Questions from the Grass Roots, 1948

The Church News introduced a Q&A column in 1948, with this invitation:

This column is for the use of our readers. If you have questions on any Church problem, concerning doctrine, history, Church government or procedure, send them to the Church News Editor, Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah.

All questions must be accompanied by name and address. If a question cannot be answered in this column the author will be so informed by letter.

On the one hand, I like these questions as being more representative of the issues that were on the minds of ordinary Church members than the more formal organizational and doctrinal matters that have been the subject of earlier “I Have a Question” posts. On the other hand, it is impossible to know who provided the answers and therefore how “official” they were. Still, this reflects what people were thinking and asking and teaching.

You aren’t going to believe some of the oddities that will appear in this and future posts!

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