Word of Wisdom

The Word of Wisdom is a revelation given to the Mormon Prophet Joseph Smith on February 27, 1833 and gives instruction on how to care for the body.

Members of the Mormon Church refer to the “Word of Wisdom” as the Lord’s Law of Health. In the Bible, God refers to the human body as a ‘temple of God’ 1and expects us to treat it as such. These words of wisdom concerning the body are found in Doctrine and Covenants 89 in the Book of Mormon.2 Mormons believe that if the body is abused, which is believed to be the ‘temple of God’, then the physical as well as the spiritual body is injured.

God counsels in Doctrine and Covenants 89, to not use ‘wine and strong drinks’, tobacco, harmful drugs and anything that is habit forming. The prophets have counseled the members to not take anything harmful into the body; anything that would be addictive, illegal drugs and the abuse of prescription drugs. Doing so is breaking the law of the Word of Wisdom.

The Word of Wisdom does not reveal everything to avoid, but it does give guidelines. Mormons do believe that the Word of Wisdom is a temporal law as well as a spiritual law, meaning that when the commandment is obeyed than the body is more receptive to the Spirit.

God also reveals those things that are good for the body: fruits, vegetables, herbs, grains, and birds and animals, which are provided for food.2 The Mormons have been counseled in the Book of Mormon, “…yea, all things which come of the earth, in the season thereof, are made for the benefit and the use of man…yea for food and for raiment, for taste and for smell, to strengthen the body and to enliven the soul.”3

Mormons believe that God has given these health laws to teach us how to care for our bodies. In keeping with the ‘Lord’s law of health’, God promises to bless us physically and spiritually. Again in Doctrine and Covenants 89, God promises that we “shall run and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint.” God also promises great spiritual blessings; you “shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures”.2

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1 “Holy Bible”, 1 Corinthians 3:16-17

2 “Book of Mormon”, Doctrine and Covenants 89; “Mormon Doctrine”, McConkie, 1966, p846

3 “Book of Mormon”, Doctrine and Covenants 59:16-20


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