It sometimes surprises us that it took over 80 years for the majority of the early Saints to commit to giving up harmful substances. Those of us who grew up keeping the Word of Wisdom are fortunate to have never developed the addictions that many of the early Saints had, but are we really all that different from these early Saints?
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With 21 verses of dietary counsel in the Word of Wisdom, why are the prohibitions the ones most emphasized? Why is this the only part of the Word of Wisdom that many Saints know? I certainly don’t have all the answers, but this week I will explore this topic.
The familiar prohibitions of alcohol, tobacco, coffee, and tea have been clarified, but D&C 89 contains much more counsel from the very person who knows best how to nourish our bodies and spirits: our Creator! Here are some important things Church leaders have said on the subject.
If the dietary principles in the Word of Wisdom are so clear, why aren’t we instructed to eat this way as part of our religion? This week I begin discussing this interesting topic.
Dairy and eggs are not specifically mentioned in the Word of Wisdom—neither are Twinkies or Junior Mints. I conclude that none of these are as important to our health as are plants. Here, however, I rely more on the spirit of the law than the letter of the law to form an opinion.
The travails of the ill-fated Willie handcart company are well documented and part of our shared Church history and culture. What my ancestors George and John Brazier endured laid the foundation of my personal pioneer heritage of faith and fortitude. Unfortunately, that is not my only family legacy.
Our day is the only time in history when so many people have the option of replacing grains with foods that the Lord did not ordain as the staff of life. It is also the only day when grains are under widespread attack. This is the day when we most need this wisdom.