Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Word of Wisdom is more than a health code -- It separates Church members from the world

IF I've learned one thing over the decades about the Word of Wisdom (Doctrine and Covenants section 89) in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it is that this is much MORE than just a health code.
Various scientific claims of the health values of drinking coffee or wine -- have abounded over the years and none of that dents my testimony of this God-given revelation.
Why?
Because I believe the Word of Wisdom is also something that separates, or distinguishes LDS Church members from the rest of the world.
In a majority of places in the 21st Century, anyone who does not drink coffee, tea, alcohol or even caffeine-laced energy drinks stands out.
Like the Israelites of the Old Testament times and their strict dietary code, today's World of Wisdom makes Latter-day Saints a distinct people.
I think a key problem with many teachings about the Word of Wisdom in Sunday School or Seminary -- or even Institute of Religion Classes -- fails to adequately stress this non-health aspect, a second dimension to this commandment.
Thus, some millennial Church members may drink coffee, energy drinks or similar fare -- especially college age young adults, thinking the practice is healthy.
-Ultimately, any Church member with a true testimony of the Word of Wisdom doesn't need any scientific backing to believe in it, just the confirmation of the Holy Ghost.
AND, it is also possible for a Church member to have a testimony of the Book of Mormon and NOT of the Word of Wisdom. Most Church members can lack true conversion in a number of specific commandments, as we are all imperfect.
  

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