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AmandaMay 23, 2015

There is an interesting story about Joseph Smith addressing Word of Wisdom extremism and fanaticism in this post from yesterday: https://thewonderwomen.squarespace.com/blog/2015/5/22/my-days-as-a-mormon-vegetarian

James SimmonsMay 22, 2015

Regarding the many comments about protein, how much is sparing, what about bone broth, and so forth; animal products are not ordained for our use for food unless we have a need for them to help save our lives. For example, it is perfectly fine to restore the health of a compromised digestive system using "bone broths," and we are to receive the bone broth with gratitude and thanksgiving toward animals that sacrifice their lives for us. It is an extraordinary gift they give to us. Similarly, there are various other imbalances that are difficult to correct without some flesh or bone broth in the diet. But these are fairly rare compared to the horrific woes we bring upon ourselves when we eat animal products without any need to do so. There are over 4000 documented diseases that are linked directly to eating animal products without any need to do so. Also, the notion that it is impossible to satisfy one's appetite without flesh is a false notion. In 1979, during a BYU devotional, President Benson invited all BYU students to eat like the Prophet Daniel. In another address on the Sabbath Day he invited us to study the words of Flavius Josephus who gives a detailed account about how Daniel ate. When you eat like Daniel you are not at all left feeling hungry, nor are you burdened with heavy meats. All things mental, spiritual and temporal are more easily accomplished, just as Josephus describes in his account regarding Daniel. President Benson taught that it took time for the early church members to understand and apply the "don'ts" of the Word of Wisdom properly. He then said that it takes to first understand the law correctly, and then to learn how to apply it successfully. Therefore, if first you don't succeed, try, try again. The Lord will quicken your efforts and will lead you personally in the path until you can obey him with exactness. In the meantime, he will gently teach you as fast as you are willing and able to learn more. He has sure been kind and helpful to me in this thing.

James SimmonsMay 22, 2015

What a great article Jane! Often when we are compelled through illness to find difficult answers, we are humbled and are more easily led to overcome our veil of unbelief that separates us from the great treasures of knowledge that we need to have power over our weaknesses. Elder Merrill is a perfect example of one who came to see much more clearly what the Lord has given to us so plainly. Until we do as King Lamoni, and give away all that is false within us to know God, we cannot lay hold upon promised blessings that come through exact obedience to the Lord. Thank you for sharing the simplicity and plainness that is found in the Lord's Law of Health. It helps strengthen my own desires toward exact obedience to the Lord in all things.

TBMay 22, 2015

Jane cites the USDA. Since when has that Agency given a recommendation actually based on science and not political motive. Beef.. its what's for dinner. And yes, I grow my own hormone free.

AvilaMay 21, 2015

Here's a great article to put into perspective just how much meat the people of Joseph Smith's day were eating. I had no idea! https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/06/how-americans-used-to-eat/371895/

SJMay 21, 2015

According to the research of Susan Easton Black, professor at BYU, the people living where Joseph Smith lived in New York ate an average of 5-7 pounds (!) of meat per day, because hunting was faster than growing crops. Eating a few ounces of meat a day is eating meat sparingly in the context of how much the saints were accustomed to eating. I tried eating completely vegetarian one summer and was constantly hungry. Daily eating 7-9 servings of fruits and vegetables, 5 oz of meat/ eggs, some dairy, 3 servings of whole grains, and some butter has kept me at the same weight I was at 18 and I never get the flu and hardly ever get a cold. I also never drink soda, which can drain the body of nutrients.

SJMay 21, 2015

According to the research of Susan Easton Black, professor at BYU, the people living where Joseph Smith lived in New York ate an average of 5-7 pounds (!) of meat per day, because hunting was faster than growing crops. Eating a few ounces of meat a day is eating meat sparingly in the context of how much the saints were accustomed to eating. I tried eating completely vegetarian one summer and was constantly hungry. Daily eating 7-9 servings of fruits and vegetables, 5 oz of meat/ eggs, some dairy, 3 servings of whole grains, and some butter has kept me at the same weight I was at 18 and I never get the flu and hardly ever get a cold. I also never drink soda, which can drain the body of nutrients. ffffffffffff

AvilaMay 21, 2015

It sounds like Elder Merrill's biggest "beef" with meat was the protein content. I wonder what he would have to say about things like bone broth which has long been recognized for its healing properties. I was a vegetarian for a while before I discovered the work of the Weston A. Price Foundation - who also advocate very small amounts of protein but liberal use of fats like butter and lard and plenty of bone broth. Looking back I recognize what a self-righteous mindset I was in as an ardent vegetarian. I've heard stories that Brigham Young experimented with vegetarianism too, in his younger days. But what pattern of eating did he settle on in the end? Had that roasted pigeon for breakfast nearly every morning according to his daughter's journal. Had plenty of non-vegetarian soup, and he loved his cod gravy.

CharlieBrown2292May 21, 2015

Interestingly, there may be no Coke dispensers at BYU Campus, but there is plenty of meat, sweets, and processed foods there ... Same for Church-owned facilities, including Church Administration Building and Temples. As for Tithing vs. Law of Consecration, much remains to be done to get the whole Church, including its Leaders, to apply the Word of Wisdom in the way it was initially intended...

ByronMay 20, 2015

remarkable ... so surprised I hadn't seen this before. What insight! What courage! Thank you Jane for another reminder of how inspired the WOW is and how it will bless our lives if we will incorporate it into our lives.

SherriMay 20, 2015

This was a great article and one apostle I hadn't heard about who ate a plant based diet. I very much enjoyed this. What an apostle says many years ago is still truth today. How could anyone argue about these truths? People are very sensitive about their dietary habits and in defense will find some way to justify their use of meat or other animal product usage and find fault in those that speak against it. I have found that by asking the Lord what is best for my body and letting him teach me has brought me greater health. Those that go to the Lord for help in understanding the Word of Wisdom and have an open heart to receive the truth in regards to their own health will receive it. Wonderful article!

Janine GoldhardtMay 20, 2015

Australian's get our B vitamins by eating Vegemite! Delicious!

Lady in the GardenMay 20, 2015

But we don't use animal products for merely protein or energy. We incorporate them into our diet for the many other beneficial nutrients they contain, like true vitamin A (not the beta carotene of plant food - which is only a precurser to vitamin A) and a long list of other nourishing micro-elements that go way being protein. My family is so thankful for the small amounts of animal foods that garnish our meals and provide such a bounty of taste. And since we have ditched the low-fat, high-carb recommendations of the food corporation-owned USDA we have been more pleasant to be around to boot. We love our backyard grown veggies - but we love them even more with butter or with a homemade dressing that never contains soybean or canola oil.

mrmMay 19, 2015

Interesting article. One concern not addressed however is Vitamin B12 which is only naturally found in meat products, not plant foods.

Bob SiskMay 19, 2015

After reading this article I was surprised not to find Daniel, chapter 1 mentioned. :-) Bob Sisk Chandler, AZ

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