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Would it be immoral to join a private army?

Question   Gramps, I am aware that God grants exemptions for killing enemy soldiers in the case of war. Killing an enemy solider in war is not a sin as far as I understand. (correct me if I'm wrong).  But what if I joined a mercenary corps?  I have wanted to be a...

Were any of the 2,000 Stripling Warriors wounded?

Question   Gramps, I know that none of the stripling warriors were killed but surely they were wounded.  John Bytheway has a talk where he says that none were even wounded.  Which is correct? Bonnie   Answer   Hi, Bonnie, I am not familiar with Brother Bytheway's talk...

Is Strong’s concordance of the Bible accepted by the Church?

Question   Gramps, Is Strong's exhaustive concordance of the bible accepted by the church? If it's not, then what is? I'm trying to have a better understanding of the bible. Bernie   Answer   Dear Bernie, Some of the best tools I’ve found for studying the Bible can be...

Does praying for an evil person violate that person’s agency?

Question   Gramps, I understand that men do evil because of their misuse of agency and that God allows evil to happen so that he can hold people accountable for their actions.  Why isn't praying for protection from the evil person not a violation of that person's free...

Was there sealing power at the time of Christ?

Question   Gramps, At the time that Christ was on the earth, did they have the sealing power that we have today? And if so why did Elijah need to give it? Why not Peter? Nephi   Answer   Dear Nephi, After Peter made his confession of faith, Jesus promised him "the...

How can a weakness become a strength?

Question   Gramps, I hear this phrase all the time. "If we bring our weaknesses to the Lord, he will make them strengths." What does this mean? How does one's weakness become a strength? Justin   Answer   Justin, This is an excellent question. Thank you for submitting...

Should we really bother praying for anything?

Question   Gramps, People constantly pray for others: for their healing, for temporal blessings, for spiritual blessings. But we are also told that these blessings will only be given if it's the Lord's will. If the Lord is just going to do whatever He already wants to...

Why was Christ baptized by immersion?

Question   Gramps, Why was Christ baptized by immersion? Karen   Answer   Dear Karen, You'll find that the purpose of Christ's baptism is addressed by Jesus and expanded on by Nephi. It should come as no surprise that the scriptures say nothing of Christ being...

Where is the Garden of Eden today?

Question   Gramps, Where is the Garden of Eden today?  With Cherubim and a flaming sword guarding the way to the tree of life, we should  be able to see it as it was not taken from the earth? Robert   Answer   Hello Robert, Jackson County, Missouri, according to...

What is the curse mentioned in Ether 14:1?

Question   Gramps, What was exactly the curse mentioned in Ether 14:1? Does it mean that things just disappeared? Luis   Answer   Dear Luis, I expect many of us have wondered how this curse works. Unfortunately, the scriptures only give us clues. I found five places...

Could Eve have children before the fall?

Question   Gramps, Could mother Eve have children before the fall? Diane   Answer   Diane, While yet in the Garden of Eden, Eve was named based on the promise of her motherhood (Moses 4:26, Genesis 3:20). The realization of this promise could not come until after the...

Do you have to be dressed up to give a Priesthood blessing?

Question   Hey Gramps! So I was just wondering. Do you have to be dressed up to give a priesthood blessing? I have friends that whenever they give one they first dress up. I have had other moments when my friends haven't.  Is it needed? Dallin   Answer   Dear Dallin,...

Do the dead know they are dead?

Question   Dear Gramps, Do the dead know they are dead? My parents were both terrified of death. I know this because I was with each when they passed. I've always thought there must be a transition period since death would be such a shock to many. Just wondering if...

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