Doctrine and Covenants, 1844

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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Q. How do you convey to the understanding more  clearly, that faith is the first great governing principle,  which has power, dominion, and authority over all things?
A. By it they exist, by it they are upheld, by it they  are changed, or by it they remain, agreeably to the will  of God; and without it there is no power; and without  power there could be no creation, nor existence! -[§ i.  ¶ 24.]-
 
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 su preme governor, and independent being, in  whom all fulness and perfection dwell; who  is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient;  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 in dependently; and he is the object in whom  the faith of all other rational and accountable  beings centres, for life and salvation.
3 In order to present this part of the sub ject in a clear and conspicuous point of light,  it is necessary to go back and show the evi dences which mankind have had, and the foun dation on which these evidences are, or were  based, since the creation, to believe in the  existence of a God. [p. 13]
Q. How do you convey to the understanding more clearly, that faith is the first great governing principle, which has power, dominion, and authority over all things?
A. By it they exist, by it they are upheld, by it they are changed, or by it they remain, agreeably to the will of God; and without it there is no power; and without power there could be no creation, nor existence! -[§ i. ¶ 24.]-
 
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 dwell; who is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient; 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 centres, 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. [p. 13]
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