Sunday, February 12, 2017

The Doctrine of the Word of Wisdom

I have found that God is always waiting to bless us as soon as we are humble enough to trust in Him. The Word of Wisdom, or the Lord’s law of health is a perfect illustration.
On February 27th 1833, the prophet Joseph Smith inquired of the Lord about the use of tobacco and received a revelation that outlines the Lord’s views on health. This is recorded in Doctrine & Covenants section 89. The Lord warns against the use of harmful substances including alcohol and tobacco while encouraging the benefits of fruits and vegetables.
The Lord warned us not to use tobacco 130 years before science had proven its harmful effect. This is one of many evidences that the Lord loves us, and wants us to be happy.
Perhaps an even greater lesson is that the Lord wants us to abstain from habit forming substances to teach us how to govern ourselves. Addiction is slavery. Freedom comes from self-mastery.
I am so thankful the Lord cares for us enough to give us guidance. I have always enjoyed good health, and would be ungrateful not to acknowledge that Lord has been happy to bless me as I have shown a willingness to obey His law of heath. It saddens me to see friends and co-workers deal with the consequences that come when the Lord’s law is violated.
 Luckily, He continues to cheer us on and always extends the blessings if we are willing to live by His law.
From section 89 He promises:
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 not faint.
 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.

God loves us and wants us to be happy. I know this because I have put this law to the test and can testify of its truth. What a blessing that everyone willing can also enjoy these blessings.

Posted by Nathan McConkie- Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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