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Are there 3 degrees in the Terrestrial Kingdom?

Question   Gramps, Are there also 3 degrees of kingdoms within the Terrestrial Kingdom? Ray   Answer   Dear Ray, The best thing I can say about that is ‘we don’t know.’  I know that isn’t the answer you were hoping for, but it’s the best we can do right...

What happens at a temple dedication?

Question   Gramps, What happens at a temple dedication? Sara   Answer   Dear Sara, Our modern temple dedications follow the pattern and agenda Joseph Smith set with the dedication of the Kirtland House of the Lord. At that dedication, the meeting...

How can I use my Gift of Discernment to help others?

Question   Dear Gramps, How can I use my gift of discernment to help others?  Thankyou. Emmie   Answer   Dear Emmie, When I read your question, the words of Elder Bednar came to my mind: “There are times when people are silent in their screaming but you...

What does it mean that God is “no respecter of persons?”

Question   Gramps, What does it mean when I hear that God is no respecter of persons? Alfred   Answer   Dear Alfred, I saw a lot of confusion over this phrase when I recently answered a question about the order of ordinance of the sacrament. Since this...

Why do we use olive oil for consecrated oil?

Question   Dear Gramps, I am wondering about the doctrine behind the consecrated oil. Why do we use olive oil? Why don’t we use another kind of oil? I understand that it is a very old practice but why did they start to use it in the first place? Thank You!...

What is the purpose of mortality?

Question   Gramps, If some spirits were able to progress so much in the pre-earth life that all they come to earth for is a body and then die before the age of accountability, why don’t we all just do the same? If it is possible to progress that much...

Can non members speak in Sacrament Meeting?

Question   Gramps, Can non members speak in Sacrament Meeting? Gerald   Answer   Hi Gerald, Thanks for your question. In describing sacrament meetings, Handbook 2 states: Selecting and Orienting Participants Selecting Participants. The bishopric selects...
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