D&C 89: 2-3, 10, 12, 16
“The word of wisdom, showing forth the order and will of God in the temporal salvation of all saints in the last days
“Given for a principle with promise, adapted to the capacity of the weak and the weakest of all saints…
“….all wholesome herbs God hath ordained for the constitution, nature, and use of man
“Yea, flesh also of beasts and of the fowls of the air, I, the Lord, have ordained for the use of man with thanksgiving; nevertheless they are to be used sparingly;”
All grain is good for the food of man; as also the fruit of the vine; that which yieldeth fruit, whether in the ground or above the ground
There is nothing complicated about the principles taught in the word of wisdom.
1. EAT Fruits and Veggies in abundance.
2. Eat Meat Sparingly Eat
3. Eat Whole Grains whenever possible.
I’m going to add my take on the subject.
4. Don’t eat more than your body needs. Calorie count if necessary.
5. Exercise! Move your body. Cease to be idle! (D&C 88:124)
6. Get proper sleep! D&C 88: 124….cease to sleep longer than is needful; retire to thy bed early, that ye may not be weary; arise early, that your bodies and your minds may be invigorated.
7. Last but most definitely NOT least. Pray, pray, pray for God’s help and forgiveness in your journey. Use the Atonement of Jesus Christ to heal your body.
The body you’ve been given is coveted by the adversary. Keep it healthy!
We are counseled to abstain from harmful substances such as tea, coffee, tobacco and illegal drugs. In 1 Corinthians 3:16 “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?”
D&C 89:4 Behold, verily, thus saith the Lord unto you: In consequence of evils and designs which do and will exist in the hearts of conspiring men in the last days, I have warned you, and forewarn you, by giving unto you this word of wisdom by revelation—
In D & C 89: 5,8-9 This is specifically what it says;
“That inasmuch as any man drinketh wine or strong drink among you, behold it is not good….
“And again, tobacco is not for the body, neither for the belly, and is not good for man….
“And again, hot drinks (tea and coffee) are not for the body or belly.
Other things to abstain from but not specifically listed in the Word of Wisdom a.k.a., our opinion; sugar, caffeine, diet sodas, and heavily processed foods. So many harmful chemicals are found in these. Processed foods contain carcinogens, and addictive qualities. Even sugar has been found to be addictive and stimulating. Foods that are heavily laden in fats(unhealthy fats) are also very harmful. Use these foods with GREAT caution.
The following are beautiful blessings promised to us if we follow the teachings in the Word of Wisdom.
D & C 89: 18-21
“…..shall receive health in their navel and marrow to their bones;
“And shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures;
“And shall run and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint.
“And I, the Lord, give unto them a promise, that the destroying angel shall pass by them, as the children of Israel, and not slay them. Amen.
The Word of Wisdom is such a simple principle. I am driven by duty, to teach a people, to teach you. It is not only my responsibility to teach members of our church, but every person. Through this blog I am trying educate, not guilt you into a healthier lifestyle.
Caution MUST be used when feeding our families! So much has been changed in food production to make what eat “appear” to be food. When I read in D&C 89:4 Behold, verily, thus saith the Lord unto you: In consequence of evils and designs which do and will exist in the hearts of conspiring men in the last days, I have warned you, and forewarn you, by giving unto you this word of wisdom by revelation— I don’t only apply it to smoking, tea, coffee illegal drugs and alcohol. My mind directly goes to food production, genetic modification of foods and the quantities that we have been trained to eat.
As members and as a people we need to apply knowledge, wisdom, and prayer and become inspired on how to apply this to our lives. Why prayer ? Because we are different, down to the cellular level, and Heavenly Father is the only one who knows us inside and out. My body can tolerate grains and dairy and yours may not be the same. He created us. HE is the one we should be asking for answers.
I don’t claim to be a nutritional expert. I have taken nutrition in college and through my personal training coursework. But my greatest leap in health came when I prayed for help and listened to the still small voice of the Holy Ghost. My prayer is that you will do the same.
“How I wish that each of us could have a strong testimony of the Word of Wisdom and that we could share with others the results of its sacred promises so that our future generations can be healthy and intelligent, and so our families and nations can be strengthened. In this way, we can become worthy of the final promise of the Lord as contained in this section of the Doctrine and Covenants: “And I, the Lord, give unto them a promise, that the destroying angel shall pass by them, as the children of Israel, and not slay them.” ( D&C 89:21.) When we humbly recognize and fully accept the counsel of the Lord, nothing will be able to hold back man’s intelligence.
The living prophets constantly teach us about these sacred principles, but men seem to mock them, even as they are being undermined and destroyed by those harmful substances which not only destroy the body and the mind, but also the spirit. Our clinics and hospitals are full of these people, and yet men still resist the word of the Lord and refuse to recognize the wisdom that lies therein.” Elder Eduardo Ayala October, 1990 General Conference
Line upon line, precept upon precept.8