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Is God’s real name Elohim?

Question   Gramps, Is Gods real name Elohim? Kori   Answer   Dear Kori, Elohim is a word that we Latter-day Saints use to refer to God the Father. If that’s how one defines a name, then it can certainly be considered a name. But beyond that, we...

Who was the father of the 1st King Mosiah?

Question   Gramps, Who was the father of King Mosiah?  There doesn’t seem to be a patriarchal link. I’m referring to the first King Mosiah, not his grandson, a subsequent king. Floyd   Answer   Floyd, We know very little about the kings of...

Will we eat meat in the millenium?

Question   Dear Gramps, Will we eat meat and other animal by-products in the millennium, or will we all be vegan? Wondering   Answer   Dear Wondering, I suspect you know the answer.  But yes, barring any Star Trek-style food replicators, we will be...

What happened to Joseph Smith’s seer stone?

Question   Gramps, What happened to Joseph Smith’s seer stone?  Does the church have one today? Mary   Answer   Mary, Joseph Smith owned several seer stones throughout his life.  From what historians can gather, it seems that he gave the stone...

How old was Mary when she gave birth to Jesus?

Question   Gramps, I was wondering how old Mary was when she gave birth to Jesus. I know that she was a young woman but my dad and I would like to know if it says anywhere how old she was. Teleah   Answer   Dear Teleah, Mary was probably somewhere...

How can I unite a job with my faith?

Question   Dear Gramps, I am a graphic designer and got offered a job where I would be working on mainly tobacco material. This would be my first job and I should be happy I found something  but I don’t know how to unite  this with my faith. What are your...

Is is okay to use marijuana as a medical alternative?

Question   Hello Gramps, I have 3 major medical issues that cause me serve pain and have a mental health disorder. One is a gene mutation and the others I could not have prevented. I am in my mid 30’s and have been deemed disabled. I take many RX meds and I...

What is the difference between purity and righteousness?

Question   Gramps, What’s the difference between purity and righteousness? Marilyn   Answer   Dear Marilyn, Your question is very short, and thus it is hard to discern your intent.  Forgive me if I have misunderstood you.  At first glance, some...

How did the LDS church get its official name?

Question   Gramps, How did the LDS Church get its official name, “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?” I see lots of material online on why we are called “Mormons” but I cannot seem to find anything on when/why the official...

How can I get past doubting everything?

Question   Dear Grandpa, I converted to the church about a year ago after investigating for six months. Soon after my baptism I stopped attending church. I am really unsure as to why I stopped, but I did. I loved going to church, I loved reading from the Book of...

Do I need to confess to something I did many years ago?

Question   Gramps, I guess the answer to this question is kind of obvious, but do we need to repent for things that we did a long time ago? (Perhaps a few years, or decades) And if so, how would I repent for such a thing because some things are so far back in the...

Will we learn of the sins of our spouses at judgement time?

Question   Gramps, There was a time when my husband was withdrawn from me. And having found small hints of infidelity I asked him directly if he had been unfaithful. He denied, of course, but now, two years later I still feel he cheated and is ignoring it. Will...

Should we be in a panic concerning food storage?

Question   Gramps, My husband and I have been activity working our food storage for over 10 years. A few days ago I reading thoughts of an LDS group on line, where I thought we might get ideas from other LDS members doing the same thing. I spent a couple hours...

Can God give someone the Priesthood directly?

Question   Gramps, I have always understood that the priesthood was given from one person who had the priesthood to another.   Someone has told me that Elijah got the priesthood from God directly.   He uses this as evidence to say that  we do not need the church...

What do we know about the form of angels?

Question   Gramps, What do we know about the form of angels?  Cherubims are described in some detail in the scriptures as having multiple wings.   What have the prophets said on the form of these cherubims?  Is their form symbolic or literal?  When Moroni...
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