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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...

Are our ancestors who have passed on aware of the living?

Question   Dear Gramps, My father passed away several years ago, before I married and had children. Maybe the answer is obvious, but I wonder, does he know my children? Are our ancestors aware of the living? Erin   Answer   Dear Erin, I’m sorry...

What is the timeline for repentance?

Question   Hey Gramps, I have a friend that recently visited with the Bishop for sins she committed almost a year ago. I can tell she has felt very sorrowful for what she had done. It was hard for her to go to the Bishop but, with help she finally did. The Bishop...

How can I be granted a spiritual gift?

Question   Hi Gramps, I prayed recently to be granted any spiritual gift, any “leftover” gift God will give. I don’t know which spiritual gift is appropriate for my situation, obviously God’s wisdom is better. But then I read D&C 88:65...

As a Mormon, is it okay to affiliate with other churches?

Question   Hello Gramps, I have been looking at your posts drawing wisdom for numerous months now. I have a question that has been on my mind. I am not an official Mormon yet, but I do plan to be in the coming months. But at the same time I do have an affiliation...

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