory of God, his perfections and attributes?
A. The credence they gave to the testimony of their fathers. -[§ ii. ¶ 56.]-
Q. How do men obtain a knowledge of the glory of God, his perfections and attributes?
A. By devoting themselves to his service, through prayer and supplication incessantly, strengthening their faith in him, until like Enoch, the brother of Jared, and Moses, they obtain a manifestation of God to themselves. -[§ ii. ¶ 55.]-
Q. Is the knowledge of the existence of God a matter of mere tradition, founded upon human testimony alone, until a person receives a manifestation of God to themselves?
A. It is.
Q. How do you prove it?
A. From the whole of the first lecture of the second section.
 
Lecture 3
LECTURE THIRD.
 
Of Faith.
 
SECTION III.
 
1 In the second lecture it was shown, how it was that the knowledge of the existence of God, came into the world, and by what means the first thoughts were suggested to the minds of men, that such a being did actually exist: and that it was by reason of the knowledge of his existence, that there was a foundation laid for the exercise of faith in him, as the only being in whom faith could center for life and salvation. For faith could not center in a being of whose existence we had no idea; because the idea of his existence in the first instance, is essential to the exercise of faith in him. Rom. 10:14: “How [p. 35]
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