Word of Wisdom

November 04, 2020 09:59 PM MST
In a recent podcast interview on The Erik Anders Lang Show, professional golfer Tony Finau shared how he lives his faith as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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October 26, 2020 11:30 AM MDT
The test came back positive. My 8-year-old had COVID-19, and our family was stuck in quarantine anxiously wondering if we’d get sick, too. Although her case was mild, long days not knowing what would unfold brought me to my knees in prayer. I pleaded that my family would be able to bear the physical, emotional, and spiritual strain this pandemic put on us. Surprisingly, I found myself drawn to studying the Word of Wisdom. Honestly, when I’m looking for smart, thoughtful ideas for developing resiliency, the Word of Wisdom isn’t usually the first thing that comes to mind. But as I dug into this inspired revelation, I discovered it to be so much more than a list of restrictions or dietary advice. Instead, I uncovered “great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures” (D&C 89:19).
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December 18, 2019 10:00 PM MST
This story originally ran on LDS Living in August 2014.
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By  LDS Living
July 16, 2019 02:18 PM MDT
The Word of Wisdom is more than a health code; it is a guide that helps members live happy, healthy lives and plays an important role in qualifying Latter-day Saints for temple worship. But how did it come about?
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June 26, 2019 06:44 PM MDT
Many years ago, as a brand new manager, I traveled to South America to attend an important work seminar held by high-ranking officials of the government agency I worked for.
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March 26, 2019 05:51 PM MDT
It was Aug. 31, 2009, and then 32-year-old Rob Eastman had a gun in his mouth, ready to pull the trigger and end his life. It was at that moment when a vision of his mom and infant daughter popped into his head.
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December 14, 2018 01:01 PM MST
The Word of Wisdom is one of the first things you learn about in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, whether you’re a sunbeam or an investigator. It is a key part of our religion, and it brings incredible blessings and promises when taken seriously and practiced correctly.
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October 27, 2018 12:00 PM MDT
People who aren’t members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints often associate our religion with a long list of rules we follow. While the Church has many guidelines in place for our protection and overall happiness, it’s important to understand what is and isn’t actual doctrine.
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October 19, 2018 03:20 PM MDT
When I was a kid, I always wanted red hair.
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September 03, 2018 09:00 AM MDT
I was fresh out of U.S. Air Force pilot training, struggling to find my place as the new guy in my first fighter squadron. All the other squadron members seemed so sure of themselves, full of energy and confidence. I wanted to fit in. I wanted to be part of the gang, a member of the club. I wanted my career to flourish. The last thing I wanted to do was make waves or highlight myself as a troublemaker. But it seemed that I couldn't escape it if I wanted to live my beliefs.
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March 13, 2018 12:18 PM MDT
It was 1980 and a coup d’état had just occurred in South Korea. An official from Washington was sent out to meet with General Chun Doo-Hwan, who now ran the country and would be president for seven years. Chun asked me to facilitate communication at the meeting.
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Fun
November 18, 2017 02:33 PM MST
I’ll admit it: I grew up thinking that Coke and other caffeinated drinks were frowned upon by the Church. I knew it wasn’t explicitly against the Word of Wisdom, so when asked why I wouldn’t drink anything caffeinated, I would say I didn’t enjoy the taste. But the reality is that I was mostly avoiding the caffeine. I thought drinking it was wrong.
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August 31, 2017 02:15 PM MDT
“I don't think that cop will ever know what he did for me,” Whitney says. “He saved my life that night.”
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August 25, 2017 09:14 AM MDT
Editor's note: This article is part of a series on what the Church has actually taught about various topics. To read more about the Church’s teachings on cremation, garments, beards, and more, click here.
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August 11, 2017 02:25 PM MDT
Last year, Subway held a fundraiserfor an LDS teen wrongfully accused of drugging a police officer to help him raise money for his mission, which was delayed as a result of the charges. "It was somewhat depressing to be really close. I was like 15 days away at that point," Tanis Ukena said. "I was all packed and stuff. I was all ready to go." While Tanis Ukena is back on track to enter the MTC, he recently received a settlement one year after he was wrongfully accused of drugging a police officer's lemonade.
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July 17, 2017 01:11 PM MDT
Last year, the World Health Organization reviewed nearly 1,000 studies and determined that "hot drinks" do, in fact, come with their own health risks. The WHO found that those who drink "extremely hot tea or coffee" have higher rates of esophageal cancer. But this study dealt more with the temperature of the drinks than the impact of the substances within them.
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July 06, 2017 09:00 AM MDT
The Word of Wisdom can be a tricky topic of conversation, partly because it encompasses so much while still remaining incredibly vague. While prophets have helped clarify certain common questions about the Word of Wisdom among Mormons—such as the fact that "hot drinks" refers to tea and coffee—much is left up to personal interpretation. And as a result, that leaves plenty of room for disagreements or differences between Mormons.
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By  LDS Living
June 30, 2017 10:00 PM MDT
Mocktails—non-alcoholic versions of fancy drinks—are a huge hit at parties or fun for when you're craving a refreshing summer drink. Here are seven of our favorite, easy-to-make recipes. They're guaranteed to impress your guests at your next summer gathering!
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Whether you’re a history buff or simply curious, you have probably collected a decent store of knowledge about important events in Church history. But no matter how much you thought you knew, there are a surprising number of fascinating facts that you might have overlooked. Here is an interesting story about the Word of Wisdom and its effects on the early saints of the Church.
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February 01, 2017 09:45 PM MST
Among other things, the Word of Wisdom is evidence that the relationship between our bodies and our spirits is both intimate and significant. The repeated scriptural counsel about caring for and protecting our bodies—counsel given from Old Testament times to the dispensation of the fulness of times—must in part tell us that damaging our bodies will also damage or spirits.
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December 01, 2016 04:24 PM MST
On Thanksgiving day, Kayden Carlos stepped off a plane in Salt Lake City after completing a two-year assignment for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Maryland Baltimore Mission.
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Fun
By  LDS Living
November 18, 2016 04:45 PM MST
When the Sherwood siblings competed on the TV show Family Feud, they had no idea that their religious beliefs would play a part in their loss.
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October 14, 2016 11:56 AM MDT
The First Presidency sent letters to Church members in four states on Wednesday, asking Saints to oppose physician-assisted suicide and recreational marijuana.
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August 23, 2016 01:18 PM MDT
What an incredible story of how the scriptures transformed one woman's life and helped her obtain a healthier, fuller life.
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June 15, 2016 06:53 PM MDT
Recently, the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which includes 23 scientists from 10 countries, reviewed nearly 1,000 studies dealing with high-temperature drinks. Based on the evidence from these studies, the WHO has concluded that drinking hot beverages (anything about 149°F) is linked to a higher risk for esophagus cancer.
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May 19, 2016 03:00 PM MDT
Red wine's touted benefits have been debunked, according to a report by England's Chief Medical Officer, Dame Sally Davies, released earlier this year.
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April 28, 2016 03:30 PM MDT
If it were up to voters, medical marijuana would be a thing in Utah, at least according to the latest poll.
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February 08, 2016 01:37 PM MST
Though they have expressed concern about Senate Bill 73, the Church has not raised objections to another proposed bill regarding medical marijuana in Utah.
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By  LDS Living
January 06, 2016 03:00 PM MST
A few days ago, an interesting snippet aired on NPR. It addressed something said by a recent NPR interviewee who said that Mormons don't drink Coke, coffee, or booze, but pay tithing and have sacred undergarments.
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November 24, 2015 08:15 PM MST
MR says: Sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie, turkey, gravy--Thanksgiving is a delicious time of year. But how does this holiday entirely centered around food fit in with the Word of Wisdom? The answer may surprise you!
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July 23, 2015 02:27 PM MDT
Thanlia Mallqui, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was awarded a silver medal for wrestling at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto.
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July 23, 2015 01:52 PM MDT
Eric Davis landed on his feet when he first arrived in Ireland. The software company where he works organised a penthouse apartment in central Dublin for him, and within a couple of hours of stepping on to Irish soil he had already made friends.
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November 05, 2012 01:57 AM MST
Should Mitt Romney win the presidency next Tuesday, it will mark an historic first: a Mormon couple moving into the White House. What would this mean and look like?
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August 31, 2012 03:50 PM MDT
Did the Church just make an (un)official announcement saying it's okay to drink caffeine?
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June 30, 2011 04:00 AM MDT
Manual 3; Supplement from "Preparation Brings Blessings" by Thomas S. Monson
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January 07, 2011 03:09 PM MST
If losing weight is one of your New Year’s resolutions, why not look to religion as a guide?
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