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From: Tami (slb-proxy-02.boeing.com)
Subject:         Re: LDS and Veg. Question
Date: November 10, 2005 at 9:01 am PST

In Reply to: LDS and Veg. Question posted by Prometheus on October 16, 2004 at 5:17 pm:

Hi all,
I am new to this post. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, "Mormons", and am also becoming a vegan.

This is a new view in life for me as I was raised in a very meat-eating family. My understanding of the Church's policy is to follow those guidelines and commandments which would qualify you to attend the temple, which is the highest law expected of members (who so choose to live those principles). No one is asked about the amount of meat one eats, only if they live the Word of Wisdom; therefore, it remains a personal choice and responsibility for each individual to determine if they understand and are living the WoW.

That being said, the Word of Wisdom is clarified at the beginning by saying that it is adapted to the weakest saints. I could very easily read that to mean that if it were to be adapted to the strongest, we might be asked to do without chocolate (caffeine), and all meat, among other things.

I do agree with the Word of Wisdom and now as I am beginning to experience the vegan diet, I can attest that it is truly healthful to live by grains, "fruits of the vine", and herbs. If there were famine, I would definitely eat meat to stay alive, and I would do it with a truly grateful heart. But for now, with food in abundance, I have no need to kill another living soul.

We each learn a little bit at a time. If we were raised with one way of thinking, it can take a lifetime to be open-minded enough to look at other ways of doing things. Just my humble opinion.

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