The More Good Foundation is referring people to a newer web site entitled: http://www.askgramps.org. Generally it seems to be a well-intended, good hearted, somewhat informative repository of unofficial answers (and I openly applaud both sites for what they are trying to do). Still, after reading around this site, here are some of the more interesting and/or troubling answers….
- On Joseph Smith’s use of the peep stone in translating the Book of Mormon (this seems to conflict with Elder Nelson).
- On birth control (Ouch!!!!!).
- On blacks and the LDS church (no mention of Elijah Abel?).
- On the connection between Joseph Smith and the Masons (any thoughts from Greg Kearney?).
- On “How many wives did Joseph Smith and Brigham Young have?” Another, even more interesting response here. This question I had never even thought of (kinda funny, but definitely out of context). (Anyway, this and this might help clear things up some for gramps. I don’t think familysearch.org could be considered anti-Mormon).
- On the Book of Abraham papyrus (“you’ve got the wrong papyrus”).
- On “How can I overcome my same-sex attraction?”.
- On “Is it ok to love my homosexual daughter?“.
- On “How can I help my nine-year-old grandson through a gender identity problem?”
- On evolution.
- On “Was Jesus Christ married?”
- On depression (in this instance, he conceded it can be a physical/chemical thing, and a medical condition).
- On animals in the afterlife.
- Of caffeinated sodas.
To be fair, there are also tons of other answers from askgramps.org that are interesting, thoughtful, and not controversial, but reading through some of these tougher questions and answers left me with a few thoughts and questions of my own…
- I wonder how this got through the vetting process at moregoodfoundation.org? Are answers like this more good for LDS members, or more bad? I’m not condemning moregoodfoundation.org. I totally support what they’re trying to do, and I know it’s difficult. I’m just curious if these types of answers really do support their goals. If so, I may not fully understand their goals.
- How long will it be before the non-doctrinal, but very authoritative statements of past GA’s evaporate from our day-to-day mind set? Those of you familiar with the LDS Church Handbook of Instructions will note that a great deal of askgramps.org’s answers are directly refuted by the handbook (like birth control).
- I am SOOO grateful that the GA’s of today do not opine so freely as they once did on some of these topics. They seem to use MUCH more discretion and care than they used to, and I am very grateful for this. I probably could not stay in the church if GA’s made these same types of statements today.
- Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the LDS Church could provide direct, succinct answers to questions like this, so that the myths and bad doctrine could be very directly dispelled, and the answers (when possible) provided? Will this day ever come?
- If the church won’t or can’t do it, how I wish that FAIR would take this on: a very simple Q&A section, with very simple, straightforward answers. Just like askgramps.org, but with more accurate responses. FAIR….if you’re listening….PLEASE consider doing this.
- Finally, if you find any of gramps’ answers incorrect or offensive, please consider emailing him with your concerns or corrections. His email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am 100% sure that gramps is a totally nice and smart guy. I don’t mean to pile on him, or be mean spirited. I just don’t feel that all of his answers are helpful, and that some can be very damaging to the faithful (either because they are factually incorrect, or far too speculative).
That’s true with all I write too, of course, so take my editorial for what it’s worth.