Doctrine and Covenants, 1844

  • Source Note
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to exercise faith in God, which the Former Day Saints had: so that all the saints, in this respect have been, are and will be alike, until the end of time; for God never changes, therefore his attributes and character remain forever the same. And as it is through the revelation of these that a foundation is laid for the exercise of faith in God unto life and salvation, the foundation, therefore, for the exercise of faith, was, is and ever will be the same. So that all men have had, and will have an equal privilege.
 
Q. What was shown in the third lecture?
A. It was shown that correct ideas of the character of God are necessary in order to exercise faith in him unto life and salvation; and that without correct ideas of his character, men could not have power to exercise faith in him unto life and salvation, but that correct ideas of his character, as far as his character was concerned in the exercise of faith in him, lay a sure foundation for the exercise of it. -[§ iv. ¶ 1.
Q. What object had the God of heaven in revealing his attributes to men?
A. That through an acquaintance with his attributes they might be enabled to exercise faith in him so as to obtain eternal life. -[§ iv. ¶ 2.
Q.  Could men exercise faith in God without an acquaintance with his attributes, so as to be enabled to lay hold of eternal life?
A. They could not. -[§ iv. ¶ 2, 3.
Q. What account is given of the attributes of God in his revelations?
A. First, Knowledge; secondly, Faith, or Power; thirdly, Justice; Fourthly, Judgment; fifthly, Mercy; and sixthly Truth. -[§ iv. ¶ 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10.
Q. Where are the revelations to be found which give this relation of the attributes of God?
A. In the Old and New Testaments, and they are quoted in the fourth lecture, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, and tenth paragraphs* [p. 59]
to exercise faith in God, which the Former Day Saints had: so that all the saints, in this respect have been, are and will be alike, until the end of time; for God never changes, therefore his attributes and character remain forever the same. And as it is through the revelation of these that a foundation is laid for the exercise of faith in God unto life and salvation, the foundation, therefore, for the exercise of faith, was, is and ever will be the same. So that all men have had, and will have an equal privilege.
 
Q. What was shown in the third lecture?
A. It was shown that correct ideas of the character of God are necessary in order to exercise faith in him unto life and salvation; and that without correct ideas of his character, men could not have power to exercise faith in him unto life and salvation, but that correct ideas of his character, as far as his character was concerned in the exercise of faith in him, lay a sure foundation for the exercise of it. -[§ iv. ¶ 1.
Q. What object had the God of heaven in revealing his attributes to men?
A. That through an acquaintance with his attributes they might be enabled to exercise faith in him so as to obtain eternal life. -[§ iv. ¶ 2.
Q.  Could men exercise faith in God without an acquaintance with his attributes, so as to be enabled to lay hold of eternal life?
A. They could not. -[§ iv. ¶ 2, 3.
Q. What account is given of the attributes of God in his revelations?
A. First, Knowledge; secondly, Faith, or Power; thirdly, Justice; Fourthly, Judgment; fifthly, Mercy; and sixthly Truth. -[§ iv. ¶ 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10.
Q. Where are the revelations to be found which give this relation of the attributes of God?
A. In the Old and New Testaments, and they are quoted in the fourth lecture, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, and tenth paragraphs* [p. 59]
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