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What is the true story behind Joseph Smith and Masons?

Question   Gramps, What is the true story behind Joseph Smith becoming a Mason? I once found that he was encouraged to join because he was told he and the early Saints would be protected by the Masons, but found it to be false; then left it.  Later, I read that...

Does fate play a part in our lives?

Question   Dear Gramps, I have been thinking about this for a while. Obviously, we don't believe in fate because that would take away our agency. But we do believe we were intentionally born at a certain time into certain circumstances to experience certain...

Does Satan cause depression?

Question   Gramps, If the Devil causes depression. how can a child suffer from depression before he or she reached the Age of Accountability? The first episode that I remember was when I was 4. I suspect I began having episodes before I was 4 that I don't...

Do Mormons believe in hell?

Question   Gramps, I have a very good friend who is a devout Catholic. She asked me this morning do Mormons believe in hell? Of course we do but only for a select few correct? Evelyn   Answer   Dear Evelyn, Yes, we do believe in hell, though I think our...

Is offering bribes to influence okay with the Lord?

Question   Dear Gramps, Is it wrong to offer a bribe, in order to influence someone?  The reason I ask is because Elder Boyd K. Packer, President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, mentions in one of his sermons how he slipped an East German train conductor a...

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