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Why do unvirtuous thoughts cause the Spirit to depart?

Question   Dear Gramps, Why do unvirtuous thoughts specifically cause the Spirit to depart? Indulging in thoughts related to our other carnal appetites do not do the same thing. For example, if I daydream about gorging on a luscious chocolate cream pie, I...

What does the Church say about aliens?

Question   Gramps, What does the Church say about aliens? Are they real? If so why, and how can that be. Leah   Answer   Hello Leah, Thank you for your question. Since you inquired with, “are they real” when asking about...

Why have agency if God already has a plan for us?

Question   Gramps, Recently my friend asked me a question I wasn’t too sure about. He asked me this:  God knows everything right? What is the point of being here if God already knows what we are going to choose? Why is agency important if God already has a...

How do Deacons know who should not receive the Sacrament?

Question   Gramps, In 3 Nephi 18:28-29 it states: 28 And now behold, this is the commandment which I give unto you, that ye shall not suffer any one knowingly to partake of my flesh and blood unworthily, when ye shall minister it; 29 For whoso eateth and drinketh...

Did the Roman soldiers who crucified Christ commit sin?

Question   Dear Gramps, Did the Roman soldiers who crucified Jesus commit sin? After all, they were doing the Father’s will. And it resulted in the great atonement that saved billions of people. So did they commit sin in crucifying Jesus? Robert  ...

How is Matthew 26:13 a memorial to Mary?

Question   Gramps, I enjoy reading your posts. I have been curious about this passage of scripture for awhile: Matthew 26:13. In what ways do we preach this in all the world as a memorial to her? Is it something passively taught? Or was it meant to be more...

Should we be obedient just to obtain blessings?

Question   Gramps, Is it wrong to be obedient to gospel principles just to receive blessings? Keith   Answer   Dear Keith, I wouldn’t say it is wrong, but it is not the best.  Remember Elder Dallin H. Oak’s classic talk, Good, Better, Best?...

Does God have faith in us?

Question   Gramps, Does God have faith in us? Some brothers say yes, others say no because God has perfect knowledge and foreknowledge.  Thanks! Fernando   Answer   Dear Fernando, You ask an interesting question.  I can understand why there would be...

How can I feel worthy to pray when I’ve sinned?

Question   Dear Gramps, I am currently inactive and want to come back. I have been praying (and reading Alma), but I feel I am not worthy to pray let alone ask God for help in prayer because of the grave sins I have committed whilst away.  He must be kind of...

Will there be an active economy during the Millennium?

Question   Dear Gramps, It has always been my dream to become a highly successful businessman and entrepreneur when I get older. My question is, if the Millenium begins during my lifetime, will there be an active economy on the earth? Or will all the work I would...

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