Word Of Wisdom Research Paper

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The people of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are considered peculiar by people both within the church and non-members. This may be for different reasons but I think most people can tell that those of the LDS faith are unlike most other people in this world. This can be for many things, but I think a big part of it is the Word of Wisdom. So my question is, “Is the Word of Wisdom essential for the members of the LDS faith?” As the world and society continue to change, many things are becoming socially acceptable and not as taboo as they once were. Drugs, alcohol, and coffee seem to be taking over the world. It is easy to look at the benefits of things that we are told to stay away from and overlook the blessings and benefits …show more content…
President Benson said, “One hundred and fifty years have scientifically confirmed the Word of Wisdom as a formula for sound health.” The Word of Wisdom is a very simple but very effective way to eat for health but I think one thing always gets overlooked. Verse 12 and 13 very specifically state “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.” (Italics added by me.) I am a vegetarian and I get made fun of a lot for not eating meat. People seem to have a problem with my choice of what to eat but the people that have made the most fuss about it have been LDS. They always quote the first part of the verse but never continue on to what is, to me, the most important portion. Ezra Taft Benson expounded on the subject, “I have often felt that the Lord is further counseling us in this revelation against indiscriminately killing animals.” Yes, meat may taste good and people can argue that it is good for us but sometimes it is important to realize just where it is coming from. We no longer have to hunt to survive and animals are being raised with the only purpose of being slaughtered and eaten. It doesn’t seem ethical to me and it seems the Lord is also on that same …show more content…
It was taught that food was “made to be used, with judgement, not excess.” Anything in large quantities is dangerous, even things that are necessary and good for you. We are counseled to “cease to be idle; cease to be unclean; cease to find fault with one another; cease to sleep longer than is needful; retire to thy bed early, that ye may not be weary; arise early, that your bodies may be invigorated.” I firmly believe that this is part of living a healthy and happy life and as I have had to rise early for work, I know the importance of going to bed early as well, even if I have to make sacrifices of entertainment or socializing. In Section 89 it is mentioned that certain substances were for the “washing of your bodies” or for medicinal uses. The Lord revealed that sickness can be cured by special herbs and “mild food” that was placed on the earth for that purpose. Elder Burton effectively summed up what the Word of Wisdom encompasses when he said, “from my early youth I learned an important lesson: to avoid those things which were injurious to my

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