Excerpt from The Latter-Day Saints' Millennial Star, Vol. 63: May 30, 1901
True faith is based on the knowledge of God; on the recognition of a revealed assurance that He is the hearer and answerer of prayer, and that obedience to law is the only guarantee of increased power. Jesus under stood that law. He did nothing but what He had seen the Father do, and yet He declared that all His mighty works could be excelled by His disciples, if they were but apt and ardent pupils in that science of which faith was evidently the corner stone.
This faith was the secret of power. An advanced student said of it, that by it the world was framed, another said that without faith it is im possible to please God 3 and the one who best understood its action declared to His apostles, If you had faith as a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, 'be thou removed, and cast into the depths of the sea, ' and it would obey you Now the world looks upon this as hyper bole, as an exaggeration in accordance with eastern methods of expression, and even many of the Latter-day Saints, those who can testify to tongues and healings, and miracles, cherish oftentimes an unexpressed limit to the power of faith.
The fact that all the minutiae of detail, intervening between cause and effect, are unknown to the multitude is not to the point, for they do not understand a thousand things in chemistry, or in natural philosophy which the thorough student is presumed to know 3 it is an every day occurrence in the sceptical world to hear the assertion that nothing should be believed which cannot be understood. A common rustic asked one of these would-be-wise, if he could explain how a grass field could sustain and produce hair on the horse, wool on the sheep, feathers on the goose and so on 3 the reply was in the negative, and while the argument may be vulner able to the schools, its irony may enforce an idea, when logic would be altogether at fault.
There are those in our day who insist in this way, upon the erroneous character of restored Christianity, just as some did on its first introduction; they will not believe except they see. Thomas was well rebuked for this spirit after the resurrection of his Lord, and show us a miracle has been repeated before hundreds of missionary Elders everywhere in Christen dom 3 one of these urging a sign, that seeing, he might believe, was asked if he had ever seen his own brains; the tables thus neatly turned might be construed as answering a fool according to his folly, nevertheless, exalted authority has said: Blessed are they who believe, having seen, but more blessed are they who not having seen, yet believe!
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