Doctrine and Covenants, 1835

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Lecture 7
LECTURE SEVENTH.
 
Of Faith.
 
SECTION VII
 
1 In the preceding lectures, we treated of what faith  was, and of the object on which it rested; agreeably  to our plan we now proceed to speak of its effects:
2 As we have seen in our former lectures, that faith  was the principle of action and of power in all intelli gent beings, both in heaven and on earth, it will not  be expected that we will, in a lecture of this descrip tion attempt to unfold all its effects; neither is it ne cessary to our purpose so to do; for it would em brace all things in heaven and on earth, and encom pass all the creations of God, with all their endless  varieties: for no world has yet been framed that was  not framed by faith; neither has there been an intel ligent being on any of God’s creations who did not  get there by reason of faith, as it existed in himself  or in some other being; nor has there been a change  or a revolution in any of the creations of God but it  has been effected by faith: neither will there be a  change or a revolution unless it is effected in the same  way, in any of the vast creations of the Almighty;  for it is by faith that the Deity works.
3 Let us here offer some explanation in relation to  faith that our meaning may be clearly comprehend ed: We ask, then, what are we to understand by a  man’s working by faith? We answer: We under stand that when a man works by faith he works by  mental exertion instead of physical force: it is by  words instead of exerting his physical powers, with  which every being works when he works by faith— [p. [63]]
Lecture 7
LECTURE SEVENTH.
 
Of Faith.
 
SECTION VII
 
1 In the preceding lectures, we treated of what faith was, and of the object on which it rested; agreeably to our plan we now proceed to speak of its effects:
2 As we have seen in our former lectures, that faith was the principle of action and of power in all intelligent beings, both in heaven and on earth, it will not be expected that we will, in a lecture of this description attempt to unfold all its effects; neither is it necessary to our purpose so to do; for it would embrace all things in heaven and on earth, and encompass all the creations of God, with all their endless varieties: for no world has yet been framed that was not framed by faith; neither has there been an intelligent being on any of God’s creations who did not get there by reason of faith, as it existed in himself or in some other being; nor has there been a change or a revolution in any of the creations of God but it has been effected by faith: neither will there be a change or a revolution unless it is effected in the same way, in any of the vast creations of the Almighty; for it is by faith that the Deity works.
3 Let us here offer some explanation in relation to faith that our meaning may be clearly comprehended: We ask, then, what are we to understand by a man’s working by faith? We answer: We understand that when a man works by faith he works by mental exertion instead of physical force: it is by words instead of exerting his physical powers, with which every being works when he works by faith— [p. [63]]
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