In 1833 President Joseph Smith gave a revelation unto the church as a consequence of the early brethren using chewing tobacco in the meeting house. This revelation became known as the Word of Wisdom.
Many outside the church will see it as a list of ‘do’s’ and ‘don’t’, but for those within the church it is not so, but a health code or a way of life. Those ‘Mormons’ are often known by those outside the church as ‘weird’ or ‘strange’ because they do not drink alcohol, use tobacco or drink hot drinks. Although these three things may be the first that are taught to investigators of the church, they are only part of the whole.
So what is the Word of Wisdom and why should we keep it?
The Word of Wisdom is a commandment from God to help protect his children against ‘conspiring’ hearts of men who set out to trick and bind his children to that, which will only do them harm. Now remember this revelation was given in 1833 and at this time little or nothing was known about how food affected the body, yet it was given as a
‘…principle with promise, adapted to the capacity of the weak and the weakest of all saints, who are or can be called saints.’
So what does it actually say we should do to receive this promise –
- all wholesome herbs – the word ‘herbs’ is used to define all edible plants
- herb in the season thereof – today it is difficult to know, which season a plant is actually suppose to grow in as many are grown in other countries and shipped in, but for me this means locally grown whenever possible. Also today we can freeze and can foods successfully so that it is more available to everyone.
- flesh of beast and fowls of the air…with thanks giving…to be used sparingly…only in times of winter, cold or famine -Some will argue that because we can now preserve such things for later use we should eat as much as we like, however this adage has never been changed and we should eat them sparingly as commanded.
- ..of the vine…in the ground or above the ground
- grain is ordained for the use of man and of beast…Nevertheless wheat for man, corn for ox and oats for the horse and rye for the fowls and the swine
- barley for mild drinks
These are the promises – ‘And all saints who remember to keep and do these sayings, walking in obedience to the commandments, shall receive…
- health in their navel
- marrow to their bones
- shall find wisdom
- great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures
- shall run and not be weary and shall walk and not faint
The big one –
‘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.’
Most people will know of Moses and how he led the Israelites out of Egypt after the Lord sent plagues to destroy, but it was through strict obedience to the law that Moses gave that they were freed.
Although I have not read anywhere concerning what the ‘destroying angel’ may be today, but here are a few thoughts of my own. What if these modern destroying angels were; obesity, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and maybe even cancer. The Lord promises protection if we keep these things and do them, it is not enough to just know about them, we must walk in obedience to them. Many will say they cannot give up their ‘tea’ or ‘coffee’ but would rather go from one fad diet to another instead.
I know this works, I have lived it in times past and found not only great strength in the body but also as promised, great knowledge and wisdom.
So what fad diet are you thinking of trying next?
Maybe you should just change your life.