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Is it fair that some shall be barred from Celestial glory?

Question   Gramps, D&C 88:22 says “For he who is not able to abide the law of a celestial kingdom cannot abide a celestial glory.” I understand temple marriage to be an important key to this. But what of those who, though willing to live it, have a spouse who...

Can one be forgiven of incest?

Question   Gramps, Recently a discussion was going on about sins that are forgivable and unforgivable.  It was mentioned that incest was ranked as an unforgivable sin.  Can one be forgiven of incest? Kathryn Answer   Kathryn, Great question.  We are taught...

Did the Hoffman papers prove a prophet can be led astray?

Question   Gramps, If prophets are led by God and will never lead his people astray why did Gordon B. Hinckley buy the phony Hoffman letters that led to murder? Poki   Answer   Dear Poki, For those unfamiliar with the decades-old news, back in the 80s a...

Did the Savior personally baptize anyone?

Question   Gramps, Did the Savior personally baptize anyone, either in Jerusalem or in the Americas?? Lee   Answer   Dear Lee, The scriptures state that Jesus encouraged baptism among his disciples: "When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had...

Who are the 144,000 spoken of in Revelation?

Question   Gramps, Who are the 144,000 spoken of in Revelation ? Thank you. Donna   Answer   Dear Donna, Joseph Smith was asked the same question (along with a whole slew of questions on the meaning of Revelation). He replied (and it is canonized in...

Why not polyandry in the Celestial Kingdom?

Question   Gramps, The subject basically says it all. It doesn't make sense to me that Heavenly Father would treat his daughters and sons differently from one another. Why is it that he would allow men to marry many women and not the other way around?  Or put...

Why wasn’t Priesthood authority restored first?

Question   Gramps, If the Priesthood is the power of God given to men on earth, why was it not restored first? Wouldn't this power and authority be  required to substantiate the restoration of the gospel?   Poki   Answer   Hello Poki, Priesthood is...

Did Jesus receive temple ordinances?

Question Gramps, Did Jesus receive temple ordinances? I know he was baptized to fulfill all righteousness but he was sinless and didn't need to be. So then did he receive the other temple ordinances? Is there any record of that?Devon    Answer Devon, As an...

Can two people live together in a platonic relationship?

Question Gramps, I realize that we are to remain completely chaste before marriage, but what about cohabiting  with single persons of the opposite sex in a completely platonic arrangement? Does church policy have a specific stance? If circumstances require that living...

How did Christ get anything done while on the earth?

Question Dear Gramps, I was just wondering how Christ, when He was on the earth, was able to get anything done, with so many things distracting Him.  For example; in traveling from one location to another, would He not stop and minister to every soul needing help...

Why did God need Jesus to atone for our sins?

Question   Gramps, With all of God's knowledge and power, why did he need Jesus to atone and sacrifice for our sins? Sherlene   Answer   Hello Sherlene, In teaching the people of Gideon, Alma the Younger responded to very much the same question thus:...

Why did we have the Civil War?

Question Gramps, Why did we have the American Civil War and what does it mean as said in DC 87? Will those people be saved due to fighting for their country? What about temple work for them?Dallas    Answer Dallas,The reason for the American Civil War was...

Did Adam and Eve get baptized?

Question   Gramps, I have what I think is a simple question.  Were Adam and Eve baptized?  If not, why? Kalola   Answer   Kalola, We read about Adam's baptism in Moses 6:64-66 64 And it came to pass, when the Lord had spoken with Adam, our father, that...

Is it okay to swear during a play?

Question Gramps, I used to go to my brother's plays and he would have to swear in them.  Is that bad and will he get punished? Also what about in school and you are reading a book out loud.  What should I do when I come upon a swear word? Should I just skip it?  Sara...

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