I say it does refer to tea, and coffee.” (“The Word of Wisdom,” Times and Seasons, 1 June 1842, p. 800. Obedience to these basic tenets of the Word of Wisdom is expected of every Church member, and is requisite for entering an Latter-day Saint temples and serving in leadership positions. The Lord (and the Church) teach us correct principles so that we can govern ourselves. He has said that His Spirit shall not always strive with man.” (Gospel Standards, pp. 55–56.) Every investigator is taught these principles. A. ), “The Word of Wisdom is not a system of vegetarianism. Alcohol is a valuable cleansing agent for wounds and abrasions. The “pure wine” in Doctrine and Covenants 89:6 “is understood to mean new or unfermented grape juice, since the Word of Wisdom declares unequivocally against the internal use of alcohol in any form. Strange as it may seem, if you began at the lower corner of that graph and followed up state by state, you would come to the state of Massachusetts next to the highest on the graph, yet you would not have reached the state of Utah. Word of Wisdom Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). First volume in a proposed series to honor great BYU teachers of the past. Abstract. The MormonThink writers have found this essay to be a very informative and interesting view on some of the details regarding the Word of Wisdom that most Latter-day Saints may not be aware of. 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However, the Book of Mormon shows that the Word of Wisdom was not only a response to Joseph’s own time and place but also drew on more … ), Elder Ezra T. Benson, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve under President Brigham Young, broadened the usual interpretation of the Word of Wisdom when he said: “When we first heard the revelation upon the Word of Wisdom many of us thought it consisted merely in our drinking tea and coffee, but it is not only using tea and coffee and our tobacco and whisky, but it is every other evil which is calculated to contaminate this people. Also, before fruits and vegetables could be preserved, people often did not have enough other food to eat in winter. Just watched the speech today, so wanted to share. The benefits of a veg diet are phenomenal. Drunken with strong drink, men have lost their reason; their counsel has been destroyed; their judgment and vision are fled; they reel forward to destruction. Modern methods of refrigeration now make it possible to preserve meat in any season. Daily news, articles & videos right to your inbox. In order to receive a fulness of joy, we must strive to be clean and pure, both in mind and in body. Does that help? The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Discovering the Word of Wisdom series of articles on the Word of Wisdom, Word of Wisdom Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), http://discoveringthewordofwisdom.com/about/the-word-of-wisdom/wow-faqs/pronoun-these-in-verse-15/. Injury to the body may be comparatively trivial to the damage to the soul in the destruction of faith and the retardation of spiritual growth. If all people helped out some by reducing meat consumption to sparingly (about once or twice a week) as humans are intended to eat, the earth would be able to heal. This is the meaning implied by the phrase “keeping the Word of Wisdom.” This site supports this definition of the Word of Wisdom whole-heartedly. Jim Whitefield has written several interesting and informative books on Mormonism that can be found on his website: The Mormon Delusion 10. The motion was accepted unanimously and became binding as a commandment for all Church members thereafter. This is not the intent, but any grain or fruit is out of season no matter what part of the year it may be, if it is unfit for use. Like other scriptures, we rely on guidance from living prophets to help us to know how Doctrine and Covenants Section 89 should be applied in our time. 8 And again, tobacco is not for the body, neither for the belly, and is not good for man, but is an herb for bruises and all sick cattle, to be used with judgment and skill. With over 450 references, The Word of Wisdom: Hope, Healing, and the Destroying Angel is a fresh look at Doctrine and Covenants 89 according to the scriptures, modern prophets, and scientific research. 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