The phrase “Word of Wisdom” is used in two distinct ways in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 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. According to the Doctrine and Covenants, it's the easiest thing to obey. It is true that it enjoins the use of deleterious substances and makes provision for the health of the body. Spoiled meat can be fatal if eaten, and in former times meat spoiled more readily in summer than winter. Mormon, Word of Wisdom, Doctrine and Covenants 89, meat, health, environment, animals. This text is a revelation Latter-day Saints believe God gave through Joseph Smith, Jr., the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ, in 1833. It … 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. President David O. McKay observed the gradual growth of these evils in his lifetime: “The purport of that [revelation] impressed me in the twenties and the thirties of this century. The Word of Wisdom recorded in section 89 of the Doctrine and Covenants is a law of health revealed by the Lord for the physical and spiritual benefit of His children. It is not necessary to be commanded in all things. 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. All “wholesome” plants are ordained for human use and should be used with “prudence and thanksgiving.” (verses 10–11), 3. All “wholesome” plants are ordai… 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.). 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. Grant emphasized that the Word of Wisdom was a commandment and warned those who did not obey it that “the day is gone by when the Lord will trifle with the Latter-day Saints. Naturally, that includes animal products, less subject than meat to putrefactive and other disturbances, such as eggs, milk, and cheese. There is one punctuation difference in the revelation commonly known as the "Word of Wisdom", that introduces a significant change in meaning. “Some have stumbled over the meaning of this expression and have argued that grains and fruits should only be used in the season of their growth and when they have ripened. Lawsuits against American tobacco companies in the last part of the 20th century made it clear that owners and employees of these companies conspired to hide the dangers of their products. 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The text of the Word of Wisdom is rich and includes many dimensions, but the dietary counsel could be summarized as follows: 1. Not everyone has to be an annoying veg like myself to make a difference. It is also the name of a health code based on this scripture, practiced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) and Mormon fundamentalists, and to a lesser extent, some other Latter Day Saint denominations. To men some of these commandments may be temporal, but they are spiritual to the Lord because they all have a bearing on the spiritual or eternal welfare of mankind.” (Church History and Modern Revelation, 1:383.) Every major writer on the Word of Wisdom has concluded that the “these” refers to the animals and not the grain. Excellent! In Mormonism the "Word of Wisdom" is the prophecy made by Joseph Smith, Jr. that alcohol, tobacco, and "hot drinks" such as coffee are not to be consumed. This is the eternal decree. The Word of Wisdom allows us to know that the Lord is vitally concerned about the health of His Saints. Elder LeGrand Richards asked if there is “any treasure of knowledge in this world to be sought after, more desirable than to know that God lives, that Jesus is the Christ, to know that his kingdom has been established again in the earth, to know that God has promised a reward for every commandment that he has given, to know that he has created this earth that we might prove unto him that we would do all things, not just a few of them, all things whatsoever the Lord our God hath commanded?” (in Conference Report, Apr. “This interpretation is reinforced by the fact that … water was early in the history of the Church substituted for wine, for sacramental purposes. 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. 3. It indicates simply the superior value of fresh foods as demonstrated by modern science, but does not necessarily prohibit the use of fruits or vegetables out of season if preserved by proper methods.” (Evidences and Reconciliations, 3:157.). There would be less disease and mankind would live longer if all would also heed the counsel of the Lord concerning the use of wholesome foods.” (Smith, Church History and Modern Revelation, 1:385. Strong drinks (alcohol), tobacco, and “hot drinks” (defined as “coffee and tea”) are not good for human consumption. Doctrine and Covenants 89:5–9 contains warnings against things not good for man, while verses 10–17 list the things that should be used to maintain good health. That wasn’t an accident; it was a fulfilment of the promise of God as a result of observance of the Lord’s commandments.” (In Conference Report, Oct. 1945, pp. 21–22. The revelation warned against tobacco and alcohol consumption, as had many other religious groups of the day. 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. 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. 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.). On 9 September 1851, some eighteen years after it was given, the Patriarch to the Church, John Smith, delivered a talk in general conference on the Word of Wisdom. If the “errant comma theory” is not plausible, what does D&C 89:13 mean? It is one of the most distinguishing characteristics of members of the Church of Jesus Christ. 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—. Does that help? Grains include wheat, rice, corn or maize, barley, millet, sorghum, oats, and rye. “All grain is good” and is ordained to be the “staff of life.” (verses 14, 16). The purpose of the Word of Wisdom is more spiritual than physical. Although the Word of Wisdom was received on 27 February 1833, its acceptance by individual members of the Church was gradual. If your question is not addressed (or addressed insufficiently), please contact Jane Birch. In 1851 President Young proposed to the general conference of the Church that all members formally covenant to keep the Word of Wisdom. A. I hope it is helpful! Meat has more calories than fruits and vegetables, which some individuals may need fewer of in summer than winter. Chuck, I think it says, because during times of famine and excess of hunger there is little to no food available to eat. Prayerfully study Doctrine and Covenants 88:77–80, 118, 122–127; the historical accounts given in this lesson; and Doctrine and Covenants 89. Just watched the speech today, so wanted to share. Alcohol and tobacco have place when used as the Lord intended. This revelation, known as the Word of Wisdom, was the result. “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. But the largest measure of good derived from its observance is in increased faith and the development of more spiritual power and wisdom. For a longer discussion of the dietary principles of the Word of Wisdom, see Dietary Principles of the Word of Wisdom. 10 And again, verily I say unto you, all wholesome herbs God hath ordained for the constitution, nature, and use of man—. When applied with skill, a tobacco poultice can be useful in healing the cuts and bruises of cattle. Abstract. 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. With great concern we observe the political and cultural divisions in the United States and around the world. by Jon Tandy. HC 1: 327-329. [1 Corinthians 15:22; 2 Nephi 9:6.] 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.). 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’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). The Word of Wisdom promises rich blessings to those who keep these sayings, along with the other commandments of God. 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 line of demarcation between the temporal, or physical, and the spiritual, cannot be definitely seen. This revelation, known as the Word of Wisdom, was the result. These “God hath ordained for the constitution, nature, and use of man” (v. 10). 18 And all saints who remember to keep and do these sayings, walking in obedience to the commandments, shall receive health in their navel and marrow to their bones; 19 And shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures; 20 And shall run and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint. The phrase Word of Wisdom is used at least two different ways in religion.. Mormonism []. Modern methods of refrigeration now make it possible to preserve meat in any season. Comments and feedback can be sent to feedback@ldsliving.com. Self-control is developed. ), President J. Reuben Clark Jr. said of verse 21: “This does not say and this does not mean, that to keep the Word of Wisdom is to insure us against death, for death is, in the eternal plan, co-equal with birth. 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. 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 … I have worked with many former, and inactive, LDS members over the years, having spent 15 years in the pizza restaurant business. Section 89. 1837 Seventies quorum in Kirtland, Ohio, enforces Word of Wis- 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). (Grains) It sounds just like eating meat, to only eat grains in times of famine and excess hunger. This angel visited Joseph Smith multiple times. wise counsel from the Father of our Bodies and the Creator of this earth. The section of the Doctrine and Covenants that addresses the Word of Wisdom. One Latter-day Saint physician noted the effects of tobacco on the body: “Time and time again the medical and psychological sciences have brought forth evidence which points toward the destructive nature of the cigarette. Following this a woman’s hand would be shown on billboards lighting or taking a cigarette. Is this the way you think it is what it is saying? We will learn by this faithful observance that the promises of the Lord are fulfilled.” (Improvement Era, Feb. 1956, pp. 78–79.). Learn how your comment data is processed. Strength of body, including resistance to contagion, is a result of wise living. Amazing! 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. The loss of spiritual health is far more serious than the loss of physical health. (see Doctrine and Covenants 98:5 ) . 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. The Word of Wisdom is spiritual. (verses 5–9), 2. This is one of the messages he gave. [See Young, Discourses of Brigham Young, pp. 183–84].” (Joseph F. Smith, in Conference Report, Oct. 1913, p. 14.). I’m reading D&C 89:14-15, All grain is ordained for the use of man and of beasts, to be the staff of life, not only for man but for the beasts of the field, and the fowls of heaven, and all wild animals that run or creep on the earth.And these hath God made for the use of man only in times of famine and excess of hunger. In order to receive a fulness of joy, we must strive to be clean and pure, both in mind and in body. Privacy Policy and Disclaimer. Section 13, The Restoration of the Aaronic Priesthood. It seems I and others stop reading at verse 12 of Doctrine & Covenants 89. “The reason undoubtedly why the Word of Wisdom was given—as not by ‘commandment or restraint’ was that at that time, at least, if it had been given as a commandment it would have brought every man, addicted to the use of these noxious things, under condemnation; so the Lord was merciful and gave them a chance to overcome, before He brought them under the law. 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 … Doctrine and Covenants 89:5–7 122 Jesus promised great blessings to those who obey the Word of Wisdom. Access Free Doctrine And Covenants Compendium SmithThe Improvement EraWrestling the AngelLiahonaThe Word of Wisdom Food PlanImprovement Era The Latter-Day Saints' Millennial Star Are the Mormon Scriptures Reliable? Their bodies will be stronger and healthier than if they did not obey it. (verses 5–9) 2. ), The Prophet Joseph Smith said: “I understand that some of the people are excusing themselves in using tea and coffee, because the Lord only said ‘hot drinks’ in the revelation of the Word of Wisdom. …, “Tea and coffee … are what the Lord meant when He said ‘hot drinks.’” (In Joel H. Johnson, Voice from the Mountains [Salt Lake City: Juvenile Instructor Office, 1881], p. 12. The truth is that the spiritual salvation is dependent upon the temporal far more than most men realize. This topic is found in Doctrine and Covenants … We have learned this from modern revelation. Obedience to the Word of Wisdom, keeping the “temple of God” undefiled (1 Corinthians 3:16), invites the Holy Ghost to help us resist the temptations of the world. President George Albert Smith pointed to a literal fulfillment of the promise of great treasures of knowledge: “I refer you to the February, 1944, number of The Improvement Era wherein was published a graph showing the relative position of the states of the Union as to the number of scientists born in those states in proportion to population. The blessings of obedience are much greater than just physical health (see D&C 76:5–10). 5 That inasmuch as any man drinketh wine or strong drink among you, behold it is not good, neither meet in the sight of your Father, only in assembling yourselves together to offer up your sacraments before him. The Prophet Joseph Smith received the Word of Wisdom by revelation in 1833. ), 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. Doctrine and Covenants 89:3 states that this revelation was “given for a principle with promise.” To receive the promise, we must obey the principle. The Word of Wisdom Doctrine and Covenants Section 89 Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio, February 27, 1833. Preparation 1. Some of the temporal benefits resulting from obedience to the Word of Wisdom are better health and vitality, strength, and endurance (see Brigham Young’s promise in Journal of Discourses, 12:156); greater strength to avoid such physical sins as unchastity (see Grant, Gospel Standards, p. 55); a savings in money not spent on harmful substances (see Grant, Gospel Standards, pp. 50–52); and greater resistance to many of the diseases that attack the body. The apple under the tree bruised and decaying is out of season while the good fruit is waiting to be plucked from the tree.” (Smith, Church History and Modern Revelation, 1:385. 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. Often, the other parts of D&C 89 are not specifically addressed, or are only superficially addressed. Social settings where prohibited substances are served remind both members of the Church and others that this principle sets member of the Church of Jesus Christ apart in distinct ways. So I say, every commandment involves a spiritual growth. Every investigator is taught these principles. 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. The first is the most important, as it is a standard of worthiness set by Latter-day Saint Church leaders for all Latter-day Saints. 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