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How can I learn to love my enemies?

Question Dear Gramps,I have been struggling with this one for a long time.  I don't have the ability to love my enemies, those who want to hurt me or my family and country.  I want to obey the Lord but its not in my heart to love people who want to hurt me or my...

What exact words are used to baptize someone?

Question What exact words are used to baptize someone? Cox   Answer Dear Cox, What a great question! The answer comes from the governing documents of the Church (the Doctrine and Covenants) - specifically, in section 20 (known as the Articles and Covenants). "The...

Did Jesus have siblings?

Question Did Jesus have siblings? Jim   Answer Dear Jim, Yes, Jesus had siblings. John tells us that after the first miracle, where Jesus turned water to wine, "he went down to Capernaum, he, and his mother, and his brethren, and his disciples: and they continued...

Should we bless our medications?

Question   Gramps, We ask Heavenly Father to bless our children, our food, the sacrament, our houses and the sick.  I am an old man who takes a lot of medications daily for my various health problems.  Do you think we should ask for Heavenly Father blessing on...

What does it mean to speak with the tongues of angels?

Question Gramps, What does it mean when it states "to speak with the tongues of Angels?"  I'm assuming it's to do with the Holy Ghost? Thank you. Renee   Answer Dear Renee, Nephi answers your question, but you have to be willing to follow his sermon past the...

What happens if there is a medical emergency in the temple?

Question Gramps, How  do Emergency Services personnel  gain access to an individual needing aid it they are inside one of our Temples and cannot be moved to the foyer ? I did an inquiry search but found no answers available. Gib   Answer Gib, Excellent question...

What is eternity?

Question   Hi Gramps, This has always been a puzzlement for me.  I thought that there is going to be one eternity so why do Mormons speak of  eternities? What exactly is an eternity and what is the meaning of eternities?  And what are the eternities going to...

What does Moses 8:22 mean?

Question Gramps, What does it mean in the sentence, "Every man was lift up in the imagination of the though of his heart, being only evil continually" as said in Moses 8:22 Why would the Lord continue to teach hardhearted people while its a waste of time and while we...

Is it okay to get a tattoo after baptism?

Question Gramps, After seeing the beautiful video of the tattooed Mormon, I wonder about those getting tattoos/piercings after receiving the blessings of baptism, and the temple. Are we advised or even commanded not to alter the temple of God in this way? I have...

Why don’t we have prophets today like days of old?

Question Gramps, Why do we not have many prophets today like the days of old? I thought God was the same yesterday, today and forever? Hamani   Answer Hamani, In short, we do. I think you're confusing what a prophet is, as in "one who prophesies", and the...

What does it mean to be holy?

Question Gramps, What does it mean to be holy? How do we practice holiness before the Lord ?Jeffery    Answer Dear Jeffery,  I can very much relate to your question. I tried for decades to find an answer that settled well with me. The challenge, you see is in the...

Can drinking coffee be likened to sex outside of marriage?

Question Gramps, My husband told me that drinking a cup of coffee is like having sex outside of mairage. I told him he was full of it. Sheryl   Answer Dear Sheryl, Upon first reading this question, I do believe that you had Gramps completely at a loss for words....

Why isn’t baptism required for all?

Question Gramps, If baptism is required for entrance into the kingdom of God, why is it not required of little children or people with mental disabilities?  I understand that because they are without sin, is the reason but so was Christ without sin.  Should it not be...

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