Institute Opening/Lectures on Faith/Romans
LECTURES ON FAITH #3
2. Let us here observe that three things are necessary for any rational and intelligent being to exercise faith in God unto life and salvation.
3. First, the idea that he actually exists;
4. Secondly, a correct idea of his character, perfections, and attributes;
5. Thirdly, an actual knowledge that the course of life which one is pursuing is according to His will. For without an acquaintance with these three important facts, the faith of every rational being must be imperfect and unproductive. But with this understanding, it can become perfect and fruitful, abounding in righteousness unto the praise and glory of God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ...
12. From the foregoing testimonies, we learn the following things respecting the character of God:
13. First, he was God before the world was created, and the same God he was after it was created.
14. Secondly, he is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, abundant in goodness, and he was so from everlasting, and will be to everlasting.
15. Thirdly, he does not change, neither does he vary; but he is the same from everlasting to everlasting, being the same yesterday, today, and forever; and his course is one eternal round, without variation.
16. Fourthly, he is a God of truth and cannot lie.
17. Fifthly, he is no respecter of persons; but in every nation he that fears God and works righteousness is accepted of him.
18. Sixthly, he is love.
J. Reuben Clark, Behold The Lamb of God.
Who is this Savior? This man that we worship? We tend to localize him, and think of him as more or less as just belonging to us. That he is our Savior though we perhaps don't know Him very well.
I want to read you a few words from the Book of Moses from the first chapter and I'm going to begin at 32nd verse. The speaker declares that he was the Lord God Almighty and endless is my name. He was showing Moses, as they stood and conversed face-to-face, the creation that the Father had commissioned Him to make. And he quotes the Father as saying:
"And by the word of my power, have I created the worlds, which is mine Only Begotten Son, who is full of grace and truth. And worlds without number have I created; and I also created them for mine own purpose; and by the Son I created them, which is mine Only Begotten. For behold, there are many worlds that have passed away by the word of my power, which is my only Begotten Son. And there are many that now stand, and innumerable are they unto man; but all things are numbered unto me, for they are mine and I know them. For behold, there are many worlds that have passed away by the word of my power. And there are many that now stand, and innumerable are they unto man; but all things are numbered unto me, for they are mine and I know them.
It was not a novice, not an amateur, not a being making a first trial that came down in the beginning after the great council with other Gods and searched out and found the place where there was space and taking of the materials which they found and organized this world. And worlds without number have I created through my Only Begotten Son.
I repeat our Lord is not a novice, he is not an amateur, He has been over this course time and time and time again. And if you think of this galaxy of ours having within it, from the beginning until now, perhaps, one million worlds, and multiply that by the number of million galaxies that surround us, you will begin to get some view of who this Man we worship really is.
"He is about five foot high; very dark hair; dark complexion; dark skin; large Roman nose; sharp face; small black eyes, penetrating as eternity; round shoulders; a whining voice, except when elevated and then it almost resembles the roaring of a Lion." Joseph Smith's description of Paul, Words of Joseph Smith, 59.