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Article of the Week

March 5, 2018
Article of the Week
What of the Lectures on Faith?
Leland H. Gentry

This daily feature is the introduction to a full article by Leland H. Gentry that was published in issue 19:1. To read the full text of this article, follow the link below.

Latter-day Saint history is replete with historical questions, some of which pertain to what are termed the Lectures on Faith. What are the Lectures on Faith? How did they originate? Why were they taken out of the Doctrine and Covenants? Who wrote and delivered them?

The Lectures on Faith are a series of seven theological presentations made to the School of the Elders held in Kirtland, Ohio, during the winter of 1834–35. For more than eighty years these lectures were printed with the revelations of God to Joseph Smith in every English edition of the Doctrine and Covenants. Although never held to be on a par with the revelations themselves, the lectures were widely used as doctrinal aids by members and missionaries during this period.