3. Eat Healthy Foods
The Word of Wisdom is no well-kept secret in the Church. In fact, even those who don't know much about Mormons at all usually have heard that we don't smoke or drink alcohol or coffee. And although there are times when some of us read between the lines and when culture and commandment get confused (think of the age-old controversy of caffeine, as an example), for the most part, we're all pretty familiar with our commitment to D&C 89.
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However, how often do you take the following lines into consideration when ordering your lunch or planning what to cook for dinner?
“And again, verily I say unto you, all wholesome herbs God hath ordained for the constitution, nature, and use of man—
“Every herb in the season thereof, and every fruit in the season thereof; all these things to be used with prudence and thanksgiving.
“Yeah, flesh also of beasts and of the fowls of the air, I the Lord, have ordained for the use of man with thanskgiving; nevertheless, they are to be used sparingly;
“And it is pleasing unto me that they should not be used, only in times of winter, or of cold, or famine.”
Here God is giving us the key to true health, and it shouldn't come as any surprise—eat your fruits and vegetables and eat meat sparingly. Examples of this health code are also found in the Bible, such as when Daniel refuses to eat the meaty dishes the king offers him and is healthier than the other boys (Daniel 1:5-15), and in the Book of Mormon, such as when Amulek sets bread and meat before Alma, and Alma only eats the bread (Alma 8:21-22).
Now don't get me wrong; let's not look beyond the mark and become offended or obsessive over what we eat and what other people choose to eat. Not allowing anxiety to govern our eating habits is part of healthy eating. But God has asked that we follow the health code outlined in D&C 89 and that we eat what we eat "with thanksgiving."
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Eating healthy comes with promised blessings. Not only will we have "health in [the] navel and marrow to [the] bones" and "shall run and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint," but we'll also "find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures" (D&C 89:18-20).