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Can we pray over the phone?

Question   Gramps, Are we allowed to prayer over the phone?   I was told by 2 bishops that we do not pray over the phone.  Recently I received a mission calling for volunteer work for Familysearch and I was asked to pray over the phone.  So have things changed or...

Can I pay tithing with service?

Question   Gramps, Hello. What if we were to pay our tithes in other ways besides money? It seems that we are told to pay a tithing on our increase, not necessarily our income. What if we do not have an increase in income? For example, we don't bring home as much...

How can I be a good example to my younger roommates?

Question   Hi Gramps, Right now I'm struggling with some of my younger roommates in Provo. They are really struggling to see the importance of the gospel in and doing some pretty immature stuff. Sometimes I get really frustrated with them, but I remember that I...

Are we meant to pray to God or to Jesus?

Question   Hi Gramps, Are we meant to pray God or to Jesus?  The Bible states the only way to God is through Jesus.  If we're to pray to Jesus, it doesn't make sense to pray to Jesus and then conclude the prayer with (in Jesus name). Thanks. Chris   Answer...

Did God create Lucifer to fall?

Question   Gramps, Lehi in The Book Of Mormon explains to us that there must be opposition in all things.  That there must be righteous influence as well as wicked influence.  I know we all had agency in the pre-mortal realm and we still do on this earth. ...

Why is the Church so secretive about our Heavenly Mother?

Question   Gramps, I don't understand why the Church is so secretive about our Heavenly Mother. Without her, we would not even exist and the entire Plan of Salvation would make no sense. I have been a church member my whole life and have never heard Her mentioned...

Are those in the spirit world conscious of time passing?

Question   Gramps, Are those who are waiting in the spirit world conscious of time passing?  Several people have told me they don't do temple work because it will all be done in the millennium.  It seems to me like they would be waiting for us to do the work so...

Is being wealthy incompatible with scripture?

Question   Gramps, As I understand it, the Bible is very clear that we should be either giving away our possessions to the poor or sharing them. There are so many desperately poor people right under our noses but lots of very wealthy people too. Yes, some of them...

What day of the week was Christ born on?

Question   Gramps, I am wondering if you know of anywhere that states what day of the week Christ was born? I thought I had heard a quote that He was born on a Sunday, resurrected on a Sunday and that He would come again on a Sunday. But I can't seem to find it....

Do we pray to the Father and to the Son?

Question   Dear Gramps, This is a something I've really been wondering about lately. When we pray, it is to Heavenly Father and in the name of Jesus Christ. We can feel the Holy Ghost and receive promptings, and we pray to Heavenly Father. I'm not sure if you'll...

What lineage do those of African descent come from?

Question   Gramps, What patriarchal lineage do those of African descent come from? I thought they would be adopted into the lineage of Ephraim but I have found that is not the case. Do you know? Aurora   Answer   Dear Aurora, We can't just give a...

Why does Gramps have conflicting answers?

Question   Hi Sir, I was looking up some of your past answers regarding animal sacrifices. In one response dated May 31, 2011, you stated, "First off, rest assured that blood sacrifice is not, nor will it ever come back. Christ has made it very clear throughout...

Who or what was Elias?

Question   Gramps, I am having confusion about Elias. I know that Elias is a man who lived during the time of Abraham and nothing more is known about him. Elias is also a name given to prophets who prepared the way, such as John the Baptist. Elias, in the New...

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