Doctrine and Covenants, 1844

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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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 pray er and supplication incessantly, strengthening their faith  in him, until like Enoch, the brother of Jared, and Moses,  they obtain a manifestaion 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, un til 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 on ly being in whom faith could centre for life  and salvation. For faith could not centre 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. x:14: “How then shall they  call on him in whom they have not believed?  And how shall they believe in him of whom they  have not heard? And how shall they hear  without a preacher?” (or one sent to tell them?) [p. 40]
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 manifestaion 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 centre for life and salvation. For faith could not centre 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. x:14: “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?” (or one sent to tell them?) [p. 40]
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