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Dear Gramps,

i want to know the meaning of the word mormon.the origin and if there is prove to that.i am a missionary serving in the ghana accra mission,i was ask n could not answer so please help me out.thank you.

Clemet (more…)

What kind of activities do Mormons participate in?

What kind of activities do Mormons participate in?

Question

 

Hi Gramps,

I know Mormons are normal people, but I was wondering about any activities, things they like, participate in, or glorify that could pertain to the Mormon religion.  Thank you.

Alex

 

Answer

 

Dear Alex,

I am happy that you consider Mormons normal people, as we have been accused of being anything but. The activities that Mormons enjoy would depend on the individual as would be the case with most people.  Some enjoy athletic type activities, whereas others enjoy the arts.  Normally we try to center our activities around our families.  Monday evenings are reserved for family night.  Families will have lessons, where the Gospel is taught, or they might play games or engage in some type of activity where the entire family can participate.  Active Mormons refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages, so we do not participate in activities where alcohol is involved.  We have found that we don’t need to drink in order to have fun.

Active Mormons spend more time in religious activities compared with most religions.  In addition to Sunday meetings, we have activities sponsored by the Church during the week.  Young men are encouraged to be involved in the Scouting program and young women participate in various activities as well.

We are also very involved in researching our family history and genealogy.  We believe it to be very important to know about our ancestors.  One of our beliefs is that we can perform baptisms and other ordinances for our kindred dead.  This is done in our Temples by those who are worthy to serve there.

These are just a few of the activities that we are involved in.  I would encourage you to visit with our missionaries and they will be able to cover this in more detail and answer any other questions you may have.  They are usually listed in the telephone directory or you could contact any of your acquaintances who might be a member of the Mormon Church.

 

Gramps

 

 

The prophet, Mormon, was commanded not to preach to the Nephites because of their wickedness. Yet it seems that he did preach to them as recorded in Mormon 7:1. What’s you’re best guess for when and under what circumstances this sermon was given?

Question

Dear Gramps,
Mormon, when he was 15 years old, “knew of the goodness of Jesus” and wanted to preach to the people. However, his “mouth was shut” and he was “forbidden to preach”. (Mormon 1:15-17)
Now, when Moroni is compiling the last bits of the record, he includes a sermon given by his father on faith hope and charity which he apparently “taught in the synagogue which they had built for the place of worship.” (Moroni 7:1) Any clue as to when this sermon was delivered? It seems Mormon’s ministry was a private one, and he was commanded not to preach. Could this sermon have been delivered before he was commanded not to (15 years-old and before) or could he have been the military chaplain at the same time he was commander, and the command not to preach was perhaps withdrawn? What’s you’re best guess for when and under what circumstances this sermon was given?
KC, from Provo, Utah
 

Answer

Dear KC,
As you will observe from the footnote to Mormon 1:15, Mormon was born about 310 AD, and was commanded by the Lord at age 15 (verse 16) not to preach to the wicked Nephites. In Chapter 2, verse10, however, you will read that the Nephites began to repent of their iniquity, and in Mormon 3:2 you will read the following—

And it came to pass that the Lord did say unto me: Cry unto this people–Repent ye, and come unto me, and be ye baptized, and build up again my church, and ye shall be spared.

This command occurred in the year 360, when Mormon would have been about 50 years old. The sermon that you refer to in Mormon 7:1 was given approximately in the year 385, when Mormon would have been about 75 years old.

 

Gramps

 

 

How can I get my testimony back?

Dear Gramps,
How can I get my testimony back? I have been baptized in the Mormon Church now for 18 months. I remember my conversion and felt a very strong spirit from the Lord. for the first six months of my conversion. I was extremely strong and I new without a shadow of a doubt that the Lord existed and this was his church. I’m a Latter-day Saint, but seem to have been overcome with a lot of disbelief. I still live all the laws of the gospel, but lately my disbelief started to get me to go on anti-Mormon sites and I have a few questions. I guess most of them are lies, but some have really stuck in my mind. Things I don’t understand.
In Israel, where the bible is set, you can still go and see the ruins of the buildings and places that it talks about in the Bible. In America I’m confused because of the cities that are talked about in the Book of Mormon are not on the continent any more? How could they just disappear without leaving a single trace of evidence?
Another question on my mind, the solid gold plates that were found by Joseph Smith. I know the Book of Mormon is a very big book 500+ pages. How many plates were there, because the images that I’ve seen of the gold plates that would still be very heavy for one person to carry on his own?
One of the ten commandments of God is thou shall not worship false idols. Why do we have a statue of Moroni on our temples? Is that a false idol? I’m just confused as to why other churches of Christ have crosses on the top of their buildings but one of the church’s biggest ordinances happens in there. What does Moroni have to do with it? It was Elijah who brought the sealing power back on the earth in the early days of the Mormon Church, not Moroni.
I don’t know if this is true or not but I’ve read that Brigham Young once said that: Black people will never receive the Priesthood until after the resurrection, and that if any white person was to marry a person of that origin the penalty was death. Is that true? Now if God told Brigham Young that Black people will not receive the Priesthood until after the resurrection, why would he then tell somebody else over a 100+ years later that they now can receive the Priesthood? I’m not a racist, some of my best friends are black, but why would God make a strong statement like that then go against it in years to come after black people have fought for the right to be treated civilly?
If none of this is true then could you tell me what was really said? I have faith and trust in your word in the Bible. In the Book of Mormon it teaches of one God and that he is a Spirit. Joseph Smith taught that there is a plurality of Gods and that God has a body of flesh and bones, that he got to be God through living righteously to his God, and the same with the God before him and so on.
These are all on anti-Mormon sites. I Just want to know certain answers. I want the Spirit back in my life; I’m on the verge of leaving!. The anti sites have poisoned my mind. I do not go on them anymore but their statements are still stuck in my head.
Michael, from England (more…)

How could Nephi have known what the Savior was praying about when he was not present at the time of his prayer?

Dear Gramps,

I have just been re-reading 3rd Nephi, I especially like the direct words of the Saviour. I am extremely concerned about one point. The Lord Jesus Christ had ALL of the Nephite/Lamanite survivors praying earnestly on their knees and he moved off a little to pray privately to Father in Heaven and we read the words of his prayers. Who recorded them for the Book of Mormon?

Bob, from the United Kingdom (more…)

Why can’t we find any evidences at the Hill Cumorah of the great battles of extermination that are recorded in the Book of Mormon to have occurred at that place?

Why can’t we find any evidences at the Hill Cumorah of the great battles of extermination that are recorded in the Book of Mormon to have occurred at that place?

Hey Gramps,

I’m trying to figure out how come there have been no artifacts found of the final great battle on Hill Cumorah near Palmyra, New York. My Book of Mormon says that about 4 million total were killed there along with many horses and chariots, spears, bows, armor. I’ve actually searched the area myself but I couldn’t even find an arrowhead.

Gordon, from Battle Ground, Washington (more…)

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