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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 January 1835)
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Lowell
May 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
As I write this, the LDS church is closing its 181st 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
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Jaime Buckley
Aug 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Brian
Nov 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Susan Jane
This is definitely a book that needs to be read several times, with a lot of focus each time. Such a great description on faith and all its aspects. Even though it’s a book that demands a lot of pondering, I loved it for this very reason.
Megan
Oct 21, 2008 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
Courtney Hatch
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It is short but heavy and somehow also extremely clear. I’ve never understood the subject of faith this well before. I totally recommend it.
Jake
Jun 15, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: religion
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.
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Weston
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
5 stars for doctrine. 3 stars for readability. Solid work of theology and a good read for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or anyone else interested in what faith is.
Anita
Nov 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
i really enjoyed this book. It was originally included in the beginning of the doctrine and covenants but then removed as it did not meat the criteria for scripture. it is amazing to me to see how the quality and intellenge of the prophet joseph smith has grown. it is amazing what the tutelige of the lord can do. i only hope to reflect the same growth in my life.
Lindsay
Aug 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been wanting to read this forever, and I finally made time this week. I’m so glad I did!
Shad
May 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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Skye
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-the-soul
This was so comprehensive for such a small book. I absolutely loved it. Faith has been a study subject of mine for years now, and I truly cannot believe I haven’t stumbled upon this book until now. One quote that I absolutely loved from it was,

“We understand that when a man works by faith he works by mental exertion instead of physical force. It is by words, instead of exerting his physical powers, with which every being works when he works by faith.

God said, "Let there be light: and there was
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Greg
Jun 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
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Hector Torres
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 Faith
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Chris Gee
Sep 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
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Sally
Feb 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, theology, own
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
Cindy
Apr 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 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. ...more
Angie
Sep 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 :)
Brandon
Feb 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Travis
Mar 10, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spiritual, religious
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. ...more
Greg Schell
Sep 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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! ...more
Qkimball12
Nov 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Wow...for such a little book it sure packs a wealth of knowledge. I really like how it is laid out in a logical, scholastic way. I'll definitely be reading this one again, though, cause there's only so much you can retain. ...more
Tami Harris
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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.
Patsy
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a beautiful edition of the Lectures on Faith. It's beautifully bound and looks great on my book shelf. I really enjoyed reading the lectures, but this edition has an additional feature, of essays that are helpful in understanding each lecture. ...more
Ryan
Apr 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, audio, lds, 12, 1
Contained are some GREAT principles on faith that I have never understood until I read this book.

Own the audios on cassette too.
Brandon Dean
Parts of this book were really quite good (Lectures First, Sixth and Seventh), and warrant consistent review and study. The other sections were a bit hard to follow.
Chris Webber
Jul 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
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!
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Jake
Feb 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jams
There is SO much info here. One read thru is nit going to be enough.
Dan Poulsen
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great read, learned a lot and found some of it redundant. however it was originally meant as a textbook of sorts so hard to criticize the format too much.
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“And if the question is asked, how were they to obtain the knowledge of God? (for there is a great difference between believing in God and knowing him -- knowledge implies more than faith. And notice, that all things that pertain to life and godliness were given through the knowledge of God) the answer is given -- through faith they were to obtain this knowledge; and, having power by faith to obtain the knowledge of God, they could with it obtain all other things which pertain to life and godliness.” 0 likes
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