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Lectures on Faith Review

It took me a long time to read Lectures on Faith by Joseph Smith, mostly because I was reading it to supplement my scripture study. The information was so deep that I could only concentrate in a quiet house while the kiddos were at school.

Did you know that the Lectures on Faith were published in the forepart of the Doctrine and Covenants in all editions from 1835 until 1921? Although the lectures are not currently published as part of the standard works, it is evident that they were held in high esteem by the Prophet Joseph Smith and those that followed him. President Joseph Fielding Smith said: “These lectures are of great value and should be studied. . . I consider them to be of extreme value in the study of the gospel of Jesus Christ,” Bruce R. McConkie has classified the lectures as “some of the best lesson material ever prepared on the Godhead; on the character, perfections, and attributes of God; on faith, miracles, and sacrifice. They can be studied with great profit by all scholars.” {Amazon}

I was given the collector’s edition as a gift. Not only is it a beautiful book, it also has additional essays about the lectures and their history. The point that stuck out most is the power of faith. I always thought of faith being something you had (or didn’t have), but why do we want to have it? Not only to bring us comfort, but to bring the Lord’s power into our lives.

Like the scriptures, this is a book I’ll need to read repeatedly to continue increasing my knowledge. Even though this isn’t a quick and easy read, I recommend every LDS member read the Lectures on Faith at least once. I give it five slices of pie!

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