Tag: word of wisdom

The meaning of hot drinks

I’ve often wondered about the revelation that says hot drinks are not for the body or belly. Joseph Smith gave us the word of wisdom  — “To be sent by greeting; not by commandment or constraint, but by revelation and the word of wisdom, showing forth the order and will of God in the temporal salvation of all saints in the last days—” (D&C 89) And again, hot drinks are not for the body or belly. It’s quite possible that Joseph received this counsel to mean “HOT drinks” — not the type of hot drink, but the temperature of the...

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Hugh Nibley Word of Wisdom Commentary

The Word of Wisdom: A Commentary on D&C 89 Hugh Nibley (December 1979 Gospel Doctrine Class, Manavu Ward) The Word of Wisdom is so familiar that we can get through this in a hurry, except for a few neglected patches. First, it’s a greeting, not by commandment or constraint, but a word of wisdom, the order and will of God for the temporal salvation for all Saints in these last days. The covenants you make are eternal, but you’re not going to be worried about tea, coffee and tobacco in the world hereafter. In the ages to come I...

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Learning To Be Wise — The Word of Wisdom

Mormons are known for many things. One of them being their refusal to drink tea and coffee. Some abstain from caffeine, though that isn’t a commandment. I’m not sure why the Word of Wisdom became a commandment instead of advice for healthy living. I’m not sure why some drinks and foods became verboten while others accepted. President David O. McKay enjoyed his coca cola. The Word of Wisdom was initially given as a “greeting; not by commandment or constraint..” but for the temporal salvation of  all in the last days. It has become one of the defining characteristics of practicing...

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Mormons and caffeine

I never did feel spiritually guilty about drinking a Diet Coke. And now, we get a little clarity on the subject from the official LDS church website “the church does not prohibit the use of caffeine” and that the health-code’s reference to “hot drinks” ”does not go beyond (tea and coffee).”  That was later updated to read as follows:  “The Church revelation spelling out health practices does not mention the use of caffeine.  The Church’s health guidelines prohibit alcoholic drinks, smoking or chewing of tobacco, and “hot drinks” — taught by Church leaders to refer specifically to tea and coffee....

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