Is in vitro fertilization for me?

Is in vitro fertilization for me?

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Dear Gramps,

I have a history of depression and have been taking medication since 2002. I also have a history of brain cancer and chemotherapy.  This caused me to go into a peri-menopause state at 24 years old. I am now 40 and have accepted that I can’t have children. A recent change in my medication opened some kind “door” through which the Holy Ghost has sent a somewhat disturbing message. It seems that God wants me, via in vitro fertilization, to have a child. Without a husband/father and below-poverty income, the cost of such a procedure terrifies me. I know God can make it happen (e.g. Sarah bearing Isaac at 90).  If He truly wishes it to be so.  I don’t know if you can help me but I know of nowhere else to turn. Please let me know anything you can.

Diane (more…)

Am I Faking my Pain?

Am I Faking my Pain?

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My step mom still thinks I imagine the headaches; despite the fact that, in 1996, I had emergency surgery to remove a tumor from my brain.  My concern is this: I don’t know if my family is correct, if I have been over-stating my “conditions” to use as a crutch against getting a job or if I truly am not able to work. I’ve prayed about it, talked it over with friends, even seen the bishop of my ward, yet the only answer I have received is to ask you. All this is extremely troubling to me. I’m a good student and can pass almost every course I take, but that doesn’t seem to translate into action. I’m at a loss of what to do, who to talk to. I pray you can help me find the answers I seek.

Diane (more…)

Why do children become afflicted with cancers and other diseases?

Why do children become afflicted with cancers and other diseases?

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Dear Gramps,

One of my friend asked me this question.  Could you please help me to answer?  Thank you. Why do young children get ill with cancers or other illnesses? Why are children born with birth defects? You can’t say it is because they are not walking right with Go, since most of them are too young to even understand the concept of that.

Albert

 

 

Answer

 

Albert,

This is a heart-wrenching question for me, with not only my own children, but grandchildren to consider in such a situation. Nobody wants to see such innocent youth having to struggle with simply being alive. Because we know God was aware of what we’d face, its only right that he would have warned us about any and all problems we’d have to deal with when coming to this life. The fact that we’re here tells us we all accepted the risks of this life in the face of all the blessings available to us should we fulfill our destinies here.

Yes it is a tragedy that such suffering happens, but it is not due to anything Heavenly Father wanted us to go through. Nor would it ever be due to unworthiness or sin on the part of the children themselves. Rather it is, and ever will be, the natural consequence of coming into mortality. Our world is imperfect, through and through. No part of this world is perfect, or safe from damage. Even the earth itself has countless changes, earthquakes, and eruptions that disfigure its face and cloud its skies.

All life suffers pain, sickness, and death in this life, and yes it is most sorrowing to see it occur. What we must do, then, is to remember that this life is not the sole purpose of our existence, but merely an essential step along the path in our eternal lives. We are intended for far greater destinies than can be realized in this life.

The Atonement of Christ is the focal point of such a promise. Through his sacrifice, Christ has assured us all not only an end to the suffering and pain of this life, but the gift of a perfect immortal body as well, no longer prone to illness or injury of any kind.

Even further than this the promise is that we can become “Heirs, heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ” to receive the fullness of our potential at Heavenly Father’s hand and become as he is.

Perhaps in light of such promises, our willingness to accept the pains of this temporary life becomes easier to understand.

What humbles me greatly is to see the courage and faith these young children display in facing their own mortality so soon. If only we all showed such poise and confidence, peace would be realized in this world far sooner, I believe.

 

Gramps

 

 

Fit in Heaven

Fit in Heaven

Dear Gramps, It seems that many Mormons choose food as their drug/alcohol. While I know all things will be restored to their proper frame, is there any revelation about being physically fit in heaven? Thanks for the help.

Eric (more…)

Tattoos and sports injuries

Tattoos and sports injuries

I have heard that we shouldn’t get tattoos because our body’s are temples and we should defile our temple. Could playing a sport where serious injury is very likely result in “defiling” our temple? I played football in high school and tore my knee to shreds. Its never going to be the same. My damage is permanent. Is this the equivolent of taking a sledge hammer to my temple? Is there a difference? Thank you. I appreciate your site.

Dusty (more…)

Forgiving

Forgiving

I’ve been married to my husband for 5 years. He has repeatedly cheated and how I know this is from going to the doctor and receiving upsetting news. I have prayed and fasted many, many times. I really want to leave the situation but know that I don’t ever want to give up on somebody. I feel like I have been given signs, but I also have felt strong spiritual witness that I need to forgive him and continue on. We fight everyday and I can forgive him, but do not want to continue to be hurt by him. I try to use the D&C 9:7-9 approach and still I am confused. My Bishop also does not know what is keeping me in the relationship. Any insight would be helpful.

Ruth (more…)

Tattoos

Tattoos

Dear gramps,

I am 19 years old and currently trying to return back to church. I’ve been less active for 5 years. In the time I was away I got two tattoos on my wrists. My question gramps is what does the average church member think about tattoos? Sometimes I feel like people are staring at them and talking about me. I dont feel as though I need to repent for them as I now view them as just another scar on my body. If the church can’t accept me for something that is only a scar how am I supposed to accept them back into my life again?

Need some help with this one gramps.

Hana (more…)

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Dear Gramps,

I have obsessive–compulsive disorder(OCD). Sometimes I’m able to control it and sometimes I can’t. It gets to the point that I think it’s the Spirit telling me to do something when it can actually be my mind. For example, I have to go back to my car to make sure that my car is locked even though I know it is locked but I might think the Spirit is telling me to check that is locked so nothing bad happens. How can I differentiate my OCD and the promptings of the Spirit?

Esteban (more…)

Sacrament bread and germs

Sacrament bread and germs

My wife worries about getting germs from the bread during sacrament and would like to know why we can’t use small crackers instead? There have been people who have had MRSA in our area and the hand sanitizer does not kill MRSA.

George (more…)

Where does the LDS church stand on vaccinations?

Where does the LDS church stand on vaccinations?

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I know LDS members who do NOT vaccinate their children by claiming “religious beliefs.” Where does the church stand on vaccinations? Has there ever been a statement one way or another? Doesn’t the church help provide vaccinations for those in need?

May

 

Answer

The LDS church is very much in favor of taking advantage of modern medicine available to us today. Elder Russel M. Nelson, one of the Apostles, is a world-renown heart surgeon. I’m not sure where vaccinations could be seen against official church doctrine, but personal beliefs are another matter, and very individual.

The church has given great resources of time and money for vaccination programs in Africa, and they continue such programs even now.

As for those who refuse to accept them citing religious beliefs, it’s their call in the end.

 

Gramps

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