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Was Jesus really a carpenter?

Question   Gramps, Jesus is continually referred to as a “carpenter” (woodworker).  However, I find no reference to the Savior actually working with wood.  If anything, Christ was probably a mason, as nearly all of his references and parables seem to...

Why aren’t we set apart as visiting teachers?

Question   Hello there Gramps, I really enjoy your questions and answers.  Thank you for all your shared wisdom.  My question is regarding visiting teaching. I am wondering why we are not set apart and given a blessing for this important church calling?  Thank...

Does baptism provide automatic forgiveness?

Question   Dear Gramps, When a person is baptized, is God forced to forgive them of sins they have not repented of?  Or does everyone come out of the font with just a few sins unforgiven?  Is baptism truly a one-time blanket “get out of jail free”...

Is it bad to read controversial LDS material?

Question Dear Gramps. I just recently re-joined Facebook and I have noticed a lot of topics that pop up on my time line that are somewhat negative about the gospel.  I am so tempted to read up on what is happening in the church and its disciplinary actions against...

Why did Jesus need to be baptized?

Question Gramps, Some say that Jesus was baptized just to set an example for the rest of us. Others say that even though he was perfect it was still required of him to be baptized. Although it did set a great example, I can’t understand why he actually needed to...

Is desire enough for baptism?

Question Gramps, I am unable to say, for sure, that I believe that the LDS Church is the true church of God or that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. But, I do believe that Jesus is the Christ, and I do want to be baptized. Is the desire to be baptized enough for it...

Was there same sex marriage during Noah’s time?

Question Hi Gramps, I’ve heard that in the time of Noah the term “giving in marriage” back then meant that there was same sex marriage occurring during that time.  Is that true?  I also heard that it was the final straw before God sent the flood. And...

Should we pay tithing on Social Security?

Question Gramps, My wife and I recently retired.  We have begun receiving Social Security and Medicare.  What do you advise regarding tithing? Jack   Answer Jack, Tithing is an important commandment for several reasons. The obedience of the commandment helps...

I get angry for no reason. What can I do?

Question Gramps, Sometimes I get mad for no reason. What should I do? Nathan   Answer Hello Nathan, Anger is a natural emotion necessary to our individual progression toward becoming Godlike; however, anger is not an emotion that occurs without an instigating...

Can I receive my temple endowments at the age of 19?

Question Hello Gramps, I’d like to ask about the temple ordinance. I have heard that there have been recent changes about receiving temple endowments. I heard that I could get it sooner. I’m only 19, and probably not going on a mission or getting married...

How is dedicating a home done by a Priesthood holder?

Question Gramps, How is the performing of a dedication of a home by a Priesthood holder done?  Does he have to raise his hand?  Thanks. Luis   Answer Dear Luis, I would follow the Church Handbook of Instructions on this one: 20.11 Dedicating Homes Church members...
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