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Why isn’t God fair?

Question   Gramps, I feel God isn’t fair.  He has blessed others with families that love them and support them,  He has blessed me without parents that care for me. I feel it’s not fair for Him to expect the same things out of all of us.  He did not...

Is there reason to study the U.S. Constitution any more?

Question   Dear Gramps, Is there any reason to study the U.S. Constitution any more?  It has been negated and dismantled from the founders original intent in so many ways.  And the powers that be will never let us go back to the way it originally was.  So why...

Why are there 4 versions of the first vision?

Question   Gramps, In the original first vision account by Joseph Smith’s own hand, he states that only Christ visited him.  No mention of the Father and Son.  Why then did this change later to be the Father and Son visiting Joseph?  Also, why are there 4...

Are missionaries allowed in temple prayer circles?

Question   Gramps, Are missionaries allowed to be in the prayer circle in the temple and if not why? Dean   Answer   Hi Dean, Thank you for your question: Are missionaries allowed to participate in temple prayer circles? Having spoken with several...

Would our situation allow us to be sealed?

Question   Gramps, Hi. I have only been in the LDS church for 2 years and my boyfriend just a few weeks. We just started dating and have talked about getting married. We both have been divorced and have kids. We do not live together and are keeping the law of...

Why did Moses order the killing of women and children?

Question   Gramps, In reading the Old Testament for seminary this year I stumbled upon Numbers 31:1-18, in which Israel destroys a city and takes the spoils to Moses. When their prophet Moses finds out, however, that they have saved the married women and...

Why does music bring the spirit when we sing a hymn?

Question   Dear Gramps, Why does music bring the spirit when we sing a hymn?  Is it because of the words, the intent by singing, or is it something else?  Thank you and I hope to hear your thoughts. Kimo’s   Answer   Dear Kimo’s, Thank you...

Why does bread represent the body of Christ?

Question   Gramps, Why does the bread represent the body of Christ and why do we eat it while it represents the body of Christ? Scott   Answer   Scott, It is always a good thing to ponder the symbolism of the ordinances we perform.  It helps to...

Should I be sealed to my parents?

Question   Gramps, I was abandoned by my father at age 2, abused by my step-father, then abandoned by my mother at age 10. I was sent to live with my widowed grandmother. who resented every day I lived with her. I have been sealed for 45 years to my love, who has...

What is the difference between a curse and a mark?

Question   Dear Gramps. Can you please clarify the difference between a curse and a mark? We had an interesting discussion in Sunday school but never came to any conclusion. So many think that all Africans are cursed because of their dark skin. I am inclined to...

Why do ordinances exist?

Question   Gramps, I know the answers that come in the scriptures and manuals, but I’m looking for something even more basic, to understand why ordinances exist at the most fundamental level. I’m not challenging, but seeking to understand better. I...

What is the difference between having faith and having hope?

Question   Hi Gramps, I would appreciate your wisdom here. What is the difference between having faith and having hope? Are they different or the same thing? In Moroni 10:20-21, we learn they cannot exist without each other including charity however often we...

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