"Are men, then, to be saved by works? Nay, verily, 'By grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God' (Eph. 2:8); 'Not of works, lest any man should boast' (v. 9); 'Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us' (Titus 3:5): and yet faith without works is dead, being alone (James 2:17). Was not Abraham, our father, justified by works (v. 21)? Shall we then be saved by faith? Nay, neither by faith nor works, but by works is faith made perfect (v. 22); but 'by grace are ye saved' (Eph. 2:8); 'And if by grace, then it is no more of works, otherwise grace is no more grace; and if it be of works, then it is no more grace; otherwise works is no works' (Rom. 11:6); 'Ye see then how that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only' (James 2:24)." (Joseph Smith, HC 4:14)

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