Word of Wisdom


“The Savior taught, ‘If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself’ (John 7:17). Sometimes we try to do it backward. For example, we may take this approach: I will be happy to live the law of tithing, but first I need to know that it’s true. Maybe we even pray to gain a testimony of the law of tithing and hope the Lord will bless us with that testimony before we have ever filled out a tithing slip. It just doesn’t work that way. The Lord expects us to exercise faith. We have to consistently pay a full and honest tithe in order to gain a testimony of tithing. This same pattern applies to all the principles of the gospel, whether it is the law of chastity, the principle of modesty, the Word of Wisdom, or the law of the fast.”

Bonnie L. Oscarson, Young Women General President
Be Ye Converted,” October 2013 General Conference


“The restored gospel teaches that there is an intimate link between body, mind, and spirit. In the Word of Wisdom, for example, the spiritual and physical are intertwined. When we follow the Lord’s law of health for our bodies, we are also promised wisdom to our spirits and knowledge to our minds (see D&C 89:19–21). The spiritual and physical truly are linked.”

Susan W. Tanner, Young Women General President
The Sanctity of the Body,” October 2005 General Conference


“What would happen if we truly treated our bodies as temples? The result would be a dramatic increase in chastity, modesty, observance of the Word of Wisdom, and a similar decrease in the problems of pornography and abuse, for we would regard the body, like the temple, as a sacred sanctuary of the Spirit. Just as no unclean thing may enter the temple, we would be vigilant to keep impurity of any sort from entering the temple of our bodies.”

Susan W. Tanner, Young Women General President
The Sanctity of the Body,” October 2005 General Conference


“Perhaps you have had an experience like the one I had when I was 11 years old. I had a friend whom I admired because she seemed to know so much. One day she offered me a cigarette. She told me she would help me learn to smoke, and she pressured me with words like ‘It won’t hurt—just this once.’ I didn’t want to offend her, but I had decided when I was very young that I would never smoke. This decision made it easier to say no. Show you know by obeying the Word of Wisdom.”

Coleen K. Menlove, Primary General President
Show You Know,” April 2003 General Conference


“In summary, our physical health goals should be—
1.       To obey the Word of Wisdom;
2.       To maintain proper weight and endurance through regular exercise, adequate rest, and a balanced diet;
3.       To improve or maintain personal and home sanitation;
4.       To practice preventative measures to preserve good health;
5.       To learn and practice home health skills.”

Barbara B. Smith, Relief Society General President
Good Health—A Key to Joyous Living,” October 1978 General Conference



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