Revelation through Joseph Smith, Kirtland, Ohio, February
27, 1833. History of the Church 1:327-29.
1 A Word of Wisdom, for the benefit of the council of
high priests, assembled in Kirtland, and the church, and also the saints
in Zion --
2 To be sent 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 --
3 Given for a principle with promise, adapted to the
capacity of the weak and the weakest of all saints, who are or can be called
No matter where we are in our understanding of the
care of our bodies, the Lord opens the door to the greatest blessing of
that body in this, His compassionately kind, but truthful counsel.
But please notice the Lord's warning against the conspiring
men who would bring harm to your body (and your spirit) -- obviously for
their own gain, through powerful base appetite manipulation to obtain the
boundless profits made in promoting and maintaining myriads of human additions
and the endless treatments for their equally uncountable consequent diseases!
4 Behold, verily, thus saith the Lord unto you: In consequence
of evils and designs which do and will exist in the hearts of conspiring
men in the last days, I have warned you, and forewarn you, by giving unto
you this word of wisdom by revelation --
5 That inasmuch as any man drinketh wine or strong drink
among you, behold it is not good, neither meet in the sight of your Father,
only in assembling yourselves together to offer up your sacraments before
6 And, behold, this should be wine, yea, pure wine of
the grape of the vine, of your own make.
7 And, again, strong drinks are not for the belly, but
for the washing of your bodies.
8 And again, tobacco is not for the body, neither for
the belly, and is not good for man, but is an herb for bruises and all
sick cattle, to be used with judgment and skill.
9 And again, hot drinks are not for the body or belly.
Most members of the Church are thoroughly taught and
have a clear understanding of the above counsels. But less energy
or discussion is given to this following (appropriate for personal study,
personal pondering and personal responsibility) "rest" of the Lord's law
10 And again, verily I say unto you, all wholesome herbs
God hath ordained for the constitution, nature, and use of man --
11 Every herb in the season thereof, and every fruit
in the season thereof; all these to be used with prudence and thanksgiving.
12 Yea, flesh also of beasts and of the fowls of the
air, I, the Lord, have ordained for the use of man with thanksgiving; nevertheless
they are to be used sparingly;
13 And it
is pleasing unto me that they should not be used, only in
times of winter, or of cold, or famine.
14 All grain is ordained for the use of man and of beasts,
to be the staff of life, not only for man but
for the beasts of the field, and the fowls of heaven, and all wild animals
that run or creep on the earth;
15 And these hath God made for the use of man only
in times of famine and excess of hunger.
16 All grain is good for the food of man; as also the
fruit of the vine; that which yieldeth fruit, whether in the ground or
above the ground --
17 Nevertheless, wheat for man, and corn for the ox,
and oats for the horse, and rye for the fowls and for swine, and for all
beasts of the field, and barley for all useful animals, and for mild drinks,
as also other grain.
Unfortunately (as it was with me before I nearly lost
my own life) because we have given little personal heed to verses 10 through
17, especially verses 13 and 15 (which clearly limits animal killing and
consumption to the life threatening conditions
of winter, cold, famine, excess of hunger
- DC 49: 21 & footnote
21a) we individually and as a group cannot and are not fully
enjoying the full health and spirit promises of the Lord described below
in verses 18 through 21. So beyond accident, damage at birth
or circumstances beyond our control, if we are not receiving these
promised blessing fully (true medical statistics for us are clear that
we are not), it is because we individually have choosen to ignore
this part of the law -- or it is because we have not fully questioned nor
do not understand this part of it. Either way -- in not understanding,
or worse, in designidly ignoring this law -- pleasing
our bellies instead of pleasing our Creator -- we cannot have
its complete blessings (promised in verses 18-21 below) without complete
understanding and complete compliance!
You see -- "There is a law, irrevocably decreed
in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings
are predicated -- And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience
to that law upon which it is predicated (D&C 130:20,21).
So there is no "fudging" -- there is no compromise
allowable on this vitally important nourishment part of the "Word of Wisdom"
either! But look (below) at the wonderful rewards obtainable (with some
"patience and long suffering") if we do get it right!
18 And all saints who remember to keep and do these sayings,
walking in obedience to the commandments, shall receive health in their
navel and marrow to their bones;
19 And shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge,
even hidden treasures;
20 And shall run and not be weary, and shall walk and
21 And I, the Lord, give unto them a promise, that the
destroying angel shall pass by them, as the children of Israel, and not
slay them. Amen.
The Word of Wisdom is an eternal physical law designed
for facilitating the spirit! So it requires real physical compliance
to enhance or completely enable that spirit!
Their is no use of stimulants, drugs, hormones or steroids
permitted here -- nor cheating the body in its nourishment program or any
half understanding in its protection and care in this principle!
-- that is, if we expect to finish as Earth-experienced Honor Graduates
and receive Eternity's athletic achievement award -- with its promised
"Treasures of Knowledge", "run and not be weary" and the "destroying angel
passing by us" Gold!
Please do not be seduced or fooled into believing the
commonly accepted concept that your body will be miraculously "Twinkled"
by Christ at the Millennium. Too many in our faith, in error, believe this!
-- It just will not happen! -- DC 130 20, 21 is "irrevocable" and DC 89
is also irrevocable. Unearned blessings will not magically be given
out to you at the Millennium -- or any other time. So start right
now to correct any misunderstanding and change your ill made choices and
behaviors and go for our most needed physical blessing now, as well as
the spirit' s eternal "Gold", only given through complete understanding
and complete conformance to the whole of The Word of Wisdom!
Remember that succeeding in our stewardships in this
moment, and developing the joyous utility of our body for our divine spirits
housed within them today, was the very purpose for which we came to Earth!
Nourish, heal and bless your body and those of your
children, today! -- You must not wait another heartbeat, breath or spoonful
-- or you and your children may not survive or be found as candidates for
that Millennium! -- I t will not happen for us if we all do not more completely
comply -- and support and encourage each other in this largest of all principle
Our Prophet and Brethren must, in wise discernment
and careful steps, keep the missionary work expanding to all nations, while
still supplying us the tools of our growth. They labor providing for you
the scriptures, teaching the First Principles, themselves, through the
Priesthood, Relief Society, Primary and Youth Education supports; and constructing
for the Lord more Temples for your covenants of endowment and sealing;
and for your personal "higher education" from the Lord Himself. And they
provide for so many needy. Is that not a great enough burden and worry
for them? Do we want them to hold our hands and command in every choice?
In this principle alone we already have sufficient counsel and enough intelligence
and volumes of information available today for you on your own to make.
Our dearest Prophets have already provided us with
the righteous plan, our Lord's design and given us His perfect tools. We
ought now, in grateful return, provide for them the power of our
willing spirits, healing hearts, healthy hands and Word of Wisdom strengthened