Doctrine and Covenants, 1844

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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by faith and by faith obtained. And this is  the reason that Paul counted all things but filth  and dross—what he formerly called his gain  he called his loss; yea, and he counted all  things but loss for the excellency of the knowl edge of Christ Jesus the Lord. Philipians iii: 7, 8, 9 and 10. Because, to obtain the faith  by which he could enjoy knowledge of  Christ Jesus the Lord, he had to suffer the loss  of all things: this is the reason that the For mer Day Saints knew more, and understood  more of heaven, and of heavenly things than  all others beside, because this information is  the effect of faith—to be obtained by no  other means. And this is the reason, that  men, as soon as they lose their faith, run into  strifes, contentions, darkness and difficulties;  for the knowledge which tends to life disap pears with faith, but returns when faith re turns; for when faith comes, it brings its train  of attendants with it—apostles, prophets, evan gelists, pastors, teachers, gifts, wisdom, knowl edge, miracles, healings, tongues, interpreta tion of tongues, &c. All these appear when  faith appears on the earth, and disappear when  it disappears from the earth. For these  are the effects of faith and always have,  and always will attend it. For where  faith is, there will the knowledge of God  be also, with all things which pertain thereto —revelations, visions, and dreams, as well as  every necessary thing in order that the pos sessors of faith may be perfected and obtain  salvation; for God must change, otherwise [p. 85]
by faith and by faith obtained. And this is the reason that Paul counted all things but filth and dross—what he formerly called his gain he called his loss; yea, and he counted all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus the Lord. Philipians iii:7, 8, 9 and 10. Because, to obtain the faith by which he could enjoy knowledge of Christ Jesus the Lord, he had to suffer the loss of all things: this is the reason that the Former Day Saints knew more, and understood more of heaven, and of heavenly things than all others beside, because this information is the effect of faith—to be obtained by no other means. And this is the reason, that men, as soon as they lose their faith, run into strifes, contentions, darkness and difficulties; for the knowledge which tends to life disappears with faith, but returns when faith returns; for when faith comes, it brings its train of attendants with it—apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, teachers, gifts, wisdom, knowledge, miracles, healings, tongues, interpretation of tongues, &c. All these appear when faith appears on the earth, and disappear when it disappears from the earth. For these are the effects of faith and always have, and always will attend it. For where faith is, there will the knowledge of God be also, with all things which pertain thereto—revelations, visions, and dreams, as well as every necessary thing in order that the possessors of faith may be perfected and obtain salvation; for God must change, otherwise [p. 85]
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