Individuals who struggle with addictions may not succeed in quitting all at once but can be helped by family, health professionals, medication, fasting, prayer, and priesthood blessings. 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. "In 1833 the Lord revealed to the Prophet Joseph Smith a plan for healthy living. The Word of Wisdom promises rich blessings to those who keep these sayings, along with the other commandments of God. However, the well-known prohibitions are usually the only part of the text that are emphasized. (see Doctrine and Covenants 98:5 ) . Amazing! 200. ), 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. An official statement by the Church’s leaders reads: “With reference to cola drinks, the Church has never officially taken a position on this matter, but the leaders of the Church have advised, and we do now specifically advise, against the use of any drink containing harmful habit-forming drugs under circumstances that would result in acquiring the habit. The Lord’s instruction in verse 6 that for the sacrament the Saints use “pure wine of the grape of the vine, of your own make” reinforces His earlier instruction that “you shall not purchase [for the sacrament] wine neither strong drink of your enemies; “Wherefore, you shall partake of none except it is made new among you” (D&C 27:3–4). “Drink brings cruelty into the home; it walks arm in arm with poverty; its companions are disease and plague; it puts chastity to flight; and it knows neither honesty nor fair dealing; it is a total stranger to truth; it drowns conscience; it is the bodyguard of evil; it curses all who touch it. I hope it is helpful! Clearly, meat is permitted [see D&C 42:18]. This straightforward interpretation has, in fact, been the one most commonly used by Latter-day Saints who … I have worked with many former, and inactive, LDS members over the years, having spent 15 years in the pizza restaurant business. Meat has more calories than fruits and vegetables, which some individuals may need fewer of in summer than winter. Youth who are tempted to smoke, drink, or take drugs should be aware, not only of the spiritual danger of disobedience to God’s commandments, but of how difficult it can be to stop taking harmful substances after one has become addicted to them. This is the eternal decree. The loss of spiritual health is far more serious than the loss of physical health. 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The Doctrine and Covenants, one of the four holy scriptures of the LDS Church, contains a section called the Word of Wisdom, which instructs church members … The first school of the prophets was held in a small room situated over the Prophet Joseph’s kitchen, in a house which belonged to Bishop Whitney. As a consequence of the early brethren using tobacco in their meetings, the Prophet was led to ponder upon the matter; consequently, he inquired of the Lord concerning it. 12 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; 13 And it is pleasing unto me that they should not be used, only in times of winter, or of cold, or famine. No Latter-day Saint grows up in the Church of Jesus Christ without learning that the standard for keeping the Word of Wisdom is to abstain from all alcohol, tobacco, coffee, tea, and harmful drugs. The Lord has said that he has not given a temporal commandment at any time. Generally most Latter-day Saints have also read the full text of D&C 89. That is implied in verse 3 of the revelation which states that the Word of Wisdom is ‘adapted to the capacity of the weak and the weakest of all Saints, who are or can be called Saints.’ 2. But the largest measure of good derived from its observance is in increased faith and the development of more spiritual power and wisdom. 16 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—. President Stephen L Richards noted: “Every commandment of God is spiritual in nature. This topic is found in Doctrine and Covenants … “In my judgment,” said Elder George Albert Smith, “the use of tobacco, a little thing as it seems to some men, has been the means of destroying their spiritual life, has been the means of driving from them the companionship of the Spirit of our Father, has alienated them from the society of good men and women, and has brought upon them the disregard and reproach of the children that have been born to them, and yet the devil will say to a man, Oh, it’s only a little thing!” (in Conference Report, Apr. . Their bodies will be stronger and healthier than if they did not obey it. It’s so excellent to see the plant-based lifestyle catching on and that it is working for so many people! Although the first meaning of “Word of Wisdom” is most important, this page (and the entire Discovering the Word of Wisdom website) are dedicated to an exploration of the second meaning. We condemn violence and lawless behavior, including the recent violence in Washington, D.C. and any suggestion of further violence. This verse has caused some to ask if meat should be eaten in the summer. The Word of Wisdom in Mormon Scriptures. If we live the Word of Wisdom, we keep ourselves pure before the Lord, who can then bestow all His blessings both in this world and in the world to come. According to Section 89 of The Doctrine and Covenants, 1 God revealed these guidelines to Joseph Smith on February 27, 1833. The revelation reads: “‘For, behold, I say unto you, that it mattereth not what ye shall eat or what ye shall drink when ye partake of the sacrament, if it so be that ye do it with an eye single to my glory—remembering unto the Father my body which was laid down for you, and my blood which was shed for the remission of your sins.’ [D&C 27:2].” (Widtsoe, Word of Wisdom, pp. 60–61.). Doctrine and Covenants 89:5–7 122 Jesus promised great blessings to those who obey the Word of Wisdom. It is one of the most distinguishing characteristics of members of the Church of Jesus Christ. A. Strong drinks (alcohol), tobacco, and “hot drinks” (defined as “coffee and tea”) are not good for human consumption. wise counsel from the Father of our Bodies and the Creator of this earth. It … ), “The Word of Wisdom is not a system of vegetarianism. While the commandments have effect upon the body and temporal things they are all in essence spiritual. Section 89 of the Doctrine and Covenants (D&C) contains a revelation from God commonly referred to as the  “Word of Wisdom.” In this revelation, God explains what is and is not ordained for human consumption. The text of the Word of Wisdom is rich and includes many dimensions, but the dietary counsel could be summarized as follows: 1. During his address, President Brigham Young arose and proposed that all Saints formally covenant to abstain from tea, coffee, tobacco, whiskey, and “all things mentioned in the Word of Wisdom” (“Minutes of the General Conference,” Millennial Star, 1 Feb. 1852, p. 35). Many through the years have likewise conspired or contributed to making the use of alcohol, coffee, tea, other forms of tobacco, and drugs more socially acceptable. The "Word of Wisdom" is the common name of an 1833 section of the Doctrine and Covenants, a book considered by many churches within the Latter Day Saint movement to consist of revelations from God. Smoking causes a man to perform at an altitude as much as 5,000 feet higher than he really is, because of the oxygen space it preempts in his blood.” (W. Dean Belnap, “Tobacco and the Spirit of Man,” Instructor, Dec. 1966, p. 464.). If the “errant comma theory” is not plausible, what does D&C 89:13 mean? Our usual editor's commentary on this subject is at the end. Strength of body, including resistance to contagion, is a result of wise living. 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. The second way the phrase “Word of Wisdom” is commonly used in the Church of Jesus Christ is in reference to the text in Section 89 of the Doctrine and Covenants. By that token most of our foodstuffs could not be eaten.” (Widtsoe, Evidences and Reconciliations, 3:156–57.). “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; And it is pleasing unto me that they should not be used, only in times of winter, or of cold, or famine.” Doctrine and Covenants 89: 12 and 13 A plain reading of the text makes any interpretation other than “Don’t eat meat unless it is winter or famine, and even then, do so sparingly” difficult to justify. All who humble themselves and come to the Lord may become Saints, and in Doctrine and Covenants 89:3 the Lord assures us that all Saints can obey the Word of Wisdom. Every investigator is taught these principles. Often, the other parts of D&C 89 are not specifically addressed, or are only superficially addressed. The first three verses were originally written as an inspired introduction and description by the Prophet. “All grain is good” and is ordained to be the “staff of life.” (verses 14, 16). When used to bathe an injured part of the body, alcohol performs a service for which it was intended. On February 27, 1833, Joseph Smith received the revelation that would become Doctrine and Covenants 89, the Word of Wisdom. This angel visited Joseph Smith multiple times. They had a slogan: ‘Take a cigarette instead of a sweet.’, “Later, some of us who like the theatre, noticed that they would have a young lady light the gentleman’s cigarette. Sections 15–16, Revelations to John Whitmer and Peter Whitmer Jr. It points the way and gives us ample instruction in regard to both food and drink, good for the body and also detrimental. I have written more on this here: http://discoveringthewordofwisdom.com/about/the-word-of-wisdom/wow-faqs/pronoun-these-in-verse-15/. The line of demarcation between the temporal, or physical, and the spiritual, cannot be definitely seen. 7 And, again, strong drinks are not for the belly, but for the washing of your bodies. These “God hath ordained for the constitution, nature, and use of man” (v. 10). The Word of Wisdom is a basic law. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Bit by bit, piece by piece, a great mass of evidence is accumulating to substantiate from a purely scientific viewpoint the words of the Lord that ‘tobacco is not for the body.’ Nicotine in large quantities can take over the nervous system, causing severe convulsions. 1837 Seventies quorum in Kirtland, Ohio, enforces Word of Wis- Amen. 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. The full text of the Word of Wisdom can be found in Doctrine and Covenants, section 89. “You remember how insidiously they launched their plan. Youth who are tempted to smoke, drink, or take drugs should be aware, not only of the spiritual danger of disobedience to God’s commandments, but of how difficult it can be to stop taking harmful substances after one has become … Discovering the Word of Wisdom: Surprising Insights from a Whole Food, Plant-based Perspective by Jane Birch, Discovering the Word of Wisdom series of articles on the Word of Wisdom in Meridian Magazine by Jane Birch. (verses 5–9), 2. Any reasonable reader would understand that to be the pla… 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. I believe we would be greatly blessed by heeding this counsel, but we are each responsible for discovering how it applies to us as individuals. Christ invites all to come unto Him and denies none (see 2 Nephi 26:32). 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. Section 89 of the Doctrine and Covenants(D&C) contains a revelation from God commonly referred to as the “Word of Wisdom.” In this revelation, God explains what is and is not ordained for human consumption. As serious as the physical dangers are for using tobacco, the spiritual dangers, especially for members of the Church who know the law, are even more serious. But it does mean that the destroying angel, he who comes to punish the unrighteous for their sins, as he in olden time afflicted the corrupt Egyptians in their wickedness [Exodus 12:23, 29], shall pass by the Saints, ‘who are walking in obedience to the commandments,’ and who ‘remember to keep and do these sayings.’ These promises do mean that all those who qualify themselves to enjoy them will be permitted so to live out their lives that they may gain the full experiences and get the full knowledge which they need in order to progress to the highest exaltation in eternity, all these will live until their work is finished and God calls them back to their eternal home, as a reward.” (In Conference Report, Oct. 1940, pp. 17–18.). He has graciously given us counsel for improving our health, endurance, and resistance to many diseases. Verse 13 seems to suggest a further restriction of meat consumption beyond the admonition in verse 12 to consume it “sparingly.” But what is that restriction? With great concern we observe the political and cultural divisions in the United States and around the world. 1 A Word OF Wisdom, for the benefit of the council of high priests, assembled in Kirtland, and the church, and also the saints in Zion Jim Whitefield has written several interesting and informative books on Mormonism that can be found on his website: The Mormon Delusion 10. Following this a woman’s hand would be shown on billboards lighting or taking a cigarette. 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