Doctrine and Covenants, 1844

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So then faith comes by hearing the word of  God. -[New Translation.]-
2 Let us here observe, that three things  are necessary, in order that any rational and  intelligent being may exercise faith in God  unto life and salvation.
3 First The idea that he actually exists.
4 Secondly, A correct idea of his character,  perfections and attributes.
5 Thirdly, An actual knowledge that the  course of life which he is pursuing, is accord ing to his will. For without an acquaintance  with these three important facts the faith of  every rational being must be imperfect and  unproductive; but with this understanding, it  can become perfect and fruitful, abounding in  righteousness unto the praise and glory of God  the Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
6 Having previously been made acquainted  with the way the idea of his existence came  into the world, as well as the fact of his exist ence, we shall proceed to examine his charac ter, perfections and attributes, in order that  this class may see, not only the just grounds  which they have for the exercise of faith in  him, for life and salvation, but the reasons  that all the world, also, as far as the idea of  his existence extends, may have, to exercise  faith in him the Father of all living.
7 As we have been indebted to a revelation  which God made of himself to his creatures  in the first instance, for the idea of his existence,  so in like manner we are indebted to the rev elations which he has given to us, for a cor [p. 41]
So then faith comes by hearing the word of God. -[New Translation.]-
2 Let us here observe, that three things are necessary, in order that any rational and intelligent being may exercise faith in God unto life and salvation.
3 First The idea that he actually exists.
4 Secondly, A correct idea of his character, perfections and attributes.
5 Thirdly, An actual knowledge that the course of life which he is pursuing, is according to his will. For without an acquaintance with these three important facts the faith of every rational being must be imperfect and unproductive; but with this understanding, it can become perfect and fruitful, abounding in righteousness unto the praise and glory of God the Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
6 Having previously been made acquainted with the way the idea of his existence came into the world, as well as the fact of his existence, we shall proceed to examine his character, perfections and attributes, in order that this class may see, not only the just grounds which they have for the exercise of faith in him, for life and salvation, but the reasons that all the world, also, as far as the idea of his existence extends, may have, to exercise faith in him the Father of all living.
7 As we have been indebted to a revelation which God made of himself to his creatures in the first instance, for the idea of his existence, so in like manner we are indebted to the revelations which he has given to us, for a cor [p. 41]
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