Doctrine and Covenants, 1844

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A. He could not; because without this idea he could not certainly know that it was his privilege so to do, and in consequence of this doubt his faith could not be sufficiently strong enough to save him. -[§ iii.¶ 23.]-
Q. Would it be possible for a man to exercise faith in God, so as to be saved, unless he had an idea that God was love?
A. He could not; because man could not love God, unless he had an idea that God was love, and if he did not love God, he could not have faith in him. -[§ iii.¶ 24.]-
Q. What is the description which the sacred writers give of the character of Deity calculated to do?
A. It is calculated to lay a foundation for the exercise of faith in him, as far as the knowledge extends among all people, tongues, languages, kindreds and nations and that from age to age, and from generation to generation. -[§ iii.¶ 25.]-
Q. Is the character which God has given of himself, uniform?
A. It is, in all his revelations, whether to the Former Day Saints, or to the Latter Day Saints, so that they all have the authority to exercise faith in him, and to expect by the exercise of their faith, to enjoy the same blessings. -[§ iii. ¶ 26.]-
 
Lecture 4
LECTURE FOURTH.
 
OF FAITH.
 
SECTION IV.
 
1 Having shown in the third lecture, that correct ideas of the character of God are necessary in order to the exercise of faith in him unto life and salvation, and that without correct ideas of his character, the minds of men could not have sufficient power with God to the exercise of faith necessary to the enjoyment of eternal life, and that correct ideas of his character lay a foundation as far as his character is concerned, for the exercise of [p. 50]
A. He could not; because without this idea he could not certainly know that it was his privilege so to do, and in consequence of this doubt his faith could not be sufficiently strong enough to save him. -[§ iii.¶ 23.]-
Q. Would it be possible for a man to exercise faith in God, so as to be saved, unless he had an idea that God was love?
A. He could not; because man could not love God, unless he had an idea that God was love, and if he did not love God, he could not have faith in him. -[§ iii.¶ 24.]-
Q. What is the description which the sacred writers give of the character of Deity calculated to do?
A. It is calculated to lay a foundation for the exercise of faith in him, as far as the knowledge extends among all people, tongues, languages, kindreds and nations and that from age to age, and from generation to generation. -[§ iii.¶ 25.]-
Q. Is the character which God has given of himself, uniform?
A. It is, in all his revelations, whether to the Former Day Saints, or to the Latter Day Saints, so that they all have the authority to exercise faith in him, and to expect by the exercise of their faith, to enjoy the same blessings. -[§ iii. ¶ 26.]-
 
Lecture 4
LECTURE FOURTH.
 
OF FAITH.
 
SECTION IV.
 
1 Having shown in the third lecture, that correct ideas of the character of God are necessary in order to the exercise of faith in him unto life and salvation, and that without correct ideas of his character, the minds of men could not have sufficient power with God to the exercise of faith necessary to the enjoyment of eternal life, and that correct ideas of his character lay a foundation as far as his character is concerned, for the exercise of [p. 50]
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