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Lectures on Faith

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Prepared under the direction of the Prophet Joseph Smith, these seven lectures on faith helped early Church leaders and missionaries incorporate the most fundamental principle of the Gospel with greater understanding than ever before. Lectures on Faith occupies a station of respect as part of original literature produced by the Prophet of the Restoration and the bright min ...more
Hardcover, 88 pages
Published May 15th 1993 by Deseret Book Co (first published 1835)
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As I write this, the LDS church is closing its 191st year as an "organized" religion, established on April 6, 1830.

What many modern members of the church do not know is that between years 5 and 91, "Lectures on Faith" was included with the Doctrine and Covenants... and was actually the Doctrine part, with our existing version containing the Covenants portion. In 1921, they were removed from canonical volume of scriptures because the Lectures "were never presented to nor accepted by the Church as
This is the clearest and most acurately detailed discussion on faith that has ever been assembled on the subject. It lays forth in clarity what faith is, how to get it and hold onto it, and how to reorient your own compass to discern between good and evil. Better this books tells you the only way in which you can be saved. But it discusses being saved in a literal sense vs. from mystery and the superficial and usual connotations of that word- the emotions of being 'worked up' and false notions a ...more
Oct 21, 2008 Megan added it
This was advanced and hard for me to really follow all the thoughts. But I made it through and did learn some things. I thought it was really advanced and it makes me wonder how some of the early saints who were unlearned grasped any of this! But it is a logical understanding of faith, what it is, what creates it, what it rests upon, and what knowledge and understanding we must have first in order to have faith in God. I felt like I learned about what knowledge I must strengthen to have more fai ...more
Jaime Buckley
I read this because of it's title...and I was curious about the topic of 'faith'.

Never have I heard this subject explained so openly, honestly and in a clear, concise manner so I could better understand what faith was, how it worked in my life (or could work) and how to build it.

I don't think it matters what religion you are when it comes to reading this book. If you love God, and you seek truth because you love truth for its own sake, you should read this book. It's brilliance and immediate app
Original lectures on faith given by the Prophet Joseph Smith in the early days of the LDS church. Wonderful exposition of this core principle of the gospel. Excerpts:

"How do men obtain a knowledge of the glory of God, his perfections and attributes? By devoting themselves to his service, through prayer and supplication incessantly strengthening their faith in him, until, like Enoch, the brother of Jared, and Moses, they obtain a manifestation of God to themselves."

"Let us here observe, that thre
I love this book. Here is a synopsis I put together after re-reading it this time:

Lectures on Faith

1. “[F]aith 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.” 1.9
a. Through faith, we receive all temporal and spiritual blessings. 1.13
b. Faith is a power of action and of power. 1.13
2. Faith is in God, and we received knowledge of Him via human testimony passed down from those who saw and heard Him (Adam, b
Chris Gee
I just finished this again. I was assigned to speak on faith in church last weekend. I forgot how many wonderful ideas are in this book. So many of things that are often quoted about faith are in this book.

“But faith is not only a principle of action, but of power also,”

[t]here are 3 things that intelligent beings need to have to exercise faith in God unto salvation:

1: The idea that [God] actually exists
2: A correct idea of His character, perfection, and attributes
3: An actual knowledge that th
I took an Institute class on Lectures on Faith and "other documents of scriptural stature." LOVED IT. The other documents included: The King Follett discourse, the Sermon in the Grove, the Origin of Man, Doctrinal Exposition on the Father and the Son, the Wentworth Letter, and the Family Proclamation. All wonderful. The Follett discourse and Sermon in the Grove are both in Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith (TPJS), I believe. Origin of Man is a 1st Presidency statement from ????. Doctrinal Ex ...more
This took me maybe two hours to read and it blew my mind. Lecture 3 had the most profound influence on me.

What is the Character of God?
1. He is the highest being in the universe. There is no one higher.
2. He is all things good (mercy, patience, kindness) and no things bad (anger, disappointment, vengeance)
3. He never changes
4. He CANNOT lie
5. He is no respecter of persons, but his most profound blessings are upon those who follow him.
6. He is LOVE.

Amazing stuff :)
This is a very useful publication in understanding Joseph Smith's development as a self-taught theologian. As it reveals, the popular notion of a hapless illiterate will not do. Also unlikely is that Joseph Smith came away from his first vision with a keen and unbending notion of what the Godhead was.

I appreciate this volume for its showcasing of Joseph Smith's evolving knowledge and understanding. Compare this 1830s publication with his King Follett sermon in 1844.
Recommended only because of its historical significance, the Lectures on Faith are the “doctrine” part of the Doctrine and Covenants as it was first published in 1835. The lectures were later excised, by the RLDS Church in 1897 and by the LDS Church in 1921, the latter citing the fact that the lectures had never been officially sustained by the general church membership as reason for its expulsion. (It probably didn’t help that, by the time the lectures were removed, the non-corporeal God promot ...more
Apr 26, 2009 Cindy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: LDS
Shelves: 999, religion, non-fiction, lds
This was a difficult read in parts. I enjoyed the book, but the format was not an easy one to follow. The lectures had lots of good, inspiring doctrine in it, but then the questions were just repeating what was already there. The edition that I read including a message by Orson Pratt called, "True Faith," and excerpts from the King Follett address. Those excerpts were the best part, in my opinion. The message by Brother Pratt had some great stuff in there too.
Greg Schell
A very thought-provoking read as an in-depth discussion of faith. Short enough to be read in one sitting, but with enough depth to require that the reader spend considerable time pondering what's been read. It certainly would have been awesome to be present at the actual lectures!
I read this book a long time ago (back in '97), but I remember being deeply touched by the King Follett sermon. Joseph Smith was a fascinating man as they come, and his writings and teachings have influenced my life probably more than most any other man.
There's a lot here about the nature of God that is good to learn and is not to be found in most other sources. This book made me feel better about myself than any Sunday School lesson I've ever heard.
Way cool, I never realized how much there was to faith before I read this book. It gives you some insight into how intelligent Joseph Smith was. He really understood and explained things so well.
Chris Webber
The nuts and bolts of the mormon faith. And Joseph's approach to faith in general.

It's a short read. Don't call yourself a mormon if you haven't read this book!
Jul 13, 2008 Ryan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 1, own, lds, 12, audio
Contained are some GREAT principles on faith that I have never understood until I read this book.

Own the audios on cassette too.
There is SO much info here. One read thru is nit going to be enough.
Quinn Thomson
I content was good. It helped me understand faith in very simple step by step terms. I'm not a huge fan of the layout. I would also like to know where some of the questions at the end came from. I think several of the questions and answers could have been combined and made things smoother.
All in all it was a worthwhile read and I would recommend it to those wanting a better understanding of faith, but would also warn that its not for everyone. Some people will not gain much from it, and if you
Juergen John Roscher
This was one of those books that I intended to read for years but never took the time to read it. Many people over the years have recommended that I read the lectures to get a better understanding of the principle of faith.

The Lectures on Faith were a series of discourses that the Prophet Joseph Smith gave to the Elders of the Church in Kirtland, Ohio (1834-35) that examines all aspect of the principle of Faith.

By reading this book, I gained a deeper understanding of the principle of faith, wha
Andrew John Pixton
This was deep and interesting, except for the odd obsession with people's age. I'll start with what I learned and liked then move into the problems. The need for faith makes a lot of sense here, but in a different way than I've been taking it. I've talked about faith as subjectivity, a willful belief in something not yet proven because you want to. Joseph Smith explains it more as a fundamental way of the universe. I exercise faith when I turn on my car, drink water, flip on a light switch, and ...more
Douglas Cootey
This was a difficult book for me to get through. I found the prose laborious, and the arguments not always convincing. I have since learned that:
1) the Lectures were removed from the D&C in 1921
2) Joseph may not have written them all entirely (especially the early lectures which don't seem to be in his voice)
3) they show his evolving understanding of the principles behind his faith as he searched for understanding through the scriptures
4) Joseph was attempting to establish Theology as a sci
Once part of the Doctrine & Covenants, the 7 lectures on faith were originally prepared for the school of the elders in Kirtland, Ohio. They give insight into the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and His role as our Savior. Joseph Smith definitely gave his consent to its publication, but most evidence points to Sidney Rigdon being the author of at least most of it.

I tried reading this a couple times before in my life, but this was the first time I stuck with it through to the end--and I'm gla
"Lectures on Faith," composed under the direction of Joseph Smith by Sidney Rigdon in 1835, was originally part of the LDS cannon as the "doctrine" part of the Doctrine and Covenants until it was removed in 1921; the covenants were the remaining revelations, which also contain doctrine so the name was kept. Although the purpose for their removal from cannon status is not wholly clear, it appears that the presentation of the Godhead may be slightly confusing at least, and difficult to reconcile f ...more
Erika B. (Snogging on Sunday Books)
4.5 stars. Some beautiful insights on faith.

"Were this class to go back and reflect upon the history of their lives, from the period of their first recollection, and ask themselves, what principle excited them to action, or what gave them energy and activity, in all their lawful avocations, callings and pursuits, what would be the answer? Would it not be that it was the assurance which we had of the existence of things which we had not seen, as yet?-Was it not the hope which you had, in consequ
Hector Torres
As originally prepared and delivered, the lessons were for a class of elders only. However, the lectures were introduced to the membership of the Church in the preface to the 1835 edition of the Doctrine and Covenants.

They would be included in the D&C up to 1921, at which time they were removed because "they are not specific revelations to the Church and were never sustained as such".

Pres. Joseph Fielding Smith said: "I suppose that the rising generation knows little about the Lectures on F
Keith Kendall
Lectures on Faith has been a cherished book since I was a teen-ager. I memorized a bit of it, and recite it from time to time. However, it wasn’t until this week that I read the whole book again for the second time. It was delightful. Here is a favorite part.

Lecture 3
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 c
Tami Harris
I never knew that Lectures on Faith were part of the canonized scriptures and then were removed in 1921. These lectures are beautiful! I believe they should be read and studied just as much as any of the other scriptures, there is so much to learn there.
Kristi Reeves
I have wanted to read this for a long time. A dear friend gave it to me a few years ago for Christmas. It is not a long book at all, but I read things in here that have given me greater insight and desire to Know God, and increase my faith. Faith is power.
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