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Culture and the Church

Culture and the Church

Dear Gramps, I really like this website, plenty of good answers to gospel questions I've often wondered about. In my searching of your site I have not found an answer that addresses one of my questions I've often wondered about concerning race. I come from a Tongan...

Temple Recommend

Temple Recommend

Does a spouse of a non member need their permission to receive a temple recommend? I am a former Bishop and I thought I remember in the handbook that if a women wanted to go to the temple, she needed the permission of her husband to get a temple recommend and take out...

Is playing with face cards evil?

Is playing with face cards evil?

Question Gramps, I recollect that Mormon Doctrine says (at least the first edition) says that face cards carry the inherit spirit of Satan (or words to similar effect). This refers more directly to the question than your answer (which was a good answer), but I frankly...

Who will live during the millenium?

Who will live during the millenium?

Hey Gramps, I thought that when the Second Coming came to pass, then we'd all die and be resurrected in the blink of an eye. Than Satan would be bound and we'd live in the Millennium without his influence. But my parents think that only people who lived in the time of...

Language in blessings

Language in blessings

When giving blessings, we are pronouncing a blessing as directed by the Spirit. This is different than a prayer. We, as priesthood holders, are receiving revelation as to what to say from the Father. Should we use the same language (thy,thou, etc.) in giving blessings...

Lamanites

Lamanites

Alma 3:9-10 says that if Nephites are "led away" by Lamanites their seed would have the "curse" of the Lamanites. But what if a Lamanite were converted by a Nephite, would the curse be lifted from their seed? Shawn _________________________________________ Dear Shawn,...

Books by General Authorities

Books by General Authorities

Hi Gramps, When buying books written by the General Authorities of the Church, do we support them economically? Thanks John _______________________________________ Yes. Just keep in mind that one does not "get rich" by writing books for the LDS community. It is a...

Confused in Love

Confused in Love

HI, I am a 29 year old guy who was in love with a 28 year old gal. She said she loved me a lot. I too liked her a lot. Her parents approved but my parents didnt and due to this all of a sudden she got engaged to another guy even without giving me time to convince my...

Where did Satan’s power originate?

Where did Satan’s power originate?

Question   Gramps, We know that all true power comes from God, or the priesthood, so what's the source of Satan's power? Joseph Smith felt it before the first vision, and the priests conjured up serpents before Moses's ate them. I know there's opposition in all...

Staying single

Staying single

Question   Since we were created to marry and procreate, should I just be content with staying single since I can't have children(surgically removed)? Am I not receiving the blessings I could if I were married? Stacey   Answer   Dear Stacey, You a...

I found God somewhere else

I found God somewhere else

Hi Gramps, I left home for college three years ago, taking up a religious studies major. My family is one of strong faith in the LDS church, and were concerned when I chose not to go on a mission. They were patient with my faith struggles because of my diligent search...

The Sign of the Dove

The Sign of the Dove

Dear Gramps, Could you please share anything you know about the Sign of the Dove. In my religion class a quote from the Prophet Joseph Smith "The sign of the dove was instituted before the creation of the world, a witness for the Holy Ghost, and the devil cannot come...

Jesus Christ’s Crucifixion

Jesus Christ’s Crucifixion

Bruce R. McConkie, in his last address prior to his death, bore testimony that Jesus re-experienced the agonies of the Garden of Gethsemane while on the cross. I don't recall ever reading that in the scriptures or hearing that from any other apostle or prophet. Have...

Baptism by fire

Baptism by fire

Dear Gramps, What is the "fire"when you are baptized by fire? Looking through the scriptures I am finding a lot of comparison of fire and angels. So I have come to believe that it is angels surrounding you and partaking in giving the gift of the holy ghost. Am I way...

How did Jesus fast for 40 days?

How did Jesus fast for 40 days?

Hi Gramps, Thank you for taking the time to read this. And I thank you in advance for the time you spend if you do have time to answer my question. I am wondering about Jesus and his fasting for forty days. I should probably already know this. But I am just wondering....

Bacteria and spirits

Bacteria and spirits

I was curious about this. My biology teacher freshman year said that bacteria are living. If so, do they have spirits? Thank you! Menley ___________________________________________ Dear Menley, We read the following in the Pearl of Great Price: 5 And every plant of...

Proxy baptisms

Proxy baptisms

Gramps, What's going to happen to deceased people who we cannot perform temple work for? Being that we cannot trace their names that far back or simply records for them don't exist? And even when the 2nd coming occurs there would still be names for whom we didn't...

Many are Called but few are Chosen

Many are Called but few are Chosen

Hey Gramps, I was watching Ninja Warrior (that Japanese show where people try to get through ridiculously difficult obstacle courses) and when describing the course they said the phrase "many are called but few are chosen". I thought that phrase was only used in the...

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