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From: Rebecca (
Subject: Re: Word of Wisdom
Date: October 3, 2004 at 6:42 pm PST

In Reply to: Another religion class question posted by Cristina on August 26, 2004 at 5:38 am:

I have been a memeber of the Church all my life, but just recently made a choice to go vegetarian. One of our scriptures is called the Doctrine and Covenants. In it there is a section 89. In this section was given direction to the Prophet regarding as to what is not good for the body, but also what is good for the body. Obedience to those instructions brings the blessings of health and wisdom, thus it is referred to in the church as the "Word of Wisdom". This was given in 1833, long before conventional medicine was aware of the things revealed in the Word of Wisdom. There were instructions given to not consume alcohol, tobacco use, hot drinks (later defined as coffee and black tea). Usually forgotten are the instructions on what we SHOULD eat. We as a group usually tend to devote a lot of energy on the don'ts and forget about the do's. The things listed as good for the body are: all wholesome herbs, every fruit in the season thereof, all grain, , all fruit of the vine whether above the ground or below the ground. The instructions for consumption of meat are as follows: that they are to be used sparingly, . It specifically states that it is not pleasing unto me for men to eat flesh and that they should only be eaten in times of famine, hardship or winter(when there is no vegetation growing)Verse 15 says these things hath God made for the use of man only in times of famine and excess of hunger.
A lot of Mormons do eat meat, but everthing is learned in stages. I think, AND THIS MY OPINION ONLY, that as people discover what the scriptures say, if they pray about what they have learned, they will make a good choice. Each soul is given free choice to choose the commandments they want to obey, I choose to recieve the blessings of following all of the word of wisdom, not just the don'ts.

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