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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

New "Non-Canonized" Study Aids

The "Study Aids" tab of now features a new "Non-Canonized" section with two bullet points under it: The Book of Enoch and Lectures on Faith.

Of the two, I *highly* recommend reading the Lectures on Faith, which (for 86 years) were part of the LDS canon until they were removed in 1921. Joseph approved the lectures' inclusion in the canon, as he considered them doctrine.

A CHALLENGE:  I'd be really interested in hearing your thoughts about the Lectures on Faith.  What portion of it resonated with you the most?  Why?


  1. I just started reading the Lectures a few weeks ago for the first time, and have only finished the first 4 lectures. I really enjoyed the fact that Joseph encouraged the reader to commit it to memory.

    The part thus far that's resonated the most is the fact that God is merciful. While He is also just, truth and judgment, the fact that He extends perfect mercy gives me hope that even if I don't measure up, I can be redeemed.

    Looking forward to hearing what others have to say.

  2. I read these Lectures about twenty years ago. They are of the highest spiritual caliber. They helped me build a foundation on the character of God that brought me great peace and understanding. Once you understand his character and capabilities and attitudes toward you, his child, you have joy knowing that while my love is inadequate at best, His love for me is always perfect and I can trust him to always have my best interest at heart no matter what and HE never fails me. His knowledge and understanding of me is perfect and He is in the business of love and that has made all the difference of how I view Him. I highly recommend reading these lectures for anyone at any stage of their progression.


  3. Not only did Joseph Smith approve the Lectures on Faith as scripture, they were voted in as scripture at a general conference of the church and then removed from the Doctrine & Covenants by a committee without a vote in 1921.