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What is the Gift of Elijah?

Question   Hi Gramps, I was wondering if you have ever heard of the gift of Elijah before? I know what the spirit of Elijah is but my patriarchal blessing says I have the gift of Elijah. Are the terms "gift" and "spirit" used interchangeably?  Thanks in advance....

Can I use my husband’s priesthood to bless my child?

Question   Gramps, I am a married but separated Sister in our church.  We've been separated 5 years now, and my husband has a demanding on-call job and his own residence.  I was handed a situation with one of our young daughters (we have 4 out of 9 still at home,...

Why do artists portray Christ as white skinned?

Question   Gramps, Almost all the pictures and illustrations I see show Jesus as white, usually blond with blue eyes. It is surely established that He was of Middle Eastern colouring and culture. So why is He not portrayed as such? Liz   Answer   Liz,...

What does ‘Judge not, that ye be not judged’ mean?

Question   Gramps, What is the real meaning behind the Bible’s “Judge Not, That You Be Not Judged?.” Tracie   Answer   Dear Tracie, In my view this verse is more well known than virtually any other verse in the holy bible, including John 3:16, Acts...

Were parts of Isaiah written after his death?

Question   Dear Gramps, In the Book of Mormon, Nephi and Jacob heavily quote Isaiah. However, modern Bible scholars hold that parts of Isaiah weren't actually written by the Old-Testament prophet, and maintain passages after Isaiah 40 were written after Nephi had...

How was Joseph Smith able to see the Father?

Question   Gramps, It states in the scriptures that you can only see the Father with the High Priesthood.  How was Joseph Smith able to see the Father without it? Peter   Answer   Peter, Actually, the scriptures don't say that.  Anti-Mormon sources say...

How do I explain Neanderthals to an investigator?

Question   Gramps, How do I explain the Neanderthals to an investigator?    If you don't know who they are, they were a species or subspecies of archaic human, in the genus Homo. Neanderthals became extinct around 40,000 years ago. They were closely related to...

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. ...

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