April 6, 2011

Favorite Books Part II - Quotes from Lectures on Faith

Faith is the assurance which men have of the existence of things which they have not seen and the principle of action in all intelligent beings.

If men were to turn their thoughts and reflections to the operations of their own minds, they would readily discover that it is faith, and faith only, which is the moving cause of all action in them; that without it both mind and body would be in a state of inactivity, and all their exertions would cease, both physical and mental.

Hebrews 11:3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

Had it not been for the principle of faith, the worlds would never have been framed, neither would man have been formed of the dust. It is the principle by which Jehovah works and through which he exercises power over all temporal as well as eternal things. Who cannot see, that if God framed the worlds by faith, that it is by faith that he exercises power over them, and that faith is the principle of power? And the principle of power, it must be so in man as well as in the Deity? This is the testimony of all the sacred writers and the lesson which they have been endeavoring to teach to man.

Picture of Joseph Smith from here.

Using faith as a principle of power, the prophets subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword; of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight armies, and women received their dead raised to life again.

And Joshua, in the sight of all Israel, bade the sun and moon to stand still, and it was done. (Joshua 10:12-13)

It was by faith that the worlds were framed. God spake, chaos heard, and worlds came into order by reason of the faith there was in Him. So with man also; he spake faith in the name of God and the sun stood still, the moon obeyed, mountains removed, prisons, fell, lions’ mouths were closed, the human heart lost its enmity, fire its violence, armies their power, the sword its terror, and death its dominion.

Faith is the first great governing principle which has power, dominion, and authority over all things; by it they exist, by it they are upheld, they are changed, or remain agreeable to the will of God. Without it there is no power and without power there could be no creation or existence.

Thanks, Angie, for the recommendation!

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