Eat Meat Sparingly

The Word of Wisdom: God’s Law of Health:

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-To summarize, this document is about how we eat too much meat. I think meat is okay to eat, and ordained of God that we do, to an extent. D&C section 49 summary tells us “the eating of meat is approved”. This document is to emphasize that we should however eat meat “sparingly” (D&C 89), such as in times of NEED. Need! Ie to save your life. For example the D&C suggests that we eat meat in time of winter to get nutrients that aren’t available from plants which are out of season. I understand how many people don’t want to eat any meat these days, there are so many loaded hormones and perservatives and GMO’s and other wretched things that you don’t know what you’re getting. Though I don’t agree with everything they say, I’ve found much supportive materials on the subject from LDSveg.org, much of which I have shared here. Truly, as taught by prophets, we won’t eat any meat in the Millennium. There will be no death, nor violence.

-Why did Brigham Young encourage people to eat very little meat, and not at all in some circumstances? Perhaps it was to establish a cultural thing as well as health. Israel used to not eat shrimp, a thing that would set them apart as a community. This could be the same type of thing which Brigham was trying to establish- a culture of the community of the Saints that helped them stand out.

-Brigham Young said he doesn’t need a law to tell him that eating pork isn’t good for you.

This could cause people to say, perhaps, “ah, these people don’t drink coffee. That’s odd. I wonder what else they don’t do and why…” which leads them to investigate the glorious truths of the gospel.

-B.Y. said he enjoys good wholesome cheese

-use meat “for to save your lives.” the scripture says

-“For the Lord worketh not in secret combinations, neither doth he will that man should shed blood, but in all things hath forbidden it, from the beginning of man.” (Ether 9:8)

-“And wo be unto man that sheddeth blood or that wasteth flesh and hath no need.” (D&C 49:21)

-much of the meat today: viruses, bacteria, parasites, prions, hormones, fats, genetic adultery, antigenic, autoimmune disease producing proteins, fats, and second-hand adulterating chemistry

DISCOURSES OF BRIGHAM YOUNG.

Excerpts

 Pages 115-116

The Millennium – The Millennium consists in this – every heart in the Church and Kingdom of God being united in one; the Kingdom increasing to the overcoming of everything opposed to the economy of heaven, and Satan being bound, and having a seal set upon him. All things else will be as they are now, we shall eat, drink, and wear clothing. 1:203.

    When all nations are so subdued to Jesus that every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess, there will still be millions on the earth who will not believe in him; but they will be obliged to acknowledge his kingly government. 7:142.

    Let the people be holy, and the earth under their feet will be holy. Let the people be holy, and filled with the Spirit of God, and every animal and creeping thing will be filled with peace; the soil of the earth will bring forth in its strength, and the fruits thereof will be meat for man. The more purity that exists, the less is the strife;the more kind we are to our animals, the more will peace increase, and the savage nature of the brute creation vanish away. If the people will not serve the Devil another moment whilst they live, if this congregation is possessed of that spirit and resolution, here in this house is the Millennium. Let the inhabitants of this city be possessed of that spirit, let the people of the territory be possessed of that spirit, and here is the Millennium. Let the whole people of the United States be possessed of that spirit and here is the Millennium, and so will it spread over all the world. 1:203.

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     The Word Of Wisdom – If you observe faithfully the Word of Wisdom, you will have your dollar, your five dollars, your hundred dollars, yea, you will have your hundreds of dollars to spend for that which will be useful and profitable to you. Why should we continue to practice in our lives those pernicious habits that have already sapped the foundation of the human constitution, and shortened the life of man to that degree that a generation passes away in the brief period of from twenty-seven to twenty-nine years? The strength, power, beauty and glory that once adorned that form and constitution of man have vanished away before the blighting influences of inordinate appetite and love of this world. The health and power and beauty that once adorned the noble form of man must again be restored to our race; and God designs that we shall engage in this great work of restoration. Then let us not trifle with our mission, by indulging in the use of injurious substances. These lay the foundation of disease and death in the systems of men, and the same are committed to their children, and another generation of feeble human beings is introduced into the world. Such children have insufficient bone, sinew, muscle, and constitution, and are of little use to themselves, or to their fellow creatures; they are not prepared for life. 12:118.

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The fathers and mothers have laid the foundation for many of these diseases, from generation to generation, until the people are reduced to their present condition. True, some live to from fifty to ninety years of age, but it is an unusual circumstance to see a man an hundred years old, or a woman ninety. The people have laid the foundation of short life through their diet, their rest, their labor, and their doing this, that, and the other in a wrong manner, with improper motives, and at improper times. 2:269.

    You, mothers and daughters in Israel, who are taking this course, how do you expect to live to accomplish the work the Lord has assigned you? You get up in the morning and have your cup of tea, your fried ham, your cold beef and mince pies, and everything you can possibly cram into the stomach, until you surfeit the system and lay the foundation for disease and earthly death. Says the mother – “Do eat, my little daughter, you are sick; take a piece of pie, toast, or meat, or drink a little tea or coffee; you must take something or other.” Mothers in Israel, such a course engenders disease, and you are laying a foundation that will cut off one-half or two-thirds of the lives of your children. 12:37.

    Eating for Health – Instead of doing two days’ work in one day, wisdom would dictate to our sisters, and to every other person, that if they desire long life and good health, they must, after sufficient exertion, allow the body to rest before it is entirely exhausted. When exhausted, some argue that they need stimulants in the shape of tea, coffee, spirituous liquors, tobacco, or some of those narcotic substances which are often taken to goad on the lagging powers to greater exertions. But instead of these kind of stimulants they should recruit by rest. Work less, wear less, eat less, and we shall be a great deal wiser, healthier, and wealthier people than by taking the course we now do. It is difficult to find anything more healthy to drink than good cold water, such as flows down to us from springs and snows of our mountains. This is the beverage we should drink. It should be our drink at all times. If we constantly drink even malt liquor made from our barley and wheat, our health would be injured more or less thereby. It may be remarked that some men who use spirituous liquors and tobacco are healthy, but I argue that they would be much more healthy if they did not use it, and then they are entitled to the blessings promised to those who observe the advice given in the “Word of Wisdom.” Some few persons who have been addicted to the use of hot drinks, etc., have reached the age of eighty, eighty-three, and eighty-four years, but h they not been addicted to such habits of living they might have reached the age of an hundred or an hundred and five years. 12:122.

    I do not mean to go without food and go to fasting. This is the other extreme. A sufficient amount of food that will agree with the stomach is healthy, and should be partaken of. Aged or middle aged, youth or children, never should go without food until their stomachs are faint, demanding something to sustain their systems, and continue to undergo this; for this lays the foundation of weakness, and this weakness will tempt disease. But keep the stomach in a perfectly healthy condition. Now I do not mean fasting, but eating moderately; and if my sisters will go home and commence to adopt this rule, you will find that you begin to get better, your children and neighbors will get better. We do not expect all to be free from sickness. I have had a great deal of sickness in my life. I do not expect to be free from ills, the weakness, debility and disease that prey upon the human family, but we can amend our ways, and amend our life by being prudent; and I wish the sisters to understand this, and to adopt these instructions. 19:68.

    The citizens of this city are tolerably comfortable; a great many of them have an abundance of fruit, and they enjoy it. It is very healthy for them and their children to eat in the season thereof. 11:141.

    As we got richer and built warm houses, and have lived more richly, indulging in sweet cake, plum pudding, roast beef and so on, we have had more or less disease among us. 13:142.

    Go into their houses and you will find beef, pork, apple pie, custard pie, pumpkin pie, mince pie, and every luxury, and they live so as to shorten their days and the days of their children. You may think that these things are not of much importance; no more they are, unless they are observed, but let the people observe them and they lay the foundation for longevity, and they will begin to live out their days, not only a hundred years, but, by and by, hundreds of years on the earth. Do you think they will stuff themselves then with tea and coffee, and perhaps with a little brandy sling before breakfast and a little before going to bed, and then beef, pork, mutton, sweet meats, and pastry, morning, noon and night? No; you will find they will live as our first parents did, on fruits and on a little simple food, and they will never overload the stomach. 12:37.

    Suppose I happen to say, “Come, wife, let us have a good dinner today;” what does she get? Pork and beef boiled, stewed, roasted, and fried potatoes, onions, cabbage and turnips, custard, eggs, pies of all kinds, cheese and sweet meats. 2:269  .

    A thorough reformation is needed in regard to our eating and drinking, and on this point I will freely express myself, and shall be glad if the people will hear, believe and obey. If the people were willing to receive the true knowledge from heaven in regard to their diet they would cease eating swine’s flesh. I know this as well as Moses knew it, and without putting it in a code of commandments …(*1)… Who hinders you from cultivating fruit of every variety that will flourish in the different parts of this Territory? There has not been a day through the whole winter that I have not had fresh peaches, and plenty of apples and strawberries. Who hinders any person in this community from having these different kinds of food in their families? ..(*2)…if we except vegetables and fruit, and with them will become a very wholesome diet. 12:192.

    When we go on a trip to the settlements and stop at the brethren’s houses, it is, “Brother Brigham, let us manifest our feelings towards you and your company.” I tell them to do so, but give me a piece of Johnny-cake; I would rather have it than their pies and tarts and sweet meats. Let me have something that will sustain nature and leave my stomach and whole system clear to receive the Spirit of the Lord and be free from headache and pains of every kind.

     The Americans, as a nation, are killing themselves with their vices and high living. As much as a man ought to eat in half an hour they swallow in three minutes, gulping down their food like the canine quadruped under the table, which, when a chunk of meat is thrown down to it, swallows it before you can say “twice.” If you want a reform, carry out the advice I have just given you. Dispense with your multitudinous dishes, and, depend upon it, you will do much towards preserving your families from sickness, disease and death.
If this method were adopted in this community, I will venture to say that it would add ten years to the lives of our children. That is worth a great deal. 13:153-154.

     If the days of man are to begin to return, we must cease all extravagant living. When men live to the age of a tree, their food will be fruit. Mothers, to produce offspring full of life and days, must cease drinking liquor, tea, and coffee, that their systems may be free from bad effects. If every woman in this Church will now cease drinking tea, coffee, liquor, and all other powerful stimulants, and live upon vegetables, etc., not many generations will pass away before the days of man will again return. But it will take generations to eradicate entirely the influences of deleterious substances. 8:63.

     Living Out-of-Doors – People need not be afraid of living out-of-doors, nor sleeping out-of-doors. This country is much healthier than the lowlands in the States, or than many places in the Old World. 4:92.

     Good pure air is the greatest sustainer of animal life. Other elements of life we can dispense with for a time, but this seems to be essential every moment; hence the necessity of well ventilated dwelling-houses, especially the rooms occupied for sleeping. You can live without water and food longer than you can without air, and water is of more importance than meat and bread. 8:168.

     The out-door air is what the people need for health, it is good for them to camp out. Close houses are injurious to the health; if our houses were every one of them leveled to the ground, and we were obliged to live in our wagons and tents, the people would be healthier, from year to year, than they are now. Good houses are comfortable and very convenient, and please our feelings, and are tolerably healthful when properly ventilated. 2:284.

     What gives the people colds and makes them sick? You hear many say, “I had not had a cold this fall until I came into our new house.” Brethren and sisters that have come into the city from living in the canyons, and those who have arrived from the States this season, have not been troubled with colds until they came into warm houses; that gives them colds, by depriving their lungs of the benefit they are organized to receive from the atmosphere. 4:91.

     We should have plenty of pure, fresh air. If children are kept in close bedrooms, they become puny and weakly. Let them sleep where they can have abundance of pure air, in well-ventilated rooms, or out-of-doors, in the summer time, in a safe place; it will be most beneficial for their health. 12:218.

     Exercise and Mental Vigor – Do you know that it is your privilege so to live that your minds may all the time be perfectly within your control? Study to preserve your bodies in life and health, and you will be able to control your minds. 8:135.

     My mind becomes tired, and perhaps some of yours do. If so, go and exercise your bodies. 6:148.

 In the eastern country there was a man who used to go crazy, at times, and then come to his senses again. One of his neighbors asked him what made him go crazy; he replied, “I get to thinking, and thinking, until finally I think so far that I am not always able to think back again.” Can you think too much for the spirit which is put in the tabernacle? You can, and this is a subject which I wish the brethren instructed upon, and the people to understand. The spirit is the intelligent part of man, and is intimately connected with the tabernacle. Let this intelligent part labor to excess, and it will eventually overcome the tabernacle, the equilibrium will be destroyed, and the whole organization deranged. Many people have deranged themselves by thinking too much.

     The thinking part is the immortal or invisible portion, and it is that which performs the mental labor; then the tabernacle, which is formed and organized for that express purpose, brings about or effects the result of that mental labor. Let the body work with the mind, and let them both labor fairly together, and, with but few exceptions, you will have a strong-minded, athletic individual, powerful both physically and mentally.

     When you find the thinking faculty perfectly active, in a healthy person, it should put the physical organization into active operation, and the result of the reflection is carried out, and the object is accomplished. In such a person you will see mental and physical health and strength combined, in their perfection. 3:247.

     As for health, it is far healthier to walk than to ride, and better every way for the people. 4:103.

     Many persons are so constituted, that if you put them in a parlor, keep a good fire for them, furnish them tea, cake, sweet meats, etc., and nurse them tenderly, soaking their feet, and putting them to bed, they will die in a short time; but throw them into snow banks, and they will live a great many years. Brother Heywood would have been in his grave long ago, if he had not led an out-door life, and such is the case with others; but he is again here, and we have the privilege of seeing him. 4:295.

     Physiological Differences – The study and practice of anatomy and surgery are very good; they are mechanical, and are frequently needed. Do you not think it is necessary to give medicine sometimes? Yes, I can see the faces of this congregation, but I do not see two alike; and if I could look into your nervous systems and behold the operations of disease, from the crowns of your heads to the soles of your feet, I should behold the same difference that I see in your physiognomy – there would be no two precisely alike. Doctors make experiments, and if they find a medicine that will have the desired effect on one person, they set it down that it is good for everybody, but it is not so, for upon the second person that medicine is administered to, seemingly with the same disease, it might produce death. If you do not know this, you have not had the experience that I have. I say that unless a man or woman who administers medicine to assist the human system to overcome disease, understands, and has that intuitive knowledge, by the Spirit, that such an article is good for that individual at that very time, they had better let him alone. Let the sick do without eating, take a little of something to cleanse the stomach, bowels and blood, and wait patiently, and let nature have time to gain the advantage over the disease. 15:225.

     Feeding Children – Now, mothers, if you want to do good, do not let your sons and daughters drink either tea or coffee, while under your protection. 11:352.
Some mothers, when bearing children, long for tea and coffee, or for brandy and other strong drinks, and if they give way to that influence the next time they will want more, and the next still more, and thus lay the foundation for drunkenness in their offspring. An appetite is engendered, bred, and born in the child, and it is a miracle if it does not grow up a confirmed drunkard. 2:270.
Infants, children, youth, young men, and young women, thousands and tens of thousands of them, go to an untimely grave through the diseases engendered in their systems by their progenitors. 13:276.

     Sisters, will you take notice, and instruct those who are not here today, to adopt this rule – stop your children from eating meat, and especially fat meat; let them have composition  to drink, instead of unhealthy water; let them eat a little more porridge; let them eat sparingly and not oppress the stomach so as to create a fever. No matter whether it is a child or a middle-aged person, whenever the stomach is over-loaded and charged with more than is required it creates a fever; this fever creates sickness, until death relieves the sufferer. 19:68.
Many husbands are made sick and many children are sent to an untimely grave through eating badly prepared food, the result of ignorance or carelessness. 10:28.

    Mothers, keep the children from eating meat; and let them eat vegetables that are fully matured, not unripe, and bread that is well-baked, not soft. Do not put your loaf into the oven with a fire hot enough to burn it before it is baked through, but with a slow heat, and let it remain until it is perfectly baked; and I would prefer, for my own eating, each and every loaf to be not thicker than my two hands – you tell how thick they are – and I would want the crust as thick as my hand. 19:67.
Be careful of your bodies; be prudent in laying out your energies, for when you are old you will need the strength and power you are now wasting. Preserve your lives. Until you know and practice this, you are not thoroughly good soldiers nor wise stewards. 8:136-137.

Page 155 – Unsual or Difficult Situations – “meat to save your lives”(see footnote DC:49:21a JST Gen 9:11)
When a person is placed in circumstances that he cannot possibly obtain one particle of anything to sustain life, it would then be his privilege to exercise faith in God to feed him, who might cause a raven to pick up a piece of dried meat from some quarter where there was plenty, and drop it over the famishing man. When I cannot feed myself through the means God has placed in my power, it is then time enough for him to exercise his providence in an unusual manner to administer to my wants. But while we can help ourselves, it is our duty to do so. If a Saint of God be locked up in prison, by his enemies, to starve to death, it is then time enough for God to interpose, and feed him. 1:108.)

Notes *1 and *2
As you will notice, in the full text printing (shown below), permission for some meat and dairy use was tolerated by Brigham in his struggled need to hold the delicate church and it’s fragile membership together. They where not always able to have the bounty or grand garden choices that we now have, and were also limited by their own stubbornness and traditions; and were without the science to prove the truth of those inspired nurturing changes that Prophet Joseph Smith and Brigham Young wanted desperately and wished to affect in them.
Forced to deal with the level of knowledge and resistance by the members, Brigham did, when he could not teach the highest law, in the press, give at least the slightly better option of family raised free range beef ,  home produced milk, naturally raised poultry or mountain fish, over the then growing slaughter-house production meats (already the wealth backbone industry of Missouri) – especially since he could not convince the saints to live in the fuller compliance or the “harder” parts of the word of wisdom which is “pleasing” unto the Lord and may have permitted the opening of the Millennium for those saints then, as Brigham desired! (see Millennium statement above) But, as usual, the saints exaggerate, bend, violate, even further compromising the Prophet’s most reasonable latitudes on the law.
Compromise has been the unfortunate and awful burden of every Prophet! Check how often in the scriptures their hands of pure truth have been tied and forced to constraint and hedging because of us, as they must, in painful patience, carefully lead spiritually new converts, along with old hard learning established members, in a line upon line, precept upon precept growth in the gospel in our arduously slow, bull-headed and resistant progress!. But in this critical day, we need to accelerate(*3) that process! – We are living in the most toxic, most animal diseased, most infectious, time of biological collapse – en mass – the world has ever experienced!
We need now to move forward briskly without having to be coaxed, begged, or dragged forward, by our Prophets, righteous teachers andhonorable scientists! We need make their callings easier while preserve our own lives, by learning, changing, repenting, and progressing without having to be told, begged or commanded in every obvious and trivial detail!   tlr

Note *3 “accelerate”
Rapid Movements in the Last Days – Do you understand that what the Lord will perform in the latter days will be done quicker than in the former days? He suffered Noah to occupy one hundred and twenty years in building the ark. Were he to command us to build an ark, he would not allow so long a time for completing it. 8:134.

So lets get busy healing – and helping others to heal, as well!   tlr

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Full Text pages 182-193
CHAPTER XVI
DISCOURSES OF BRIGHAM YOUNG,
THE WORD OF WISDOM
Moderation – By temperance and moderation lay the foundation for the development of the mind. 19:68.
Indulgence of appetite is not worthy the notice of men and women, though the body must be sustained, for that is a duty God has placed upon us. 8:141.
Satisfying the appetite brings to an end the pleasure of eating; and where food is partaken of chiefly to gratify the pleasurable sensation derived from eating, disease is engendered, and true misery springs out of this unwise gratification. Some healthy, strong-constitutioned persons can eat large quantities of food with apparent impunity; but, in so doing, the tax they place upon their systems will ultimately bring disease and death. 8:139.
As I said to the brethren the other day in the Thirteenth Ward schoolhouse, with regard to worldly pleasure, comfort, and enjoyment: you may take as much as you please of the Spirit of the Lord, and it will not make your stomach or head ache. You may drink nine cups of strong spiritual drink, and it will not hurt you; but if you drink nine cups of strong tea, see what it will do for you. Let a person that is very thirsty and warm satiate his appetite with cold water, and when he gets through he will perhaps have laid the foundation for death, and may go to an untimely grave, which is frequently done. Excessive eating, drinking, or exercise all tend to the grave. 11:329.
The blessings of food, sleep, and social enjoyment are ordained of God for his glory and our benefit, and it is for us to learn to use them and not abuse them, that his Kingdom may advance on the earth, and we advance in it. 6:149.
The Word of Wisdom – This Word of Wisdom prohibits the use of hot drinks and tobacco. I have heard it argued that tea and coffee are not mentioned therein; that is very true; but what were the people in the habit of taking as hot drinks when that revelation was given? Tea and coffee. We were not in the habit of drinking water very hot, but tea and coffee – the beverages in common use. And the Lord said hot drinks are not good for the body nor the belly, liquor is not good for the body nor the belly, but for the washing of the body, etc. Tobacco is not good, save for sick cattle, and for bruises and sores, its cleansing properties being then very useful. 13:277.
I know that some say the revelations upon these points are not given by way of commandment. Very well, but we are commanded to observe every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. 13:3.
Now I want you should recollect – Bishops, Elders of Israel, High Priests, Seventies, the Twelve Apostles, the First Presidency, and all the House of Israel, hearken ye, O my people! keep the word of the Lord, observe the Word of Wisdom, sustain one another, sustain the household of faith, and let our enemies alone. 12:29.
Now, Elders of Israel, if you have a right to chew tobacco, you have a privilege I have not; if you have a right to drink whiskey, you have a right that I have not; if you have a right to transgress the Word of Wisdom, you have a right that I have not. 12:30.
I said to the Saints at our last annual Conference, the Spirit whispers to me to call upon the Latter-day Saints to observe the Word of Wisdom, to let tea, coffee, and tobacco alone, and to abstain from drinking spirituous drinks. This is what the Spirit signifies through me. If the Spirit of God whispers this to his people through their leader, and they will not listen nor obey, what will be the consequences of their disobedience? Darkness and blindness of mind with regard to the things of God will be their lot; they will cease to have the spirit of prayer, and the spirit of the world will increase in them in proportion to their disobedience until they apostatize entirely from God and his ways. 12:118.
In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I command the Elders of Israel – those who have been in the habit of getting drunk – to cease drinking strong drink from this time henceforth. But some may think they need it as soon as they go out of this house. Let me be your physician in this matter. So long as you are able to walk and attend to your business, it is folly to say that you need ardent spirits to keep you alive. The constitution that a person has should be nourished and cherished; and whenever we take anything into the system to force and stimulate it beyond its natural capacity, it shortens life. I am physician enough to know that. When you are tired and think you need a little spirituous liquor, take some bread and butter or bread and milk, and lie down and rest. Do not labor so hard as to deem it requisite to get half drunk in order to keep up your spirits. If you will follow this counsel, you will be full of life and health, and you will increase your intelligence, your joy, and comfort. 7:337.
I now again request the authorities of this Church in their various localities to sever from this society those who will not cease getting drunk. 7:338.
It is my positive counsel and command that drinking liquor be stopped. If I had the influence the world gives me credit for, I would not have a single drunkard, thief, or liar in this society. I do not profess to have that influence, but I can raise my voice against those evils. 1:337.
This Word of Wisdom which has been supposed to have become stale, and not in force, is like all the counsels of God, in force as much today as it ever was. There is life, everlasting life in it – the life which now is and the life which is to come. 12:209.
It is a piece of good counsel which the Lord desires his people to observe, that they may live on the earth until the measure of their creation is full. This is the object the Lord had in view in giving that Word of Wisdom. To those who observe it he will give great wisdom and understanding, increasing their health, giving strength and endurance to the faculties of their bodies and minds until they shall be full of years upon the earth. This will be their blessing if they will observe his word with a good and willing heart and in faithfulness before the Lord. 12:156.
Mankind would not become attached to these unnecessary articles were it not for the poison they contain. The poisonous or narcotic properties in spirits, tobacco and tea are the cause of their being so much liked by those who use them. 13:276.
I say to all the Elders of Israel, if it makes you sick and so sleepy that you cannot keep out of bed unless you have tobacco, go to bed and there lie. How long? Until you can get up and go to your business like rational men, like men who have heads on their shoulders and who are not controlled by their foolish appetites. I have said to my family, and I now say to all the sisters in the Church, if you cannot get up and do your washing without a cup of tea in the morning, go to bed, and there lie. How long? Until the influence of tea is out of the system. Will it take a month? No matter if it does; if it takes three months, six months, or a year, it is better to lie there in bed until the influence of tea, coffee and liquor is out of the system, so that you may go about your business like rational persons, than to give way to these foolish habits. They are destructive to the human system; they filch money from our pockets, and they deprive the poor of the necessaries of life. 13:278.
The sisters may inquire, “What can we do?” Rule your own passions, and exercise faith until you can govern and control your appetites, instead of drinking tea, coffee, and hot drinks. That is one of the smallest duties I can think of. Permit your bodies to have natural forms; also take pains to have the bodies of your daughters grow naturally, and teach them what they are made for, and that they, through faith, must overcome every besetting sin and every unholy passion and appetite. 8:283.
And now that we have commenced to observe the Word of Wisdom, never treat resolution with a cup of tea or coffee, for as sure as you treat resolution once, it will plead hard for a treat again. Keep the Word of Wisdom – help the poor, feed the hungry, and clothe the naked. Never let it be said of the Territory of Utah that a poor person had to go to the second house for a morsel to eat. 12:54-55.
Many of our sisters think they cannot live without tea: I will tell you what we can do – I have frequently said it to my brethren and sisters – if they cannot live without tea, coffee, brandy, whisky, wine, beer, tobacco, etc., they can die without them. This is beyond controversy. If we had the determination that we should have, we would live without them or die without them. Let the mother impregnate her system with these narcotic influences when she is bringing forth a family on the earth, and what does she do? She lays the foundation of weakness, palpitation of the heart, nervous affections, and many other ills and diseases in the system of her offspring that will afflict them from the cradle to the grave. Is this righteous or unrighteous, good or evil? Let my sisters ask and answer the question for themselves, and the conclusion which each and every one of them may come to is this, “If I do an injury to my child, I sin.” 13:276.
Last week I received a note in which was enclosed three dollars from a sister; I cannot tell her name, for she did not give it. She said she had not drunk any tea since Conference, and she had saved about three dollars, which she enclosed for me to do good with. I felt “God bless her,” and she will be blessed as sure as she lives. 12:52.
If you observe faithfully the Word of Wisdom, you will have your dollar, your five dollars, your hundred dollars, yea, you will have your hundreds of dollars to spend for that which will be useful and profitable to you. Why should we continue to practice in our lives those pernicious habits that have already sapped the foundation of the human constitution, and shortened the life of man to that degree that a generation passes away in the brief period of from twenty-seven to twenty-nine years? The strength, power, beauty and glory that once adorned that form and constitution of man have vanished away before the blighting influences of inordinate appetite and love of this world. The health and power and beauty that once adorned the noble form of man must again be restored to our race; and God designs that we shall engage in this great work of restoration. Then let us not trifle with our mission, by indulging in the use of injurious substances. These lay the foundation of disease and death in the systems of men, and the same are committed to their children, and another generation of feeble human beings is introduced into the world. Such children have insufficient bone, sinew, muscle, and constitution, and are of little use to themselves, or to their fellow creatures; they are not prepared for life. 12:118.
A man who indulges in any habit that is pernicious to the general good in its example and influence, is not only an enemy to himself but to the community so far as the influence of that habit goes. A man who would not sacrifice a pernicious habit for the good it would do the community is, to say the least of it, lukewarm in his desires and wishes for public and general improvement.
So we see that almost the very first teachings the first Elders of this Church received were as to what to eat, what to drink, and how to order their natural lives that they might be united temporally as well as spiritually. This is the great purpose which God has in view in sending to the world, by his servants, the Gospel of life and salvation. 12:158.
There is more strength and nutriment in a bowl of water gruel than there is in tea; and there is no unhealthy influence in the water gruel, but there is in tea and coffee. 11:350.
Live Long – Take care of yourselves, and live as long as you can, and do all the good you can. 4:302.
The first principle that pertains to the intelligence God has bestowed upon us is to know how to preserve the present organization with which we are endowed. It is man’s first duty to his existence, a knowledge of which would cause him to use all prudent efforts for the preservation of his life on the earth until his work here is completed. 8:281.
Prepare to die, is not the exhortation in this Church and Kingdom; but prepare to live is the word with us, and improve we can in the life hereafter, wherein we may enjoy a more exalted condition of intelligence, wisdom, light, knowledge, power, glory, and exaltation. Then let us seek to extend the present life to the uttermost, by observing every law of health, and by properly balancing labor, study, rest, and recreation, and thus prepare for a better life. Let us teach these principles to our children, that, in the morning of their days, they may be taught to lay the foundation of health and strength and constitution and power of life in their bodies. 11:132.
This is the duty of the human family, instead of wasting their lives and the lives of their fellow-beings, and the precious time God has given us to improve our minds and bodies by observing the laws of life, so that the longevity of the human family may begin to return. By and by, according to the Scriptures, the days of a man shall be like the days of a tree. But in those days people will not eat and drink as they do now; if they do their days will not be like a tree, unless it be a very short-lived tree. This is our business. 14:89.
We are trying to become natural in our habits, and are striving to fulfil the end and design of our creation. 13:233.
The fathers and mothers have laid the foundation for many of these diseases, from generation to generation, until the people are reduced to their present condition. True, some live to from fifty to ninety years of age, but it is an unusual circumstance to see a man an hundred years old, or a woman ninety. The people have laid the foundation of short life through their diet, their rest, their labor, and their doing this, that, and the other in a wrong manner, with improper motives, and at improper times. 2:269.
You, mothers and daughters in Israel, who are taking this course, how do you expect to live to accomplish the work the Lord has assigned you? You get up in the morning and have your cup of tea, your fried ham, your cold beef and mince pies, and everything you can possibly cram into the stomach, until you surfeit the system and lay the foundation for disease and earthly death. Says the mother – “Do eat, my little daughter, you are sick; take a piece of pie, toast, or meat, or drink a little tea or coffee; you must take something or other.” Mothers in Israel, such a course engenders disease, and you are laying a foundation that will cut off one-half or two-thirds of the lives of your children. 12:37.
Eating for Health – Instead of doing two days’ work in one day, wisdom would dictate to our sisters, and to every other person, that if they desire long life and good health, they must, after sufficient exertion, allow the body to rest before it is entirely exhausted. When exhausted, some argue that they need stimulants in the shape of tea, coffee, spirituous liquors, tobacco, or some of those narcotic substances which are often taken to goad on the lagging powers to greater exertions. But instead of these kind of stimulants they should recruit by rest. Work less, wear less, eat less, and we shall be a great deal wiser, healthier, and wealthier people than by taking the course we now do. It is difficult to find anything more healthy to drink than good cold water, such as flows down to us from springs and snows of our mountains. This is the beverage we should drink. It should be our drink at all times. If we constantly drink even malt liquor made from our barley and wheat, our health would be injured more or less thereby. It may be remarked that some men who use spirituous liquors and tobacco are healthy, but I argue that they would be much more healthy if they did not use it, and then they are entitled to the blessings promised to those who observe the advice given in the “Word of Wisdom.” Some few persons who have been addicted to the use of hot drinks, etc., have reached the age of eighty, eighty-three, and eighty-four years, but h they not been addicted to such habits of living they might have reached the age of an hundred or an hundred and five years. 12:122.
I do not mean to go without food and go to fasting. This is the other extreme. A sufficient amount of food that will agree with the stomach is healthy, and should be partaken of. Aged or middle aged, youth or children, never should go without food until their stomachs are faint, demanding something to sustain their systems, and continue to undergo this; for this lays the foundation of weakness, and this weakness will tempt disease. But keep the stomach in a perfectly healthy condition. Now I do not mean fasting, but eating moderately; and if my sisters will go home and commence to adopt this rule, you will find that you begin to get better, your children and neighbors will get better. We do not expect all to be free from sickness. I have had a great deal of sickness in my life. I do not expect to be free from ills, the weakness, debility and disease that prey upon the human family, but we can amend our ways, and amend our life by being prudent; and I wish the sisters to understand this, and to adopt these instructions. 19:68.
The citizens of this city are tolerably comfortable; a great many of them have an abundance of fruit, and they enjoy it. It is very healthy for them and their children to eat in the season thereof. 11:141.
As we got richer and built warm houses, and have lived more richly, indulging in sweet cake, plum pudding, roast beef and so on, we have had more or less disease among us. 13:142.
Go into their houses and you will find beef, pork, apple pie, custard pie, pumpkin pie, mince pie, and every luxury, and they live so as to shorten their days and the days of their children. You may think that these things are not of much importance; no more they are, unless they are observed, but let the people observe them and they lay the foundation for longevity, and they will begin to live out their days, not only a hundred years, but, by and by, hundreds of years on the earth. Do you think they will stuff themselves then with tea and coffee, and perhaps with a little brandy sling before breakfast and a little before going to bed, and then beef, pork, mutton, sweet meats, and pastry, morning, noon and night? No; you will find they will live as our first parents did, on fruits and on a little simple food, and they will never overload the stomach. 12:37.
Suppose I happen to say, “Come, wife, let us have a good dinner today;” what does she get? Pork and beef boiled, stewed, roasted, and fried potatoes, onions, cabbage and turnips, custard, eggs, pies of all kinds, cheese and sweet meats. 2:269.
A thorough reformation is needed in regard to our eating and drinking, and on this point I will freely express myself, and shall be glad if the people will hear, believe and obey. If the people were willing to receive the true knowledge from heaven in regard to their diet they would cease eating swine’s flesh. I know this as well as Moses knew it, and without putting it in a code of commandments. The beef fed upon our mountain grasses is as healthy food as we need at present. Beef, so fattened, is as good as wild meat, and is quite different in its nature from stall-fed meat. But we can eat fish; and I ask the people of this community, Who hinders you from raising fowls for their eggs? Who hinders you from cultivating fruit of every variety that will flourish in the different parts of this Territory? There has not been a day through the whole winter that I have not had fresh peaches, and plenty of apples and strawberries. Who hinders any person in this community from having these different kinds of food in their families? Fish is as healthy a food as we can eat, if we except vegetables and fruit, and with them will become a very wholesome diet. 12:192.
When we go on a trip to the settlements and stop at the brethren’s houses, it is, “Brother Brigham, let us manifest our feelings towards you and your company.” I tell them to do so, but give me a piece of Johnny-cake; I would rather have it than their pies and tarts and sweet meats. Let me have something that will sustain nature and leave my stomach and whole system clear to receive the Spirit of the Lord and be free from headache and pains of every kind.
The Americans, as a nation, are killing themselves with their vices and high living. As much as a man ought to eat in half an hour they swallow in three minutes, gulping down their food like the canine quadruped under the table, which, when a chunk of meat is thrown down to it, swallows it before you can say “twice.” If you want a reform, carry out the advice I have just given you. Dispense with your multitudinous dishes, and, depend upon it, you will do much towards preserving your families from sickness, disease and death.
If this method were adopted in this community, I will venture to say that it would add ten years to the lives of our children. That is worth a great deal. 13:153-154.
If the days of man are to begin to return, we must cease all extravagant living. When men live to the age of a tree, their food will be fruit. Mothers, to produce offspring full of life and days, must cease drinking liquor, tea, and coffee, that their systems may be free from bad effects. If every woman in this Church will now cease drinking tea, coffee, liquor, and all other powerful stimulants, and live upon vegetables, etc., not many generations will pass away before the days of man will again return. But it will take generations to eradicate entirely the influences of deleterious substances. 8:63.
Living Out-of-Doors – People need not be afraid of living out-of-doors, nor sleeping out-of-doors. This country is much healthier than the lowlands in the States, or than many places in the Old World. 4:92.
Good pure air is the greatest sustainer of animal life. Other elements of life we can dispense with for a time, but this seems to be essential every moment; hence the necessity of well ventilated dwelling-houses, especially the rooms occupied for sleeping. You can live without water and food longer than you can without air, and water is of more importance than meat and bread. 8:168.
The out-door air is what the people need for health, it is good for them to camp out. Close houses are injurious to the health; if our houses were every one of them leveled to the ground, and we were obliged to live in our wagons and tents, the people would be healthier, from year to year, than they are now. Good houses are comfortable and very convenient, and please our feelings, and are tolerably healthful when properly ventilated. 2:284.
What gives the people colds and makes them sick? You hear many say, “I had not had a cold this fall until I came into our new house.” Brethren and sisters that have come into the city from living in the canyons, and those who have arrived from the States this season, have not been troubled with colds until they came into warm houses; that gives them colds, by depriving their lungs of the benefit they are organized to receive from the atmosphere. 4:91.
We should have plenty of pure, fresh air. If children are kept in close bedrooms, they become puny and weakly. Let them sleep where they can have abundance of pure air, in well-ventilated rooms, or out-of-doors, in the summer time, in a safe place; it will be most beneficial for their health. 12:218.
Exercise and Mental Vigor – Do you know that it is your privilege so to live that your minds may all the time be perfectly within your control? Study to preserve your bodies in life and health, and you will be able to control your minds. 8:135.
My mind becomes tired, and perhaps some of yours do. If so, go and exercise your bodies. 6:148.
In the eastern country there was a man who used to go crazy, at times, and then come to his senses again. One of his neighbors asked him what made him go crazy; he replied, “I get to thinking, and thinking, until finally I think so far that I am not always able to think back again.” Can you think too much for the spirit which is put in the tabernacle? You can, and this is a subject which I wish the brethren instructed upon, and the people to understand. The spirit is the intelligent part of man, and is intimately connected with the tabernacle. Let this intelligent part labor to excess, and it will eventually overcome the tabernacle, the equilibrium will be destroyed, and the whole organization deranged. Many people have deranged themselves by thinking too much.
The thinking part is the immortal or invisible portion, and it is that which performs the mental labor; then the tabernacle, which is formed and organized for that express purpose, brings about or effects the result of that mental labor. Let the body work with the mind, and let them both labor fairly together, and, with but few exceptions, you will have a strong-minded, athletic individual, powerful both physically and mentally.
When you find the thinking faculty perfectly active, in a healthy person, it should put the physical organization into active operation, and the result of the reflection is carried out, and the object is accomplished. In such a person you will see mental and physical health and strength combined, in their perfection. 3:247.
As for health, it is far healthier to walk than to ride, and better every way for the people. 4:103.
Many persons are so constituted, that if you put them in a parlor, keep a good fire for them, furnish them tea, cake, sweet meats, etc., and nurse them tenderly, soaking their feet, and putting them to bed, they will die in a short time; but throw them into snow banks, and they will live a great many years. Brother Heywood would have been in his grave long ago, if he had not led an out-door life, and such is the case with others; but he is again here, and we have the privilege of seeing him. 4:295.
Physiological Differences – The study and practice of anatomy and surgery are very good; they are mechanical, and are frequently needed. Do you not think it is necessary to give medicine sometimes? Yes, I can see the faces of this congregation, but I do not see two alike; and if I could look into your nervous systems and behold the operations of disease, from the crowns of your heads to the soles of your feet, I should behold the same difference that I see in your physiognomy – there would be no two precisely alike. Doctors make experiments, and if they find a medicine that will have the desired effect on one person, they set it down that it is good for everybody, but it is not so, for upon the second person that medicine is administered to, seemingly with the same disease, it might produce death. If you do not know this, you have not had the experience that I have. I say that unless a man or woman who administers medicine to assist the human system to overcome disease, understands, and has that intuitive knowledge, by the Spirit, that such an article is good for that individual at that very time, they had better let him alone. Let the sick do without eating, take a little of something to cleanse the stomach, bowels and blood, and wait patiently, and let nature have time to gain the advantage over the disease. 15:225.
Feeding Children – Now, mothers, if you want to do good, do not let your sons and daughters drink either tea or coffee, while under your protection. 11:352.
Some mothers, when bearing children, long for tea and coffee, or for brandy and other strong drinks, and if they give way to that influence the next time they will want more, and the next still more, and thus lay the foundation for drunkenness in their offspring. An appetite is engendered, bred, and born in the child, and it is a miracle if it does not grow up a confirmed drunkard. 2:270.
Infants, children, youth, young men, and young women, thousands and tens of thousands of them, go to an untimely grave through the diseases engendered in their systems by their progenitors. 13:276.
Sisters, will you take notice, and instruct those who are not here today, to adopt this rule – stop your children from eating meat, and especially fat meat; let them have composition  to drink, instead of unhealthy water; let them eat a little more porridge; let them eat sparingly and not oppress the stomach so as to create a fever. No matter whether it is a child or a middle-aged person, whenever the stomach is over-loaded and charged with more than is required it creates a fever; this fever creates sickness, until death relieves the sufferer. 19:68.
Many husbands are made sick and many children are sent to an untimely grave through eating badly prepared food, the result of ignorance or carelessness. 10:28.
Children should have milk, bread, water, and potatoes; and everything that would lay the foundation for disease should be strenuously kept from their stomachs, that no appetites may be formed for pernicious substances, which, when formed, cannot be overcome easily, if at all. 2:21.
I will tell you how you can enjoy health. You let your children have a little milk in the morning. Give them a little bread with it – not soft bread, teach your children to eat crust – hard-baked bread, that the Americans would call stale, but the English would not. Teach them to eat this, and to eat sparingly. Instead of drinking unhealthy water, boil such water, and let it stand until it is cool. If the children are in the least troubled with summer complaint, and are weak in their bowels, make a weak composition tea, sweeten it with loaf sugar and put a little nice cream in it; and let the children make a practice of drinking composition instead of cold water. Mothers, keep the children from eating meat; and let them eat vegetables that are fully matured, not unripe, and bread that is well-baked, not soft. Do not put your loaf into the oven with a fire hot enough to burn it before it is baked through, but with a slow heat, and let it remain until it is perfectly baked; and I would prefer, for my own eating, each and every loaf to be not thicker than my two hands – you tell how thick they are – and I would want the crust as thick as my hand. 19:67.
Be careful of your bodies; be prudent in laying out your energies, for when you are old you will need the strength and power you are now wasting. Preserve your lives. Until you know and practice this, you are not thoroughly good soldiers nor wise stewards. 8:136-137.

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Brigham Young:  Priesthood and Relief Society Manual,

Printed 1997; page 333, bottom half of page:

The Millennium will be a time of unity and peace…

    The Millennium consists in this — every heart in the Church and Kingdom of God united in one; the Kingdom increasing to the overcoming of everything opposed to the economy of heaven, and Satan being bound, and having a seal set upon him. All things else will be as they are now, we shall eat, drink, and wear clothing. (DBY, 115)

    Let the people be holy, and the earth under their feet will be holy. Let the people be holy, and filled with the Spirit of God, and every animal and creeping thing will be filled with peace; and the soil of the earth will bring forth in its strength, and the fruits thereof will be meat for man. The more purity that exists, the less is the strife; the more kind we are to our animals, the more will peace increase, and the savage nature of the brute creation vanish away. If the people will not serve the Devil another moment whilst they live, if this congregation is possessed of that spirit and resolution, here in this house is the Millennium. Let the people of this city be possessed of that spirit, let the people of this territory be possessed of that spirit, and here is the Millennium. Let the whole people…be possessed of that spirit, and here is the Millennium, and so will it spread over all the world.(DBY, 115-16)

Times and Seasons; Hyrum Smith “Truth Will Prevail” [VOLUME 3, p. 799]

TIMES AND SEASONS

“TRUTH WILL PREVAIL.”

 [VOL. III. No. 15.]      CITY OF NAUVOO. ILL. JUNE 1, 1842.      [Whole No. 5]

THE WORD OF WISDOM.

(‘The Engine of Health‘)

  We had a very instructive, impressive, and salutary discourse delivered us in the City of Nauvoo, last Sabbath on the above subject, to a large and attentive congregation, by Pres’t. Hyrum Smith.

  He stated “that there were many of the commands of God that seemed to be overlooked by this generation, and he was fearful that many of the Latter Day Saints in this respect were following their old traditions, and former practices of spiritualizing the word of God, and through a vain philosophy departing from the pure principles of eternal truth which God had given by revelation for the salvation of the human family; but, that every word of God is an importance, whether it be the word contained in the Bible, in the Book of Mormon, or in the Book of Doctrine and Covenants, for ‘man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth from the mouth of God.’ The principles that are taught in the Bible are pure, and ought to be adhered too; and if people adhere to that teaching it will prove their salvation. The principles that are taught in the Book of Mormon are also pure, and holy and righteous, and will if followed lead men to God. And the principles that are taught in the Book of Doctrine and Covenants, are from God, they are principles of righteousness; — they are given for a blessing to the human family, and the salvation, temporal and spiritual, of his saints; and that man who wantonly departs from any of the revelations of Jehovah, and treats lightly the word of God, whether contained in the Book of Doctrine and Covenants, the Book of Mormon, or the Bible, is void of understanding: he is not wise concerning the doings of the Lord, the plan of salvation, the past dealings, present designs, or future purposes of the Amighty. The God of the armies of Israel is a wise God, he comprehended the end from beginning, and adapted his plans, his designs and teaching, to the peculiar wants, the local situation, the exigences of mankind; and the present and future good of the human family; and every thing that he has deigned to notice by way of instruction to the children of men, is given by infinite wisdom; by the intelligence of Jehovah; and if obeyed, when his designs shall be fully unravelled, it will be seen that there was wisdom in it beyond the comprehension of man in his present state.

  When God first made man upon the earth, he was a different being entirely to what he now is; his body was strong, athletic, robust, and healthy; his days were prolonged upon the earth; he lived nearly one thousand years, his mind was vigorous and active, and his intellectual faculties clear and comprehensive, but he has become degenerated; his life has dwindled to a span; disease preys upon his system; his body is enervated and feeble; and his mentle and intellectual faculties are impaired, and weakened; and man is not now that dignified, noble, majestic, honorable, and mighty being that he was when he first proceded from the hands of his maker.

  The Lord has in his wise designs revealed unto us his will; he has made known unto us his future purposses; he has told us as he did his ancient prophets that the ‘earth shall be redeemed — that the curse shall be removed from it — that the wolf and the lamb shall lie down together — that the lion shall eat straw like the ox; — and that they shall not hurt nor destroy — that the knowledge of the Lord shall cover the earth, as the waters covers the sea’ — that man’s days shall be as ‘the days of a tree,’ that he shall again live one thousand years on the earth — this is the ‘time of the restoration of all things,’ and this has got to be brought about by the wisdom and power of God, and the wisdom, obedience and faith of man combined.

  Every thing has become degenerated from what it was in its primitive state; ‘God made man pure, but he has found out many inventions:’ his vices have become innumerable, and his diseases multiplied; his taste has become vitiated, and his judgment impaired; he has fallen — fallen — fallen, from that dignified state that he once occupied on the earth; and it needs a restorative that man has not in his possession — wisdom which is beyond the reach of human intellect; — and power which human philosophy, talent and ingenuity cannot control. God only is acquainted with the fountain of action, and the main springs of human events; he knows where disease is seated, and what is the cause of it; — he is also acquainted with the spring of health; the balm of Gileadof life; he knows what course to pursue to restore mankind to their pristine excellency and primitive vigour, and health;and he has appointed the word of wisdom as one of the engines to bring about this thing, to remove the beastly appetites, the murderous disposition and the vitiated taste of man; to restore his body to health, and vigour, promote peace between him and the brute creation, and as one of the littlewheels in God’s designs, to help to regulate the great machinery, which shall eventually revolutionize the earth, and bring about the restoration of all things, and when they are restored he will plant ‘the tree of life, whose leaves shall be for the healing of the nations.’

  The Lord has told us what is good for us to eat, and to drink, and what is pernicious; but some of our wise philosophers, and some of our elders too, pay no regard to it; they think it too little, too foolish, for wise men to regard — fools! where is their wisdom, philosophy and intelligence? from whence did they obtain their superior light? Their capacity, and their power of reasoning was given them by the great Jehovah: if they have any wisdom they obtained it from him: and have they grown so much wiser than God that they are going to instruct him in the path of duty, and to tell him what is wise, and what is foolish. They think it too small for him to condesend to tell men what will be nutritious or what will be unhealthy. Who made the corn, the wheat, the rye, and all the vegetable substances? and who was it that organized man, and constituted him as he is found? who made his stomach, and his digestive organs, and prepared proper nutriment for his system, that the juices of his body might be supplied; and his form be invigorated by that kind of food which the laws of nature, and the laws of God has said would be good for man? And has God made his food, and provided it for the use of man; and shall he be ashamed to speak of the work of his hands: has he become so fantastical, so foolish, so weak and effeminate, that it has become impolitic for him to tell what is the best distribution to make of the work of his hands? Oh shame! let it not be heard among the saints; let that man who inculcates such principles hide his face. We are told by some that circumstances alter the revelations of God — tell me what circumstances would alter the ten commandments? they were given by revelation — given as a law to the children of Israel — who has a right to alter that law? Some think that they are too small for us to notice, they are not too small for God to notice, and have we got so high, so bloated out, that we cannot condescend to notice things that God has ordained for our benefit? or have we got so weak that we are not fit to be called saints? for the word of wisdom is adapted to the capacity of all that ‘are or can be called saints.’

  Listen not to the teaching of any man, or any elder who says the word of wisdom is of no moment; for such a man will eventually be overthrown. These are principles that I have always acted upon; that I have always practiced; and they are what my family practices; they are what Brother Hyrum has always contended for, and what I now contend for; and I know that nothing but an unwavering, undeviating course can save a man in the kingdom of God.

  The Lord has told us that ‘Strong drinks are not good,’ who is it that will say they are? when the Lord says they are not. That man who says ‘Ican drink wine or strong drink, and it not hurt me,’ is not wise. But some will say, ‘I know that it did me good, for I was fatigued, and feeble, on a certain occasion, and and it revived me, and I was invigorated thereby, and that is sufficient proof for me:’ It may be for you, but it would not be for a wise man, for every spirit of this kind will only produce a greater langor when its effects cease to operate upon the human body. But you know that you are benefited, yes, so does the man who has mortgaged his property, know that he is relieved from his present embarassments; but his temporary relief only binds the chords of bondage more severely around him. The Lord has not ordained strong drink for the belly; ‘but for the washing of your bodies.’ And again ‘tobacco is not for the body, neither for the belly; and it is not good for man; but as an herb for bruises, and all sick cattle, to be used with judgment and skill.’ Tobacco is a nauseous, stinking, abominable thing, and I am surprised that any human being should think of using it — for an elder especially to eat, or smoke it, is a disgrace to him; — he is not fit for the office, he ought first to learn to keep the word of wisdom, and then to teach others. God will not prosper the man who uses it. And again ‘hot drinks are not for the body, or belly;’ there are many who wonder what this can mean; whether it refers to tea, or coffee, or not. I say it does refer to tea, and coffee. Why is it that we are frequently so dull and languid? it is because we break the word of wisdom, disease preys upon our system, our understandings are darkened, and we do not comprehend the things of God; the devil takes advantage of us, and we fall into temptation. Not only are they injurious in their tendency, and baneful in their effects, but the importation of foreign products might be the means of thousands of our people being poisened at a future time, through the advantage that an enemy might take of us, if we made use of these things that are thus spoken of as being evil; and be it remembered — that this instruction is given ‘in consequence of evils that do and will exist in the hearts of conspiring men.’

  ‘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 to be used with prudence and thank giving. Yea, flesh also of beasts and of the fowls of the air, I the Lord hath ordained for the use of man with thanksgiving. 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. 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; and these hath God made for the use of man only in times of famine, and excess of hunger.’

  Let men attend to these instructions, let them use the things ordained of God; let them be sparing of the life of animals; ‘it is pleasing saith the Lord that flesh be used only in times of winter, or of famine’ — and why to be used in famine? because all domesticated animals would naturally die, and may as well be made use of by man, as not,

  “All grain is good for the food of man, as also the fruit of the vine, that which yieldeth fruit, whether in the the ground or above the ground Nevertheless wheat for man, and corn 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. And all saints who remember to keep and do these sayings, walking in obedience to the commandments, shall receive health in their naval, and marrow to their bones and shall find wisdom, and great treasures of knowledge even hidden treasures; and shall run and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint: 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.’

  Let these things be adhered to; let the saints be wise; let us lay aside our folly and abide by the commandments of God; so shall we be blessed of the great Jehovah in time and in eternity: we shall be healthy, strong and vigorous: we shall be enabled to resist disease; and wisdom will crown our councils, and our bodies will become strong and powerful, our progeny will become mighty, and will rise up and call us blessed; the daughters of Jesus will be beautiful, and her sons the joy of the whole earth; we shall prepare ourselves for the purposes of Jehovah for the kingdom of God for the appearance of Jesus in his glory; “out of Zion the perfection of beauty,” God will shine; Zion will be exalted, and become the praise of the whole earth.”

  Thus spake the man of God, fired with heavenly holy zeal, for the welfare of the saints of the most high, who were assembled around him, in breathless silence, listening to the gracious words that fell from his lips, which we feel ourselves utterly incapable of doing justice to, in this brief sketch; and can only say that with boldness and firmness he expatiated freely and fully upon those principles opposing vice and error in its various forms; we are pursuaded that his instructions will be indelibly engraven on the memories of thousands who listened to his discourse. Firm and unwavering in his principles, he has ever been the advocate of sterling integrity, righteousness and truth, and when we saw him exerting all his energies to impress upon the minds of the audience the importance of the thing that he advocated, it reminded us of the sayings of one of the ancient servants of God. “I will declare thy righteousness in the great congregation.’

  OMEGA.

(End: TIMES AND SEASONS, VOLUME 3, p. 801)

Prophets Diary

An American Prophets Record, The Diaries and Journals of Joseph Smith,

Edited By Scott H. Faulring. (Signature Books, Smith Research Associates, SLC Ut 1998)

        This publication is the wonderful labor of Scott H. Faulring. It opens “treasures of knowledge” for those desiring to experience the daily life and heart of our courageous Prophet and those other courageous friends and participants of the Restoration around him.

        I recommend your acquire your own copy and search its interesting, enlightening, life enriching and spirit expanding  pages.   tlr

An American Prophets Record, The Diaries and Journals of Joseph Smith

Page 445

        Tuesday, Feb[ruary] 6[th] [several lines left blank] Evening with Hyrum and Sidney and the 12 [Apostles] and the wives at John Taylor’s at 5 P.M. for supper Very pleasant time. I prophesied at the table that 5 years would not roll round before the company would all be able to live without cooking. [rest of page blank] {page 255}

Pages 446-447

         Tuesday, Feb[ruary] 20t[th] 1844 At home. At 10 A.M. went to my office where the Twelve [Apostles] and some others met in council with Bro[ther]s Mitchel Curtis and Stephen Curtis who left the pinery, 1st of January, Black River. [They were] sent by Lyman Wight and Bishop Miller to know whither Lyman should preach to the indians. The Menominees and Chippeway having requested it. The Chippeways had given Bro[ther] Wight some wampum as token of peace and the brethren had given them 1/2 box flour and an ox to keep them from starving and Wight had gone through to Green Bay with them to mark a road.
I told them to tell Bro(ther] Wight I have no council to shed-blood* /give/ him. He is there on his own ground and he must act on his own responsibility and do what he thinks best and he shall never be brought into any difficulty about it by us. (*Note “shed-blood” is struck through with line – tlr)

        Lyman Wight is one of those 12 Apostles with their wives that were in attendance in the home of John Taylor — so he heard and understood the entire evenings instructions (not recorded, per “{rest of page blank}”- see above) and discussion (which displeased several Apostles, their wives and so many other saints – per George Q. Cannon), so he is now concerned about his desperate choice to slaughter his ox to save the lives of these starving, freezing and already dying Gospel desiring native peoples — who were struggling for food in the awful situation that he and Bishop Miller found them, left without stores consequent to the previous years draught followed by the most brutal winter ever recorded.
        Righteous and caring, Apostle Wight needed to know that he had not displeased the Lord, nor his Prophet, and that he was within the exception of “to save your lives” as the Prophet had revealed to his Apostles and had expanded upon in that evening at John Taylor’s home, only two weeks before.
        See DC 89:13,15; DC 49:21; and footnote 21a: JST Gen 9:11 and The Teachings of Joseph Smith, Page 71: Kindness to Animals.   (tlr)

That day’s entry continues…
I instructed the 12 [Apostles] to send out a delegation and investigate the locations of  California and Oregon and find a good location where we can remove after the Temple is completed and build a city in a day and have a government of our own in a healthy climate      (Note: Utah was in California Territory – tlr)
Dr. Richards recieved a letter from Ja[me]s A. Bennet which / pleased me much. At office./ Warm. Ice began to come down from above in the river.
[written sideways on the page] / Visited at James Irvins this P.M. and evening / {page 269}

Teachings Joseph Smith

TEACHINGS OF THE PROPHET JOSEPH SMITH :  [SECTION TWO : Page 71 ]

Compiled by Joseph Fielding Smith

Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 71

Kindness to Animals Required of Man

The following incidents occurred while Zion’s Camp was on the march from Kirtland to Missouri.

          In pitching my tent we found three massasaugas or prairie rattlesnakes, which the brethren were about to kill, but I said, “Let them alone — don’t hurt them! How will the serpent ever lose its venom, while the servants of God possess the same disposition, and continue to make war upon it? Men must become harmless before the brute creation, and when men lose their vicious dispositions and cease to destroy the animal race, the lion and the lamb can dwell together, and the sucking child can play with the serpent in safety.” The brethren took the serpents carefully on sticks and carried them across the creek. I exhorted the brethren not to kill a serpent, bird, or an animal of any kind during our journey unless it became necessary in order to preserve ourselves from hunger. (May 26, 1834.)  D.H.C. 2:71.

Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 71/72

Never Trifle with Promises of God

[ In the following section, notice the Prophet’s warning that when you know something to be bad for you, you cannot expect the Lord to protect you when you act contrary to that knowledge once you have it!  – tlr ]

          Martin Harris having boasted to the brethren that he could handle snakes with perfect safety, while fooling with a black snake with his bare feet, he received a bite on his left foot. The fact was communicated to me, and I took occasion to reprove him, and exhort the brethren never to trifle with the promises of God. I told them it was presumption for any one to provoke a serpent to bite him, but if a man of God was accidentally bitten by a poisonous serpent, he might have faith, or his brethren might have faith for him, so that the Lord would hear his prayer and he might be healed; but when a man designedly provokes a serpent to bite him, the principle is the same as when a man drinks deadly poison knowing it to be such. In that case no man has any claim on the promises of God to be healed. (June 16, 1834.)  D.H.C. 2:95-96.

 Daniel in Babylon – Josephus, Complete Works  5:1, 2

CHAPTER X

CONCERNING DANIEL, AND WHAT BEFELL HIM AT BABYLON

1. BUT now Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, took some of the most noble of the Jews that were children, and the kinsmen Zedikiah their king, such as were remarkable for the beauty of their bodies and the comeliness of their countenances, and delivered them into the hands of tutors, and to the improvement to be made by them. He also made some of them to be eunuchs; which course he took also with those of other nations whom he bad taken in the flower of their age, and afforded them their diet from his own table, and had them instructed in the institutes of the country, and taught the learning of the Chaldeans; and they had now exercised themselves sufficiently in that wisdom which he had ordered they should apply themselves to. Now among these there were four of the family of Zedekiah of most excellent dispositions; the one of whom was called another Ananias, another Misael, and the fourth, Azarias: and the king of Babylon changed their names and commanded that they should make use of other names. Daniel he called Baltasar; Ananias, Shadrach; Misael, Mesbach; and Aza­rias, Abednego. These the king had in esteem, and continued to love, because of the very ex­cellent temper they were of, and because of their application to learning, and the progress they made in wisdom.

2. Now Daniel and his kinsmen had resolved to use a severe diet, and to abstain from those kinds of food which came from the king’s table, and entirely to forbear to eat of all living creatures: so he came to Ashpenaz who was that eunuch to whom the care of them was committed and desired him to take and spend what was brought for them from the king; but to give them pulse and dates for their food, and anything else, besides the flesh of living creatures, that he pleased, for that their inclinations were to that sort of food, and that they despised the other. He replied, that he was ready to serve them in what they desired, but he suspected that they would be discovered by the king, from their meager bodies, and the alteration of their countenances; because it could not be avoided but their bodies and colours must be changed with their diet, especially while they would be clearly discovered by the finer appearance of the other children, who would fare better, and thus they should bring him into danger, and occasion him to be punished: yet did they persuade Arioch, who was thus fearful to give them what food they desired for ten days, by way of trial; and in case the habit of their bodies were not altered, to go on in the same way, as expecting that they should not be hurt thereby afterwards; but if he saw them look meager, and worse than the rest, he should reduce them to their former diet. Now when it appeared that they were so far from becoming worse by the use of this food, that they grew plumper and fuller in body than the rest, insomuch, that he thought those who fed on what came from the king’s table seemed less plum and full, while those that were with Daniel looked as if they had lived in plenty, and in all sorts of luxury, Arioch, from that time, securely took himself what the king sent every day from his supper, according to custom, to the children, but gave them the fore­mentioned diet, while they had their souls in some measure more pure, and less burdened, and so fitter for learning, and had their bodies in better tune for hard labour; for they neither had the former oppressed and heavy with variety of meats, nor were the other effeminate on the same account; so they readily understood all the learning that was among the Hebrews, and among the Chaldeans, as especially did Daniel, who, being already skilled in wisdom, was very busy about the interpretation of dreams: and God manifest himself to him.

Israel’s Lethal Quail! ~ Numbers 11:10-34 and  Psalms 78:10-34

Israel’s Lust for Flesh and dying with “…the Flesh Yet Between Their Teeth,..!”

Numbers 11:10-34 and  Psalms 78:10-34

These two renderings of Israel’s lust — for flesh in Numbers 11:13, 31-34 and Psalms 78:18 & 30, and their eating of the quail, have been misinterpreted by us (and our ancestors) in our light-minded and poor or non-study of the scriptures! So we dangerously parrot to each other the commonly flawed rendering of this story. So most believe it was the Lord providing meat in the quail and that it was for Israel’s benefit, but quite the opposite was true.
Those Israelites who desired flesh for their tables and so gathered and ate the quail were destroyed!
The recommendation appears to be: Never presume to ask for and eat any flesh, even fowl, even though you may believe they where delivered to you by God!

Influenza and Cholera are among the common hundred-plus disease organisms vehicled by quail (and in all fowl).
Hundreds of pioneer saints died with the flu and cholera on their trek to “Zion” when ignorantly believing  — like most — the common half-reading and mis-interpreting of this scripture, they unwisely ate quail and other infectious flesh on their way to Utah, and did die! A very harsh recompense for not learning carefully the Lord’s true desires (DC 89:13, 15) and commands (DC 49:21, footnote 21a), and  following Joseph’s inspired counsel (Teachings of Joseph Smith, pg. 71:Kindness to Animals)!

Now read completely and carefullyand understand the real consequences of Israel’s lust for flesh!
Please don’t make any animal’s pathogens your or your child’s unnecessary disease or sickness, or the fate of the foolish flesh-lusting Israelites, your fate! Don’t gather, butcher, handle and eat Israel’s lethal Quail – or anyone else’s infectious fowl, or consume any needlessflesh!

Num. 11:10 – 34

10 ¶ Then Moses heard the people weep throughout their families, every man in the door of his tent: and the anger of the LORD was kindled greatly; Moses also was displeased.
11 And Moses said unto the LORD, Wherefore hast thou afflicted thy servant? and wherefore have I not found favour in thy sight, that thou layest the burden of all this people upon me?
12 Have I conceived all this people? have I begotten them, that thou shouldest say unto me, Carry them in thy bosom, as a nursing father beareth the sucking child, unto the land which thou swarest unto their fathers?
13 Whence should I have flesh to give unto all this people? for they weep unto me, saying, “Give us flesh,” that we may eat!
14 I am not able to bear all this people alone, because it is too heavy for me.
15 And if thou deal thus with me, kill me, I pray thee, out of hand, if I have found favour in thy sight; and let me not see my wretchedness.
16 ¶ And the LORD said unto Moses, Gather unto me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom thou knowest to be the elders of the people, and officers over them; and bring them unto the tabernacle of the congregation, that they may stand there with thee.
17 And I will come down and talk with thee there: and I will take of the spirit which is upon thee, and will put it upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with thee, that thou bear it not thyself alone.
18 And say thou unto the people, Sanctify yourselves against to morrow, and ye shall eat flesh: for ye have wept in the ears of the LORD, saying, Who shall give us flesh to eat? for it was well with us in Egypt: therefore the LORD will give you flesh, and ye shall eat.
19 Ye shall not eat one day, nor two days, nor five days, neither ten days, nor twenty days;
20 But even a whole month, until it come out at your nostrils, and it be loathsome unto you: because that ye have despised the LORD which is among you, and have wept before him, saying, Why came we forth out of Egypt?
21 And Moses said, The people, among whom I am, are six hundred thousand footmen; and thou hast said, I will give them flesh, that they may eat a whole month.
22 Shall the flocks and the herds be slain for them, to suffice them? or shall all the fish of the sea be gathered together for them, to suffice them?
23 And the LORD said unto Moses, Is the LORD’s hand waxed short? thou shalt see now whether my word shall come to pass unto thee or not.
24 ¶ And Moses went out, and told the people the words of the LORD, and gathered the seventy men of the elders of the people, and set them round about the tabernacle.
25 And the LORD came down in a cloud, and spake unto him, and took of the spirit that was upon him, and gave it unto the seventy elders: and it came to pass, that, when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, and did not cease.
26 But there remained two of the men in the camp, the name of the one was Eldad, and the name of the other Medad: and the spirit rested upon them; and they were of them that were written, but went not out unto the tabernacle: and they prophesied in the camp.
27 And there ran a young man, and told Moses, and said, Eldad and Medad do prophesy in the camp.
28 And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of Moses, one of his young men, answered and said, My lord Moses, forbid them.
29 And Moses said unto him, Enviest thou for my sake? would God that all the LORD’s people were prophets, and that the LORD would put his spirit upon them!
30 And Moses gat him into the camp, he and the elders of Israel.
31 ¶ And there went forth a wind from the LORD, and brought quails from the sea, and let them fall by the camp, as it were a day’s journey on this side, and as it were a day’s journey on the other side, round about the camp, and as it were two cubits high upon the face of the earth.
32 And the people stood up all that day, and all that night, and all the next day, and they gathered the quails: he that gathered least gathered ten homers: and they spread them all abroad for themselves round about the camp.
33 And while the flesh was yet between their teeth, ere it was chewed, the wrath of the LORD was kindled against the people, and the LORD smote the people with a very great plague.
34 And he called the name of that place Kibroth-hattaavah: because there they buried the people that lusted.

Psalms. 78:10 – 34

10 They kept not the covenant of God, and refused to walk in his law;
11 And forgat his works, and his wonders that he had shewed them.
12 Marvellous things did he in the sight of their fathers, in the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan.
13 He divided the sea, and caused them to pass through; and he made the waters to stand as an heap.
14 In the daytime also he led them with a cloud, and all the night with a light of fire.
15 He clave the rocks in the wilderness, and gave them drink as out of the great depths.
16 He brought streams also out of the rock, and caused waters to run down like rivers.
17 And they sinned yet more against him by provoking the most High in the wilderness.
18 And they tempted God in their heart by asking meat for their lust.
19 Yea, they spake against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?
20 Behold, he smote the rock, that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed; can he give bread also? can he provide flesh for his people?
21 Therefore the LORD heard this, and was wroth: so a fire was kindled against Jacob, and anger also came up against Israel;
22 Because they believed not in God, and trusted not in his salvation:
23 Though he had commanded the clouds from above, and opened the doors of heaven,
24 And had rained down manna upon them to eat, and had given them of the corn of heaven.
25 Man did eat angels’ food: he sent them meat to the full.
26 He caused an east wind to blow in the heaven: and by his power he brought in the south wind.
27 He rained flesh also upon them as dust, and feathered fowls like as the sand of the sea:
28 And he let it fall in the midst of their camp, round about their habitations.
29 So they did eat, and were well filled: for he gave them their own desire;
30 They were not estranged from their lust. But while their meat was yet in their mouths,
31 The wrath of God came upon them, and slew the fattest of them, and smote down the chosen men of Israel.
32 For all this they sinned still, and believed not for his wondrous works.
33 Therefore their days did he consume in vanity, and their years in trouble.
34 When he slew them, then they sought him: and they returned and enquired early after God.

John Taylor / Parley P Pratt  – THE GOVERNMENT OF GOD

THE GOVERNMENT OF GOD
JOHN TAYLOR

CHAPTER XII.

THE EFFECTS OF THE ESTABLISHMENT OF CHRIST’S KINGDOM, OR THE REIGN OF GOD, UPON TIlE EARTH.

HAVING said so much pertaining to the Kingdom, we come to our last proposition, and inquiry, What will be the effects of the establishment of Christ’s kingdom, or the reign of God, upon the earth?

This is, indeed, a grand and important question, and requires our most serious and calm deliberation. If, after all this distress, tribulation, war, bloodshed, and sacrifice of human life, the condition of the world is no better, man is certainly in a most unhappy, hopeless situation. If it is nothingmore than some of the changes contemplated by man, from one species of government to another, and we must still have war, bloodshed, and disorder, and be subject to the caprices of tyrants, or the anarchy of mobs, our prospects are indeed gloomy, and our hopes vain; we may as well “eat and drink, for tomorrow we die;” for, as we have already proven, under the most improved state of human governments we should still be subject to all the ills which flesh is heir to, without any redeeming hope. But this is not a transient, short-lived change; it is something decreed by God, in relation to the earth and man, from before the commencement of the world; even the dispossessing of Satan, the destruction of the ungodly, and the reign of God; or in other words, putting the moral world in the same position in which the physical world is — under the direction of the Almighty. It is the doing away with war, blood shed, misery, disease, and sin, and the ushering in of a kingdom of peace, righteousness, justice, happiness and prosperity. It is the restoration of the earth and man to their primeval glory, and pristine excellence; in fact, the “restitution of all things spoken of by all the prophets since the world began.”

Now, restoration signifies a bringing back, and must refer to some thing which existed before; for if it did not exist before, it could not be restored. I cannot describe this better than Parley P. Pratt has done in his “Voice of Warning,” and shall therefore make the following extract… (Pages 105-106)

…”Next, we learn from Gen.1: 29, 30 — ‘And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in which is the fruit of a tree, yielding seed, to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.’ From these verses wo learn, that the earth yielded neither noxious weeds nor poisonous plants, nor useless thorns and thistle; indeed, every thing that grew was just calculated for the food of man, beast, fowl, and creeping thing; and their food was all vegetable; flesh and blood were never sacrificed to glut their souls, or gratify their appetites; the beast. of the earth were all in perfect harmony with each other; the lion ate straw like the ox — the wolf dwelt with the lamb — the leopard lay down with the kid — the cow and bear fed together, in the same pasture, while their young ones reposed, in perfect security, under the shade of the same trees; all was peace and harmony, and nothing to hurt nor disturb, in all the holy mountain.

“And to crown the whole, we behold man created in the image of God, and exalted in dignity and power, having dominion over all the vast creation of animated beings, which swarmed through the earth; while, at the same time, he inhabits a beautiful and well-watered garden, in the midst of which stood the Tree of Life, to which he had free access; while he stood in the presence of his Maker, conversed with Him face to face, and gazed upon His glory, without a dimming veil between.

0h reader, contemplate, for a moment, this beautiful creation, clothed with peace and plenty; the earth teeming with harmless animals, rejoicing over all the plain; the air swarming with delightful birds, whose never ceasing notes filled the air with varied melody; and all in subjection to their rightful sovereign, who rejoiced over them; while, in a delightful garden — the Capitol of creation, — man was seated on the throne of his vast empire, swaying his scepter over all the earth, with undisputed right; while legions of angels encamped round about him…(Pages 108-109)

…But now Brother Taylor and Pratt sadly describe us at the point to which we (of mankind) have fallen, degenerated and currently become. You will also read of the fear, sorrow and pollution experienced the creatures and the Earth at our divisive, mindless, self absorbed and too oft murderous hands. And of our own loss of blessings, vigor and life and the precious lives of our children as consequence. This is not a complementary description of either the past or us, the current children of God — no matter how righteous we may believe ourselves to have become. It is now time for us to fully understand, fully repent and return to our once primeval garden wisdom, our creation loving nature and divine reverence and behavior!..

…”But men have degenerated, and greatly changed, as well as the earth. The sins, the abominations, and the many evil habits of the latter ages, have added to the miseries, toils, and sufferings of human life. The idleness, extravagance, pride, covetousness, drunkenness, and other abominations, which are characteristics of the latter times, have all combined to sink mankind to the lowest state of wretchedness and degradation; while and false doctrines, have greatly tended to lull mankind to sleep, and caused them to rest infinitely short of the powers and attainments which the ancients did enjoy, and which are alone calculated to exalt the intellectual powers of the human  mind, to establish noble and generous sentiments, to enlarge the heart, and to expand the soul to the utmost extent of its capacity. Witness the ancients conversing with the Great Jehovah, learning lessons from the angels, and receiving instruction by the Holy Ghost in dreams by night, and visions by day, until at length the veil is taken off, and they are permitted to gaze, with wonder and admiration, upon all things past and future; yea, even to soar aloft amid unnumbered   worlds; while the vast expanse of eternity stands open before them, and they contemplate the mighty works of the Great I AM, until they know as they are known, and see as they are seen.

“Compare this intelligence with the low smatterings of education and worldly wisdom which seem to satisfy the narrow mind of man in our generation; yea, behold the narrow-minded, calculating, trading, overreaching, penurious sycophant the nineteenth century, who dreams of nothing here but how to increase his goods, or take advantage of’ his neighbor; and whose only religious exercises or duties consist of going to meeting, paying the priest his hire, or praying to his God, without expecting to be heard or answered, supposing that God has been deaf and dumb for many centuries, or altogether stupid and indifferent, like himself And having seen the two contrasted, you will be able to form some idea of the vast elevation from which man has fallen; you will also learn how infinitely beneath his former glory and dignity he is now living, and your heart will mourn, and be exceedingly sorrowful, when you contemplate him in his low estate – and then think he is your brother; and you will be ready to exclaim, with wonder and astonishment, 0 man I how art the fallen I once thou wast the favorite of Heaven; thy Maker delighted to converse with thee, and angels and the spirits of just men made perfect were thy companions; but now thou art degraded, and brought down on a level with thebeasts; yea, far beneath them, for they look with horror and affright at your vain amusements, your sports and your drunkenness, and thus often set an example worthy of your imitation!

Well did the apostle Peter say of you, that you know nothing, only what you know naturally, as brute beasts made to be taken and de destroyed. And thus you perish, from generation to generation. While all creation groans under its pollution; and sorrow and death, mourning and weeping, fill up the measure of the days of man…” (Pages 111-112)

The full text ought to be read to see the full importance of our coming to peace with creation so we can establish a truly righteous and peaceful human government — and receive the full blessings of health man was always supposed to have!

Copies of this book and Parley P Pratt’s “Voice of Warning” can be obtained from:

(LDS) Archive Publishers

PO Box 1476, Grantsville Utah 84029

www.ArchivePublishers.com

ph 435-884-1072

(Other) Supportive LDS Authors & Conference Talks

— Writings pointing to or supporting the compassionate bloodless “Vegetarian” Millennial lifestyle choice.

1.  Loaves and Fishes — Five Barley Loaves and Two “Fish” Loaves Blessed. 

          Nibley, Hugh: “Prophetic Book of Mormon”(portion of text is below)

                Then see TLRodgers: Broiled “Fish” and Jewish Wedding: Bread “Fish”

2. Also see Dr Nibley’s book: “Brother Brigham Challenges the Saints” (esp.chapters 1&2)

3. Widtsoe, John and Leah: “The Word of Wisdom, A Modern Interpretation”

          (Available on LDS Info-Base or Gospel Link CDs. Also archieved here in simple text)

4. Conference Talk: Apostle Joseph F Merrill “Eat Meat Sparingly” Apr 1948

5. Conference Talks: President Spencer W Kimball “Don’t Kill the Birds” April & Sept 1978

Prophetic Book of Mormon,  Hugh Nibley

 Chapter 19: Christ among the Ruins:

The Loaves and “Fishes”

pages 415-423

     …But now it is time to turn to a particular text. When E. Revillout announced the discovery of a Coptic manuscript of the Gospel of the Twelve Apostles in 1904, he declared it to be the text which Origen and Jerome “considered . . . to be perhaps earlier than Saint Luke and referred to him in his prologue,” a work esteemed by the church fathers as of “capital importance,” uniquely free of any hint of heresy, carrying the tradition of Christ’s visits to the earth beyond the scope of Luke– even to an event fifteen years later. German scholarship promptly and routinely minimized the claims of Revillout, and went too far in the process. If the fragments of the Coptic Gospel of the Twelve Apostles do not necessarily occur in the order in which Revillout arranged them (the order which we will follow), subsequent discoveries make it clear that they really are connected parts of a single– and typical– forty-day manuscript, and that they belong to the earliest stratum of early Christian writing. Revillout’s arrangment does not follow quite the same order as 3 Nephi, either, but a comparison of the two may be instructive.

     The Lord’s condescension: He came and ate with them:

     Evangile des douze apôtres, Fragment 2, in PO 2:132

     Friends: Have you ever seen, Bretheren, such a loving Lord, promising his apostles his own kingdom? Where they would eat and drink with him upon a heavenly table even as he had eaten with them on earth at an earthly table.

     Thereby he up them in mind of the heavenly table, considering the things of this world [kosmos] as nothing.

     PO 2:132-33. If you really want to know, listen and I will tell you. Did not God feel an equal love for all of his apostles? Listen to John the Evangelist, testifying how the Christ used to plead with [sops] his Father on their behalf, even that “They become on even as we are one.”

     PO 2:133. Do you want to know the truth about that? It is that he chose the Twelve.

     PO 2:132. Listen to John the Evangelist testifying. [On this matter he refers them back to the testimony of John.]

     The barley loaves and the “fishes”:

     PO 2:133. . . . upon them, saying, I feel concerned [pity] for this multitude; for behold they have been with me for three days, and [now] they have nothing to eat. I don’t want to let them leave here hungry, lest they faint by the wayside.

     Andrew said to him, My Lord, where will we find bread in this wilderness?

      Jesus said to Thomas: Go to a certain [pei] man who has with him five loaves of barley bread and two fishes, and bring them to me here.

     Andrew said to him Lord, how far would five loaves go with such a huge crowd?

     Jesus saith to him: Bring them to me and there will be enough.

    (While they go for the food Jesus talks with a little child.)

     And so they sent [for the food]. A small child was brought to Jesus, and straightway, he began to worship him. The small child said to Jesus, Lord I have suffered much because of these [i.e., at the hands of people. The puzzled scribe connects this with the loaves: the child must have suffered because of them, as if the child had been sent to fetch them]. Jesus saith to the child, Give me the five loaves which have been entrusted to you.
 PO 2:134. Thou has not saved [rescued] this multitude in time of need, but it is the toikonomia [arrangment, ordinance, divine intent] that [they] behold a marvelous thing, the remembrance of which shall never pass away, nor the food with which they are filled.
Note here the strange precocity of the child and the sacramental (memorial) nature of the meal.

     The sacrament administered:

     PO 2:134. And Jesus (1) took the loaves

     and (2) blessed them [gave thanks over them]

     and (3) blessed it;

     and (4) gave them to the apostles

      (5) that they might bear them to the multitude.

     The sacrament withheld:

     PO 2:134. For Judas [had been] the last to partake of the loaves [this refers back to the Last Supper, to illustrate a principle].

     Andrew said to Jesus, O Master [sah], Judas did not receive a kleronomia [of] loaves . . . to bear to the multitude . . . [such as] . . . we were to give to them.

     That is because he to whom I did not give a share of the loaves from my hands was not worthy of a part [share] of my flesh.

     Neither did he care to share with the poor, but thought only of the glosogomon [finance].

     The sacramental prayer:

     PO 2:134. It is a mystery of my Father . . . which con[cern]s . . . the partaking [dividing] of my flesh.

     And forthwith he blessed them, saying, O my Father, root

of all good, I ask thee to bless these five barley loaves that all these [multitude] may be filled, that thy son may be glorified in thee; and that those whom thou hast drawn to thee out of the world might hearken to [after, obey] him.

     PO 2:134-35. And straightway his word came to pass in exousia [authority, as requested]. His blessing fell upon [shope] the bread in the apostles’ hands.

     And all the people ate and were filled. They gave praise to God.

     Jesus prays three times:

     PO 2:134-35. You have seen, O my beloved one, what love Jesus had toward his apostles, insomuch that he kept [hid] nothing from them of any of the things touching upon his godhead [relationship to God].

     The first time while blessing the five loaves of barley bread.

     The second time in his giving thanks to his Father [the prayer is not quoted].

     The third time in giving thanks for the seven loaves [the prayer is not quoted].

     The Lord invites the disciples to ask for higher things:

     PO 2:135. Have you seen [considered], O my beloved ones, the love of Jesus towards his apostles; insomuch that he did not conceal anything from them, even all the things concerning his godhead?

     They are abashed and have to be encouraged:

     PO 2:135-36. Jesus saith unto Thomas: Thomas my friend, you and your brethren are free to ask me whatsoever you please and I will keep nothing back from you. Insomuch that you may see, and feel [palpitate] and be convinced in your heart…

Now see in TomRodgers.org: Broiled “Fish” and  News: Jewish Wedding Bread”Fish”

Latter Day Saint Vegetarian Authors 

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Latter Day Saint Vegetarian Writers / Authors:

    Following is a (beginning, but growing) list of contributing LDS Authors who are active and valiant in their faith as “Latter Day Saints” (members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) and who also are firm in their belief of the value, correctness and benefit of their personal fully vegetarian lifestyle choices.

    Their writings, made accessible to you here, reflect their valiant faith in the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ as is presented to us in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and their comfort and integration within it of those “harmless to creation” plant centered nourishment principles for the physical “temples of their Spirit” – found wonderfully and wholly within their fully 100% vegetarian (i.e.vegan) lifestyle choice!

    As you open their writ, keep in mind the inherent limits of all human language and boundaries of human skills with speech; also that each person’s life experiences influence their perceptions, unique expressions and delivery. So please read with generous openness, intent on piercing the veil of mankind’s clumsy script, and look into their hearts to comprehend and understand the loving and caring spirit, laboring within each of these kind writers as they reach out to share, encourage and benefit you:

Fowlkes, Kathleen: “The Gate” – new online book

(see below) and  Ye Shall Know the Truth

Fairchild, Kay:  The Millennium & other papers: Bondage, Laws of God on War, Many Prophets, Thanks

Foster, Chris, Phd:  Vegetarianism – An LDS View

Johnson, Dr Kenneth: Book: Mormon Wisdom and Health (link to Ken’s own website)

Kelly, David – The Lion And The Lamb

Kinmont, Joyce:  Testimony(w/ scriptures & Prophet’s qoutes), The Word of Wisdom Backwards, Book – Diet Decisions for Latter Day Saints

Patterson, Theresa: One Mom’s Study of the Word of Wisdom

Rodgers, Thomas L:  TomRodgers.org – personal experience, perceptions and Personal Writings and Prose

Thorpe, Vonda: Commentary on Word of Wisdom – personal comments and Prophets quotes (temporary simple text copy show for now – to be innhanced with bold, underline and italics later)

Tracy, Dr Ann Blake, Phd:  Prozac, Panacia or Pandora? (to Ann’s own website and Book)

UpDike, Earl:  Book: Mormon Diet

(Other) Supportive L.D.S. Authors: – whose writings or references sustain a “harmless-to-creation” Millennial “Vegetarian” lifestyle.

1. Nibley, Hugh: “Prophetic Book of Mormon” (excerpt: Loaves and fishes, from Evangile des Douze Apotres, Fragment 2, Coptic manuscript)

2. Nibley, Hugh: See “Brother Brigham Challenges The Saints” – Available at LDS Book Stores

3. Widtsoe, John and Leah: See “The Word of Wisdom, A Modern Interpretation” – Available on “LDS Info-Base” or “Gospel Link” CDs  or a simple text form cached here

4. Conference Talk: Apostle Joseph F Merrill “Eat Meat Sparingly” Apr 1948

5. Conference Talks: President Spencer W Kimball “Don’t Kill the Birds” April & Sept 1978

Please return as we add to these pages.

If you have or know of someone’s writings that can be made available here, please notify me by email LDSVeg@LDSVeg.org  or call 801-298-9095.

 Created 1 Mar 2001 – Last major edit 18 Jan 2003 last change 25 Apr 2005 –Visitors since counter reset

Medical Freedom Warning of Benjamin Rush

“Unless we put medical freedom into the Constitution, the time will come when medicine will organize into an undercover dictatorship to restrict the art of healing to one class of man, and deny equal privileges to others. The Constitution of this Republic should make a special privilege for medical freedom as well as religious freedom.”

—-Benjamin Rush, Physician and signer of the Declaration of Independence.

“Recompense: Oppressors still – We are Still oppressed!”

“Our Worst Foolishness – Our Best Stupidity!”

Recompense: 

Oppressing still!

– Man is still oppressed!

“It is true, that man has made great strides to free himself,
and liberate his fellow human beings,

but still he continues to enslave, mistreat, maim
and in mindless slaughter;
abuse, kill and consume the helpless creatures!

Then in nature’s honest balance: 
disease, delusion, dysfunction and death becomes man’s own oppressive recompense!

So, as long as Man is part or party to the oppression of anything!
man will remain diseased, deluded, dying!
and oppressing still! he will remain still oppressed!”


Sept 5 1999, Thomas L. Rodgers, PLT in Washington, DC.

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Our Worst Foolishness!

 – Our Best Stupidity!

“The human body is still its own best physician!

All we of the human species have learned to do,
 is to violate it with our worst foolishness!
 — then interfere with its healing with our best stupidity!”


Oct 7 2001, Thomas L. Rodgers, at USC

 LDS Vegetarians/Vegans – Health Support Books

LDS Diet and LDS Diet Cook Books:

Diet Decisions for Latter Day Saints by Joyce Kinmont (w/TLRodgers, advisor)

Mormon Wisdom and Health by Dr. Kenneth Johnson

Mormon Diet and…

Mormon Diet Cookbook by Earl Updike

Conference, April 1995

“So it is that real, personal sacrifice never was placing an animal on the altar. Instead, it is a willingness to put the animal in us upon the altar and letting it be consumed! Such is the “sacrifice unto the Lord … of a broken heart and a contrite spirit,” (D&C 59:8), a prerequisite to taking up the cross, while giving “away all [our] sins” in order to “know God” (Alma 22:18) for the denial of self precedes the full acceptance of Him. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.”

— Apostle Neal A Maxwell

This first Scripture, — along with Isaiah 66:3 & 4, following, — holds the key to understand what the Lord really wanted in terms of sacrifice from His people, from the beginning! — that of a “broken heart and contrite spirit” — and living within that compassion and peaceful relationship with all creation that truly is — and always was — God!

(Ex. 22:29-31)
29 ¶ Thou shalt not delay to offer the first of thy ripe fruits, and of thy liquors: the firstborn of thy sons shalt thou give unto me.
30 Likewise shalt thou do with thine oxen, and with thy sheep: seven days* it shall be with his dam; on the eighth day thou shalt give it me

[* Seven days: Like with your human child, critical immunity in an animal is established for its life survival and vital emotional bonding with its mother and family or herd is fixed within those important seven days! Then any removal and/or slaughter of the calf or kid would traumatize the mother and stress her associative herd — even potentially drying up part of or all of that herd! — That would bless no one!]

31 ¶ And ye shall be holy men unto me: neither shall ye eat any flesh that is ‘torn’ –[in original Hebrew: severed or cut] of beasts in the field; ye shall cast it to the ‘dogs’ –[unbelievers].

(Isa. 66:3&4)
3 He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog’s neck; he that offereth an oblation, as if he offered swine’s blood; he that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations.
4 I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not.

[Isaiah was speaking here to the chief priest of the temple. Offended by his words which condemned those Levite priests and their blood sacrifices, within months Isaiah was himself slaughtered and dismembered upon their alter at the hand of those very same temple priests.]

Sacrifice:

OLD TESTAMENT

(1 Sam. 15:22)

22 And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.

(Ps. 27:6)
6 And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.

(Ps. 40:5-8)
5 Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.
6 Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required.
7 Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me,
8 I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.

(Ps. 51:15-19)
15 O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.
16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
18 Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.

(Ps. 107:22)
22 And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing.

(Prov. 15:8)
8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.

(Prov. 17:1)
1 Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife.

(Prov. 21:3)
3 To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.

(Prov. 21:27)
27 The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination: how much more, when he bringeth it with a wicked mind?

(Prov. 21:3)
3 To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.

(Eccl. 5:1)
1 Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil.

(Isa. 1:11)
11 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.

(Isa. 29:1-2) spoken in sarcastic rebuke 
1 Woe to Ariel, to Ariel, the city where David dwelt! add ye year to year; let them kill sacrifices.
2 Yet I will distress Ariel, and there shall be heaviness and sorrow: and it shall be unto me as Ariel.

(Isa. 43:22-28)
22 ¶ But thou hast not called upon me, O Jacob; but thou hast been weary of me, O Israel.
23 Thou hast not brought me the small cattle of thy burnt offerings; neither hast thou honoured me with thy sacrifices. I have not caused thee to serve with an offering, nor wearied thee with incense.
24 Thou hast bought me no sweet cane with money, neither hast thou filled me with the fat of thy sacrifices: but thou hast made me to serve with thy sins, thou hast wearied me with thine iniquities.
25 I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.
26 Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified.
27 Thy first father hath sinned, and thy teachers have transgressed against me.
28 Therefore I have profaned the princes of the sanctuary, and have given Jacob to the curse, and Israel to reproaches.

(Isa. 61:8)
8 For I the LORD love judgment, I hate robbery for burnt offering; and I will direct their work in truth, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.

(Isa. 65:3,4)
3 A people that provoketh me to anger continually to my face; that sacrificeth in gardens, and burneth incense upon altars of brick;
4 Which remain among the graves, and lodge in the monuments, which eat swine’s flesh, and broth of abominable things is in their vessels;

(Isa. 66:3,4)
3 He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog’s neck; he that offereth an oblation, as if he offered swine’s blood; he that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations.
4 I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not.

(Jer. 6:19-21)
19 Hear, O earth: behold, I will bring evil upon this people, even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not hearkened unto my words, nor to my law, but rejected it.
20 To what purpose cometh there to me incense from Sheba, and the sweet cane from a far country? your burnt offerings are not acceptable, nor your sacrifices sweet unto me.
21 Therefore thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will lay stumblingblocks before this people, and the fathers and the sons together shall fall upon them; the neighbour and his friend shall perish.

(Jer. 7:17-26)
17 ¶ Seest thou not what they do in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem?
18 The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger.
19 Do they provoke me to anger? saith the LORD: do they not provoke themselves to the confusion of their own faces?
20 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, mine anger and my fury shall be poured out upon this place, upon man, and upon beast, and upon the trees of the field, and upon the fruit of the ground; and it shall burn, and shall not be quenched.
21 ¶ Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Put your burnt offerings unto your sacrifices, and eat flesh.
22 For I spake not unto your fathers, nor commanded them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices:
23 But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you.
24 But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward.
25 Since the day that your fathers came forth out of the land of Egypt unto this day I have even sent unto you all my servants the prophets, daily rising up early and sending them:
26 Yet they hearkened not unto me, nor inclined their ear, but hardened their neck: they did worse than their fathers.

(Jer. 14:12)
12 When they fast, I will not hear their cry; and when they offer burnt offering and an oblation, I will not accept them: but I will consume them by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence.

(Hosea 4:12,13)
12 ¶ My people ask counsel at their stocks, and their staff declareth unto them: for the spirit of whoredoms hath caused them to err, and they have gone a whoring from under their God.
13 They sacrifice upon the tops of the mountains, and burn incense upon the hills, under oaks and poplars and elms, because the shadow thereof is good: therefore your daughters shall commit whoredom, and your spouses shall commit adultery.

(Hosea 4:18,19)
18 Their drink is sour: they have committed whoredom continually: her rulers with shame do love, Give ye.
19 The wind hath bound her up in her wings, and they shall be ashamed because of their sacrifices.

(Hosea 6:4-7)
4 ¶ O Ephraim, what shall I do unto thee? O Judah, what shall I do unto thee? for your goodness is as a morning cloud, and as the early dew it goeth away.
5 Therefore have I hewed them by the prophets; I have slain them by the words of my mouth: and thy judgments are as the light that goeth forth.
6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.
7 But they like men have transgressed the covenant: there have they dealt treacherously against me.

(Hosea 8:11-14)
11 Because Ephraim hath made many altars to sin, altars shall be unto him to sin.
12 I have written to him the great things of my law, but they were counted as a strange thing.
13 They sacrifice flesh for the sacrifices of mine offerings, and eat it; but the LORD accepteth them not; now will he remember their iniquity, and visit their sins: they shall return to Egypt.
14 For Israel hath forgotten his Maker, and buildeth temples; and Judah hath multiplied fenced cities: but I will send a fire upon his cities, and it shall devour the palaces thereof.

(Hosea 9:1-9)
1 Rejoice not, O Israel, for joy, as other people: for thou hast gone a whoring from thy God, thou hast loved a reward upon every cornfloor.
2 The floor and the winepress shall not feed them, and the new wine shall fail in her.
3 They shall not dwell in the LORD’s land; but Ephraim shall return to Egypt, and they shall eat unclean things in Assyria.
4 They shall not offer wine offerings to the LORD, neither shall they be pleasing unto him: their sacrifices shall be unto them as the bread of mourners; all that eat thereof shall be polluted: for their bread for their soul shall not come into the house of the LORD.
5 What will ye do in the solemn day, and in the day of the feast of the LORD?
6 For, lo, they are gone because of destruction: Egypt shall gather them up, Memphis shall bury them: the pleasant places for their silver, nettles shall possess them: thorns shall be in their tabernacles.
7 The days of visitation are come, the days of recompence are come; Israel shall know it: the prophet is a fool, the spiritual man is mad, for the multitude of thine iniquity, and the great hatred.
8 The watchman of Ephraim was with my God: but the prophet is a snare of a fowler in all his ways, and hatred in the house of his God.
9 They have deeply corrupted themselves, as in the days of Gibeah: therefore he will remember their iniquity, he will visit their sins.

(Hosea 12:10,11)
10 I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes, by the ministry of the prophets.
11 Is there iniquity in Gilead? surely they are vanity: they sacrifice bullocks in Gilgal; yea, their altars are as heaps in the furrows of the fields.

(Hosea 13:2)
2 And now they sin more and more, and have made them molten images of their silver, and idols according to their own understanding, all of it the work of the
craftsmen: they say of them, Let the men that sacrifice kiss the calves.

(Amos 4:4-6)
4 ¶ Come to Beth-el, and transgress; at Gilgal multiply transgression; and bring your sacrifices every morning, and your tithes after three years:
5 And offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving [bread] with leaven, and proclaim and publish the free offerings: for this liketh you, O ye children of Israel, saith the Lord GOD.
6 ¶ And I also have given you cleanness of teeth in all your cities, and want of bread in all your places: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.

(Amos 5:21-27)
21 ¶ I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies.
22 Though ye offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept them: neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts.
23 Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols.
24 But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.
25 Have ye offered unto me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness forty years, O house of Israel?
26 But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun your images, the star of your god, which ye made to yourselves.
27 Therefore will I cause you to go into captivity beyond Damascus, saith the LORD, whose name is The God of hosts.

(Mal. 1:12-14)
12 ¶ But ye have profaned it, in that ye say, The table of the LORD is polluted; and the fruit thereof, even his meat, is contemptible.
13 Ye said also, Behold, what a weariness is it! and ye have snuffed at it, saith the LORD of hosts; and ye brought that which was torn, and the lame, and the sick; thus ye brought an offering: should I accept this of your hand? saith the LORD.
14 But cursed be the deceiver, which hath in his flock a male, and voweth, and sacrificeth unto the Lord a corrupt thing: for I am a great King, saith the LORD of hosts, and my name is dreadful among the heathen.

NEW TESTAMENT

(Matt. 9:13)
13 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

(Matt. 12:5-7)
5 Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless?
6 But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple.
7 But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.

(Mark 12:33)
33 And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.

(Acts 7:35-54)
35 This Moses whom they refused, saying, Who made thee a ruler and a judge? the same did God send to be a ruler and a deliverer by the hand of the angel which appeared to him in the bush.
36 He brought them out, after that he had shewed wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red sea, and in the wilderness forty years.
37 ¶ This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear.
38 This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us:
39 To whom our fathers would not obey, but thrust him from them, and in their hearts turned back again into Egypt,
40 Saying unto Aaron, Make us gods to go before us: for as for this Moses, which brought us out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.
41 And they made a calf in those days, and offered sacrifice unto the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands.
42 Then God turned, and gave them up to worship the host of heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets, O ye house of Israel, have ye offered to me slain beasts and sacrifices by the space of forty years in the wilderness?
43 Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan, figures which ye made to worship them: and I will carry you away beyond Babylon.
44 Our fathers had the tabernacle of witness in the wilderness, as he had appointed, speaking unto Moses, that he should make it according to the fashion that he had seen.
45 Which also our fathers that came after brought in with Jesus into the possession of the Gentiles, whom God drave out before the face of our fathers, unto the days of David;
46 Who found favour before God, and desired to find a tabernacle for the God of Jacob.
47 But Solomon built him an house.
48 Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet,
49 Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest?
50 Hath not my hand made all these things?
51 ¶ Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.
52 Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers:
53 Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it.
54 ¶ When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth.

(Rom. 12:1,2)
1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

(Heb. 7:27,28)
27 Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.
28 For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; 0but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for evermore.

(Heb. 10:1-11)
1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.
2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.
3 But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.
4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.
5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:
6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.
7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.
8 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;
9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.
10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:

(Heb. 13:8-16)
8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.
10 We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle.
11 For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp.
12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.
13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.
14 For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.
15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.
16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

(1 Pet. 2:5)
5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

BOOK OF MORMON

(Alma 34:10-17)
10 For it is expedient that there should be a great and last sacrifice; yea, not a sacrifice of man, neither of beast, neither of any manner of fowl; for it shall not be a human sacrifice; but it must be an infinite and eternal sacrifice.
11 Now there is not any man that can sacrifice his own blood which will atone for the sins of another. Now, if a man murdereth, behold will our law, which is just, take the life of his brother? I say unto you, Nay.
12 But the law requireth the life of him who hath murdered; therefore there can be nothing which is short of an infinite atonement which will suffice for the sins of the world.
13 Therefore, it is expedient that there should be a great and last sacrifice, and then shall there be, or it is expedient there should be, a stop to the shedding of blood; then shall the law of Moses be fulfilled; yea, it shall be all fulfilled, every jot and tittle, and none shall have passed away.
14 And behold, this is the whole meaning of the law, every whit pointing to that great and last sacrifice; and that great and last sacrifice will be the Son of God, yea, infinite and eternal.
15 And thus he shall bring salvation to all those who shall believe on his name; this being the intent of this last sacrifice, to bring about the bowels of mercy, which overpowereth justice, and bringeth about means unto men that they may have faith unto repentance.
16 And thus mercy can satisfy the demands of justice, and encircles them in the arms of safety, while he that exercises no faith unto repentance is exposed to the whole law of the demands of justice; therefore only unto him that has faith unto repentance is brought about the great and eternal plan of redemption.
17 Therefore may God grant unto you, my brethren, that ye may begin to exercise your faith unto repentance, that ye begin to call upon his holy name, that he would have mercy upon you;

(3 Ne. 9:19-22)
19 And ye shall offer up unto me no more the shedding of blood; yea, your sacrifices and your burnt offerings shall be done away, for I will accept none of your sacrifices and your burnt offerings.
20 And ye shall offer for a sacrifice unto me a broken heart and a contrite spirit. And whoso cometh unto me with a broken heart and a contrite spirit, him will I baptize with fire and with the Holy Ghost, even as the Lamanites, because of their faith in me at the time of their conversion, were baptized with fire and with the Holy Ghost, and they knew it not.
21 Behold, I have come unto the world to bring redemption unto the world, to save the world from sin.
22 Therefore, whoso repenteth and cometh unto me as a little child, him will I receive, for of such is the kingdom of God. Behold, for such I have laid down my life, and have taken it up again; therefore repent, and come unto me ye ends of the earth, and be saved.

D&C

(D&C 59:8)
8 Thou shalt offer a sacrifice unto the Lord thy God in righteousness, even that of a broken heart and a contrite spirit.

(D&C 64:23)
23 Behold, now it is called today until the coming of the Son of Man, and verily it is a day of sacrifice, and a day for the tithing of my people; for he that is tithed shall not be burned at his coming.

(D&C 84:31-34)
31 Therefore, as I said concerning the sons of Moses—for the sons of Moses and also the sons of Aaron shall offer an acceptable offering and sacrifice in the house of the Lord, which house shall be built unto the Lord in this generation, upon the consecrated spot as I have appointed—
32 And the sons of Moses and of Aaron shall be filled with the glory of the Lord, upon Mount Zion in the Lord’s house, whose sons are ye; and also many whom I have called and sent forth to build up my church.
33 For whoso is faithful unto the obtaining these two priesthoods of which I have spoken, and the magnifying their calling, are sanctified by the Spirit unto the renewing of their bodies.
34 They become the sons of Moses and of Aaron and the seed of Abraham, and the church and kingdom, and the elect of God.

(D&C 97:8-12)
8 Verily I say unto you, all among them who know their hearts are honest, and are broken, and their spirits contrite, and are willing to observe their covenants by sacrifice—yea, every sacrifice which I, the Lord, shall command—they are accepted of me.
9 For I, the Lord, will cause them to bring forth as a very fruitful tree which is planted in a goodly land, by a pure stream, that yieldeth much precious fruit.
10 Verily I say unto you, that it is my will that a house should be built unto me in the land of Zion, like unto the pattern which I have given you.
11 Yea, let it be built speedily, by the tithing of my people.
12 Behold, this is the tithing and the sacrifice which I, the Lord, require at their hands, that there may be a house built unto me for the salvation of Zion—

D&C 132:50)
50 Behold, I have seen your sacrifices, and will forgive all your sins; I have seen your sacrifices in obedience to that which I have told you. Go, therefore, and I make a way for your escape, as I accepted the offering of Abraham of his son Isaac. [- the sacrifice of raising a son in rightousness]

PEARL OF GREAT PRICE

(Moses 5:5-8)
5 And he gave unto them commandments, that they should worship the Lord their God, and should offer the firstlings of their flocks, [remember how the true offering is discribed in Exodus 22;29,30] for an offering unto the Lord. And Adam was obedient unto the commandments of the Lord.
6 And after many days an angel of the Lord appeared unto Adam, saying: Why dost thou offer sacrifices unto the Lord? And Adam said unto him: I know not, save the Lord commanded me.
7 And then the angel spake, saying: This thing is a similitude of the sacrifice of the Only Begotten of the Father, which is full of grace and truth.
8 Wherefore, thou shalt do all that thou doest in the name of the Son, and thou shalt repent and call upon God in the name of the Son forevermore.

The Word of Wisdom, Backwards Joyce Kinmont, July 2002

 

 The Word of Wisdom, Backwards

From behavior and moods to energy and relationships, all of life is tied to the health of our bodies.  The basic “care and feeding guide” for the human body is Doctrine & Covenants Section 89.  We are often so sure of what it says that when we read it we don’t see what is really there, so I suggest that new clarity might result from reading it from end to beginning, starting with verse 21, then verse 20, etc., pondering as you go.  Please do that first; don’t deny yourself your own connection to the Spirit.  Then if you are interested in my testimony and some quotes from LDS Church leaders, read on. 
                                                                                                    Joyce Kinmont, July 2002

Verse 21 promises that the destroying angel shall pass us by.  If he is not passing by the Saints — and he is not — why not?  (See D&C 130:20-21)  Six years ago I felt that angel hovering ever so close.  At that time a kind friend taught me to live the Word of Wisdom with exactness, and, thankfully, the destroyer moved on.  My desire is to bless my children by dying peacefully in my sleep in my old age.

Verse 20 promises that we will walk and run without fatigue.  I’m much better, but I have a long, long way to go!

Verse 19 promises us wisdom and great, even hidden treasures of knowledge.  I used to think that promise was available in the natural course of gospel living and was superfluous in Section 89.  I’ve since learned that this promise is true.

Verse 18 promises us health.  Are we healthy?  We do well on infant mortality and trauma treatment, the great killers of the past, but how about diseases connected to diet — diabetes, heart disease, cancer, auto-immune diseases, and a host of others?

Verse 17 tells us that all grain, especially wheat, is for man.  I partake daily.

Verse 16 tells us that the “fruit of the vine” is for man.  Assuming this to be a metaphor for fruits and vegetables, I partake daily.

Verse 15 tells us that we may eat animals in times of famine and excess hunger.  For me, that condition does not exist at this time.   I do not partake.

Verse 14 (See also Genesis 1:29-30) tells us that all grain, besides being for man, is ordained for the use of beasts, to be their staff of life.  Obviously not all beasts eat grain now, but apparently they will again.

Isaiah gives us these poetically phrased particulars about animal life during the Millennium,  “The wolf and the lamb shall feed together,” he says, “and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock.” Implicit in this pronouncement is the fact that man and all forms of life will be vegetarians in the coming day; the eating of meat will cease, because, for one thing, death as we know it ceases.      – Bruce R. McConkie, The Millennial Messiah, p. 658

That Millennial condition will come about not by pronouncement from the pulpit, but as men become more peaceful and more kind to animals.  I learned this from Brigham Young in Relief Society.  (See also JST Genesis 9:21, page 797 in the back of the Bible)

Let the people be holy, and the earth under their feet will be holy.  Let the people be holy, and filled with the Spirit of God, and every animal and creeping thing will be filled with peace; the soil of the earth will bring forth in its strength, and the fruits thereof will be meat for man.  The more purity that exists, the less is the strife; the more kind we are to our animals, the more will peace increase, and the savage nature of the brute creation vanish away. . . Let the whole people . . . be possessed of that spirit and here is the Millennium, and so will it spread over all the world.      – Teachings of Presidents of the Church, Brigham Young, p. 333

Verses 12-13 says we please the Lord when we eat animal flesh only in times of winter, or of cold, or famine.  Would we turn down an opportunity to please our Shepherd?

Hyrum explained the “famine” part:

And why to be used in time of famine?  Because all domesticated animals would naturally die, and might as well be made use of by man as not.      – Hyrum Smith, Times and Seasons, Vol. III., p. 799

Verse 11 tells us all vegetables and fruits, in season, are to be used with prudence and thanksgiving.

Verse 10 tells us that all wholesome plants are ordained for the constitution and nature of man.  I’m comforted to know that the Lord created food especially for my body’s constitution, and I trust that He put into it all the vitamins, minerals, proteins, etc. that my constitution requires.   As for my nature — I do want to protect my personal hormonal balance from being influenced by the hormones of animals.

Verses 5-9 tell us not to use stimulants.  Hot drinks are prohibited, and we’ve been told those drinks are tea and coffee.  Caffeine drinks are not mentioned, though President Hinckley told the whole world on the Larry King TV show that we don’t use them.  He also slipped the “c” word into a conference address last April.  We might avoid caffeine simply to support our Prophet. 

I personally choose not to drink the body fluids of animals, although this preference stems more from Verses 4 and 19.   I do not want to burden my body with milk designed for the constitution of a cow, nor do I want to partake of the viruses and bacteria or the added hormones, antibiotics, vaccines, and other toxins that come with the cheese and ice cream I used to love — and still wear around my middle, stuck to me like glue — which it is, casein being the main ingredient in glue, as attested to by the cow pictured on the bottle.

We are also told not to consume tobacco or alcohol.  Not mentioned, but worth considering, are street drugs and mind-altering prescription drugs (Ritalin, Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, etc.).  They all destroy health over time, most of them cut us off from the spirit, and we now know that most of the anti-depressants cause violent killings and many times more suicides than they prevent. (Never stop taking anti-depressants without help.) 

Verse 4 tells us that there are conspiring men in the last days.  I recognize them as the ones who sell us food and drugs that they know full well are harmful for our bodies.  Their advertising is persuasive and deceptive; they work for a clever, ruthless devil. 

Verse 3 tells us that the weakest of Saints can live by this commandment.  What, then, do we do to be among the strongest of Saints?  Perhaps we add a second meaning to the word sparingly: sparing the lives of the animals by allowing the “dumb animals to live.” 

Verse 2 says this scripture is the order and will of God for our temporal salvation in the last days.  I want to be saved.

I also want to live by Alma 32:13-15 which tells us to humble ourselves because of the word rather than waiting to be compelled by circumstances.  I indulged my cheese and ice cream addiction long after the spirit was telling me to stop; I hope you’ll be smarter than that!

Both D&C 49:21a and JST Genesis 9:11, p.797, tell me that when I eat animal flesh and have no need, the blood of each dead beast will be required at my hands.  It may be that animals get their revenge by passing disease to me.  Unlike plants, animal flesh and fluids are full of viruses and bacteria that are harmful to people.  The plagues of the last days may well be delivered by the animals.  Those plagues may already be here.

A quarter-century ago in a BYU Devotional President Ezra Taft Benson called for a generation that eats like Daniel:

To a great extent we are physically what we eat. Most of us are acquainted with some of the prohibitions, such as no tea, coffee, tobacco, or alcohol.  What needs additional emphasis are the positive aspects–the need for vegetables, fruits, and grains, particularly wheat. In most cases, the closer these can be, when eaten, to their natural state–without over refinement and processing–the healthier we will be. To a significant degree, we are an overfed and undernourished nation digging an early grave with our teeth, and lacking the energy that could be ours because we overindulge in junk foods. I am grateful to know that on the Brigham Young University campus you can get apples from vending machines, that you have in your student center a fine salad bar, and that you produce an excellent loaf of natural whole-grain bread. Keep it up and keep progressing in that direction. We need a generation of young people who, as Daniel, eat in a more healthy manner than to fare on the “king’s meat”–and whose countenances show it (see Daniel 1).      – Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, p. 476-7, from “In His Steps,” BYU Devotional 1979

And how did Daniel eat?

Now Daniel and his kinsmen had resolved to use a severe diet, and to abstain from those kinds of food which came from the king’s table, and     entirely to forbear to eat of all living creatures: so he came to Ashpenaz (and asked for) pulse and dates for their food, and anything else,     besides the flesh of living creatures, that he pleased, for that their inclinations were to that sort of food, and that they despised the other.     – Flavius Josephus

Today many people are feeling promptings of the Spirit to prepare for Zion in heart and body.  Here, in the words of those devoted, inseparable, prophetic brothers, is the vision:

When God first made man upon the earth, he was a different being entirely to what he now is; his body was strong, athletic, robust, and healthy; his days were prolonged upon the earth; he lived nearly one thousand years, his mind was vigorous and active, and his intellectual faculties clear and comprehensive, but he has become degenerated. . . . Man is not now that dignified, noble, majestic, honorable and mighty being that he was when he first proceeded from the hands of his Maker. . . . (the Lord) has appointed the word of wisdom as one of the engines to. . . .remove the beastly appetites, the murderous disposition and the vitiated taste of man; to restore his body to health, and vigour, promote peace between him and the brute creation . . . .” – Hyrum Smith, Times and Seasons, 6-1-1842, pp.799-800

By a proper observance of the Word of Wisdom, man may hope to regain what he has lost by transgression and live to the age of a tree, that as the sun’s rays in springtime gladden all nature and awaken life and hope, the Word of Wisdom given of God may remove the thorns and briers from our pathway and strew the same with joy and peace.  – Joseph Smith, Joseph Smith as a Prophet, Scrapbook of Mormon Literature, Vol 1, p.118

 © Joyce Kinmont 2002,

Latter Day Saint Home Education Assoc. & Home School Utah

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(Note – Motivation for our expanded view, search, research, writing and publishing 
on the Word of Wisdom as a needed benefit for all my home education families
and their children, as well as my own, was inspired – or provoked –
by my friend: Thomas L. Rodgers www.tomrodgers.org)

From the Prophets

Joseph Smith:  In pitching my tent we found three massasaguas, or prairie rattlesnakes, which the brethren were about to kill, but I said, “Let them alone–don’t hurt them! How will the serpent ever lose his venom, while the servants of God possess the same disposition, and continue to make war upon it? Men must become harmless, before the brute creation; and when men lose their vicious dispositions and cease to destroy the animal race, the lion and the lamb can dwell together, and the suckling child can play with the serpent in safety.” 

Brigham Young:   When men live to the age of a tree, their food will be fruit. 
     If the people were willing to receive the true knowledge from heaven in regard to their diet they would cease eating swine’s flesh.  I know this as well as Moses knew it. 

Apostle George Q. Cannon:  We are told that flesh of any kind is not suitable to man in the summer time, and ought to be eaten sparingly in the winter. 

Lorenzo Snow, 5th President:   thought the time was near at hand when the Latter-day Saints should be taught to refrain from meat eating and the shedding of animal blood.. 

Joseph F. Smith, 6th President:   I do not believe any man should kill animals or birds unless he “needs” them for food….Love of nature is akin to the love of God… 

Heber J. Grant, 7th President:  …during the years we have had a cafeteria in the Utah Hotel I have not, with the exception of not more than a dozen times, ordered meat of any kind…I have endeavored to live the Word of Wisdom and that, in my opinion, is one reason for my good health. 

George Albert Smith, 8th President:  In the summer he eats no meat, and even in the winter months he eats very little.
     Let me plead with you, search the Word of Wisdom prayerfully. Do not just read it, search it prayerfully. Discover what our Heavenly Father gave it for. He gave it to us with a promise of longer life and happiness, not if we fail to observe it, but if we observe it. 

Apostle John A. Widtsoe:. . . plants contain all of the necessary food substances:  proteins, fats, starches, and other carbohydrates, minerals and water [and vitamins].  The great Builder of the earth provided well for the physical needs of His children.  (Priesthood manual)

Joseph Fielding Smith, 10th President:  My husband doesn’t eat meat [but rather] lots of fruit and vegetables.  (Jessie Evans Smith)
     Small children do not need the flesh of animals. May I add also that adults would be far better if they would refrain from too much eating of meat. As far as I am concerned the eating of meat should be very sparingly. In fact, I will be contented if the Millennium was to be ushered in next week. When it is, we will learn that the eating of meat is not good for us. Why do we feel that we do not have a square meal unless it is based largely on meat?  Let the dumb animals live. They enjoy life as well as we do…Naturally, in times of famine the flesh of animals was perhaps a necessity, but in my judgment when the Millennium reaches us, we will live above the need of killing dumb innocent animals and eating them. If we will take this stand in my judgment, we may live longer. 

Harold B. Lee, 11th President:   The Lord’s word of wisdom . . . counsels the simple diet of fruits, grains and vegetables in season, with meats used sparingly, has been given you as a revelation of God’s great law of health. . . . If by faith in this great law, you refrain from the use of food and drink harmful to your bodies, you will not become a ready prey to scourges that shall sweep the land, as in the days of the people of Moses in Egypt, bringing death to every household that has not heeded the commandments of God.    – The Teachings of HBL, p. 205-6

Spencer W. Kimball, 12th President, sang: 
That the children may live long, 
And be beautiful and strong,
Tea and coffee and tobacco they despise,
Drink no liquor, and they eat
But a very little meat;
They are seeking to be great and good and wise.
      (Hymn #307, In Our Lovely Deseret, by Eliza R. Snow,wife of two Prophets, sister of a third)

I still don’t eat very much meat. 
    Gen. Conf., Priesthood Session, April & Oct 1978

Ezra Taft Benson, 13th President:  We need a generation of young people who, as Daniel, eat in a more healthy manner than to fare on the “kings meat”—and whose countenances show it.
     But what needs additional emphasis are the positive aspects…the need for vegetables, fruits, and grain, particularly wheat…We need a generation of people who eat in a healthier manner.
     In general, the more food we eat in its natural state and the less it is refined without additives, the healthier it will be for us. 

Gordon B. Hinckley, 15th President:  It proscribes alcohol and tobacco, tea and coffee, and emphasizes the use of fruit and grains.  This Word of Wisdom came to us from the God of Heaven, for our blessing.  I regret that we as a people do not observe it more faithfully.      –  Conference, October 1990
     I thank the Lord for a testimony of the Word of Wisdom. I wish we lived it more fully, but even though we do not, the Lord pours out his blessing on  those who try.  The promise is before us that if we will do so, we shall receive health in the navel and marrow in the bones and shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures, and shall run and not be weary and shall walk and not faint, and the destroying angel shall pass by us as the children of  Israel and not slay us. – Conference, October 1993

Elder Robert S. Wood of the Seventy:  Today many people manifest the desire for such a rescue in small and large ways: . . . the individual who, having abused his or her body through lack of exercise and violation of the Lord’s law of health, expects to be delivered, sometimes through priesthood administration, from the ravages of self-induced ill health. . . .       – Ensign, March 2002

Supportive Archaic Scriptures – Dead Sea Scroll / Nagamati / Psuedopygrapha etc

This verbatim scroll preserved by Mt. Carmel branch of the Essenes (Carmelites).

It was found in Tibet in first century. This text pre-dates the writings of the New Testament.

Confirming texts appear in the Dead Sea Scrolls discovered in 1947.

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This reference courtesy
R Cohen

“Verily I say unto you, for this end have

I come into the world: that I may put

away all blood offerings and the eating

of the flesh of the beasts and the birds

that are slain by men.

In the beginning the Creator gave to all
the fruits of the trees, and the seeds
and the herbs for food; but those who
loved themselves more than the Lord
or their fellows, corrupted their ways
and brought diseases into their bodies,
and filled the earth with lust and
violence.

Not by the shedding of innocent blood,
therefore, but by living a righteous life
shall you find peace.

Blessed are they who keep this Law, for
the Creator is manifest in all creatures
and all creatures live in the Creator.”

Gospel of the Nazarenes 75:9-14

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   …So what was it that the Lord broke and blessed and fed to the 5000? The Hebrew traditions have held that answer, but both we and they have failed to see?

   That “5” and “2” become “7”, is made plausible with understanding that the Hebrews’ sour dough breads (an art they learned as slave bakers to the Egyptians) came in two traditional forms: the round family loaf; and most important for our understanding the festive, more finely worked oblong and top scored loaf! with ovaled shape and fin-like vents cut in its top; it resembled a familiar form;
 hence was baked of old that special loaf of heavenly bread called the “Fish”!

…in the French language (of latin root) the expression “broiled” is used to mean toast!”

   Bro. Thomas L Rodgers   (Recorded immediately afterward: Wed Sep.22, 93 10:48pm)

 TomRodgers.org  http://www.tomrodgers.org/BroiledFish.htm

Jewish Royal Wedding— and Fish Loaves!

Sweetly, after this experience above, having been challenged and tested in its understanding and sustained in my own faith of it for more than a year; more joyous supportive evidence was provided (I believe, as if from the Heavens) of its truth. Exposed in humble news copy provided me Feb 8 1995, was the wondrous tradition and life blessing “Fish” of the ancient Israelites. What a comfort it was to know that I probably was not as fully delusional, as some had supposed, after all!

Jewish Royal Wedding – Bread ‘Fish’ (with my  notes to my friend and scholar of ancient writ)

tlr, 1/9/02

Fish Artifacts – w/ Bakers Molds

This document was enthusiastically  shared with me by Dr Hugh Nibley, after I had given him my “Broiled Fish” draft above, as he now realized the significant of the “Bakers Molds” included in collection of ancient Hebrew and early Christianity and Catholic artifacts, as presenting the symbolic “Fish” that he only could  curiously wondered about before.

Included in this Centuries old French Theological Encyclopedia (with Hebrew, Early Christian and Catholic) record of artifacts, is the early Christian and ancient Hebrew bakers molds (down the center) which include two two-piece brass molds and the older bakers stone mold at bottom, wherewith an old Hebrew baker could bake five “Fish” loaves at once for a wedding, Holy Feast, Consecration or special family event, as was required by original Mosaic Law

More photos, text translations, resources and reference to be provided as I have time to scan and upload — please return tlr 9-12-04

Jewish Royal Wedding – Bread Fish, (from Deseret News Feb 8-9, 1995)

  HASIDIM

Jewish ‘royal’ wedding entwines 2 dynasties

20,000 from Israeli Brooklyn families attend grand event in Holy Land

Associated Press
  BNEI BRAK. Israel – The tables were laden with loaves of bread it took two men to carry, and thousands of guests flew in from the United States for a wedding uniting Hasidic dynasties from Israel and New York.
   Israelis compared the union of of 17-year-old Hannah Erentser and 18-year-old Beazion Arieh Meislisch – attended by 20,000 people – to a royal wedding. “Wedding of the year,” said a headline Wednesday in the

Yedioth Abronoth daily newspaper.

   The wedding united the 20,000- member Vishnitz clan, one of Israel’s most influential Hasidic groups, and the 10,000-member Brooklyn-based Bobover dynasty, which originated in Romania and Hungary.

   Erentser, granddaughter of Rabbi Moshe Yehoshua Hager, spiritual leader of the Visbnitz dynasty, wore a pearl-beaded head piece and white dress as she took the marriage vows on Tuesday evening in the Vishnitz grand synagogue in Bnei Brak, a religious suburb of Tel Aviv.

   The groom, grandson of Rabbi Shlomo Halberstam, head of the

Bobover dynasty, wore a traditional black coat and fur-trimmed black hat.

   Thousands of Hasidic men stood in the rain in the streets around the synagogue during ceremony, many with plastic bags covering tleir black felt bats as protection against the downpour.

   After the exchange of vows, guests boarded buses for a recep tion at the Tel Aviv fairgrounds, where they filled four wedding halls. Men dined separately from women, in keeping with religious laws barring public interaction be tween the sexes.

  Long braided loaves of bread shaped like fish to mark the current Jewish month of Adar covered the groom’s table. Chocolate sculpted into horses and carriages decorated the womens’ halls.

   In keeping with traditions of the ultra-Orthodox banning court ships, the bride and groom met only three times before the wedding.

Original in: DESERET NEWS. WED. P.M./THUR. A.M.. FEB. 8-9, 1995

http://www.tomrodgers.org/JewishRoyalWeddingBreadFish.htm

Eat Meat Sparingly by Apostle Joseph F Merrill

This is an Archived Simple Text copy from Improvement Era May 1948

See Good Copy in LDS Info Bases or Gospel Link CD – if available to you.

Otherwise read text is below..Conference Reports:

General Conference, April 1948

“Eat Meat Sparingly”

Elder Joseph F. Merrill
Of the Council of the Twelve Apostles

Brethren and sisters, including radio listeners:
A year ago from this pulpit I spoke to the theme of Joseph Smith, the Prophet, indicating that, aside from Jesus Christ, I looked upon him as second in greatness to no other religious teacher that ever lived And judged by the same standard used in judging greatness in men—by his works- -as with Shakespeare, Washington, Lincoln, Einstein, etc. I still believe my view of him is correct and that he is the greatest man America ever produced. Hence I am convinced that he is deserving of a careful, thorough, and honest study by every person interested in his personal well-being. According to first-class evidence, Joseph Smith did actually, really see and hear the Father and the Son, two highly glorified beings, they seemed to him, in whose image man himself is made. If this is not a fact, he was the greatest religious fraud this world has ever seen. Between these two positions—prophet or fraud—there is no middle ground, or compromise This is a strong statement, I admit, but certainly a correct one. Which of thes two ‘positions is the right one? If the first one is right, then certainly Joseph Smith’s teachings should be studied by every human being qualified to study, for Joseph was God-taught and made available to the modern world the knowledge that every person must have, and by which he must live, if he would return from mortality to the celestial kingdom, the realm where God personally lives.

 LORD’S LAW OF HEALTH
With this brief introduction, I wish to talk for a few minutes on a phase of one of Joseph Smith’s revelations, commonly spoken of as the Lord’s Law of Health, or otherwise known as the Word of Wisdom.
But why the Word of Wisdom as a part of religion? someone may ask. In the language of the document itself the Word of Wisdom shows:
. . . forth the order and will of God in the temporal salvation of all saints in the last days—
And those:
. . . 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. (D. & C. 89:2, 18.)
And health is an important factor in the work of serving God and man.
The apostle Paul asked,
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. (One- Corinthians 3:16-17.)
Now, in order that health may be maintained, it is common knowledge that the laws of health must be observed. Scientists have long taught that law is universal throughout material realms. With this thought in mind the poet wrote of the “music of the spheres.” The Prophet Joseph Smith taught the universality of spiritual laws when he wrote:
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.)
All over the Church the belief is general that the Word of Wisdom is practically observed if the individual abstains from the use of tea, coffee, liquor, and tobacco. But a careful reading of the revelation shows this belief to be erroneous. There is much more to the document than abstention from the use of narcotics. Among the statements are these:
Every herb in the season thereof, and every fruit in the season thereof; all these to be used with prudence and thanksgiving.
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;
And it is pleasing unto me that they should not be used, only in times of winter, or of cold, or famine. (D. & C. 89:11-13.)

 IMPORTANCE OF BALANCED DIET
It is to flesh as an article in human diet that I wish to direct your attention. It is needless to confess that I am not an authority in the field of nutrition. So I hope you will tolerate my quoting freely from writings of men generally accepted as authorities. These authorities say that generally food has more to do with health than any other factor affecting health. But that food may do its most for our health we must have a balanced diet, made up. of five essential substances in the right proportions—these substances being proteins, fats, carbohydrates, minerals, and vitamins.

 QUOTATIONS FROM “HOW TO LIVE”
In How To Live, perhaps the most widely read and authoritative book in English for the layman on the subject of personal hygiene and published under the auspices of the Life Extension Institute, Inc., we find a great fund of reliable information given in simple language by the authors, Professor Irving Fisher of Yale University and Dr. Eugene Lyman Fisk, medical director of the Life Extension Institute, Inc. The book was first published in 1915 under the auspices of the board of directors of the institute, of which Judge William Howard Taft was chairman and writer of the forewords to the first and the fifteenth editions. My citations will be from the fifth printing of the eighteenth edition, 1929. (The most recent revised edition, the twenty-first, was written by Professor Fisher and Dr. Haven Emerson of Columbia University, but nothing here quoted is nullified by this edition. )
As just stated, the essential foods are proteins, fats, carbohydrates, minerals, and vitamins. Protein is the tissue-building constituent of foods. It is found in meat, eggs, fowls, milk, peas, beans, grains, especially wheat, most vegetables, fruits, etc. Lean meat and the white of eggs are particularly high in protein. The book, How To Live, page 42, says:
They consist entirely of protein and water; also most ordinary foods contain more or less protein.
And the book goes on to say:
. . . foods should be so selected as to give to the ration the right amount of protein, or repair- foods, on the one hand, and of fats and carbohydrates, or fuel-foods, on the other.
According to what are regarded as the best investigations, the right proportion of protein is generally about 10 percent of the total number of heat units consumed. This means 10 percent of the total nutriment, that is ten calories of protein out of every one hundred calories of food.
And further on the books says:
. . . a chief and common error of diet consists of using too much protein, two or more times too much.
And on page 47, we read:
At a meeting of the Inter-Allied Council of Physiologists during the World War I, it was decided that meat was not a physiological necessity—since the proteins of meat can be replaced by those contained in milk, cheese and eggs—as well as by the proteins of vegetable origin.
And why is too much protein injurious? On page 47, we read:
When protein is taken in great excess of the body’s need, as is usually the case in the diet of Americans, added work is given the liver and kidneys, the circulation is over-stimulated and the “factor of safety” of these organs is exceeded
And on page 68 is the following:
Before leaving the subject of intestinal poisoning, we may here again mention the importance of avoiding the poisoning that comes from too much protein
Now please give particular attention to the following, found on page 250:
Even the most ardent advocates of a meat diet cannot produce a scientific evidence to show that intestinal putrefaction to a high degree due to the presence of meat is in any way beneficial to the organism; hence, in seeking the best form of diet, meat as a source of protein may well be excluded and the requisite protein secured from milk, nuts, cereals, and vegetables. If in the average diet a pint of milk daily is substituted for whatever meat portions have theretofore been taken, there would be no danger of protein lack.
And on the following page is found:
We have quoted Hubner, one of the world’s foremost authorities in hygiene, as condemning the very popular idea that meat is very “strengthening.” Actual experiments on this point have shown exactly the opposite to be the case.
This statement will surprise most people. But the book continues:
Meat eating and a high-protein diet, instead of increasing one’s endurance, have been shown, like alcohol, actually to reduce it.
Then experiments conducted at Yale University by Professor Fisher are described, after which the book continues (page 252):
The experiments furnished a severe test of the claims of the flesh-abstainers. Two comparisons were planned: one between flesh-eating athletes and flesh-abstaining athletes, and the other between flesh-eating athletes and flesh-abstaining sedentary workers. The results would indicate that the users of low-protein and the nonflesh dietaries have far greater endurance than those who are accustomed to the ordinary American diet.
Now let me read to you a few words from the Word of Wisdom, given by the Prophet Joseph Smith to the world long before science knew any of the facts that I have just read to. you from How to Live, As a promise for observing the Word of Wisdom the revelation says:
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; . . .
And shall run and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint (D. & C. 89:18, 20.)
Do the Yale experiments and the statements read from How To Live confirm or discredit the teaching of the Word of Wisdom relative to the eating of meat? How do you account for the fact that Joseph Smith could give these truths to the world many years before science knew about them?

 “HEALTH AND EFFICIENCY”
Now I wish to quote from Health and Efficiency, a book written for schools by Professor M. V. O’Shea of the University of Wisconsin and Dr. J. H. Kellogg, superintendent of the Battle Creek Sanitarium, and published by the Macmillan Company in 1927. I believe anyone could read this little book on hygiene with a great deal of profit. From the chapter on “Food and Efficiency” I condense the following statements:
Proteins are body-building materials. They may also be used by the body as fuel, but this occurs only in case of necessity. When heat producing foods—fats and carbohydrates—are burned up proteins are used for fuel. So if the body does not need the protein for repairs it will use it, but it is a bad form of fuel, for it leaves behind what might be called clinkers. When fats and carbohydrates are consumed, they leave no “ashes.” With protein foods the story is quite different. These, when formed, yield substances that are not ready for elimination by the kidneys until they have been chemically changed by the liver. These products are poisonous and circulating through the body are present in excess in the blood of heavy meat eaters. The result is that the liver and kidneys are much overworked and thus wear out prematurely
Again:
Of the food eaten, a small portion remains behind in the intestine undigested. This is particularly true of protein food, the unused residue of which is usually much greater than that of the carbohydrates and fats. When more protein is eaten than needed some of it remains in the large intestine until it is discharged. The warmth of the body causes it to putrefy.
It is evident, then, that if one’s diet is such that a considerable amount of undigested meat is left to decay in the colon, harmful poisons will be absorbed in the blood and will do harm to the liver, kidneys, blood-vessels, and the other tissues.
Dr. Newburgh, a University of Michigan professor, as a result of his researches, has concluded that an excess of protein in the diet resulting from heavy meat eating, is one of the causes of the great increase in recent years of diseases of the kidneys, heart, and blood-vessels.
The foods to be used most sparingly are those which contain a great excess of protein, such as meat, eggs, cheese, and beans. On this account, there are many authorities who think that it would be safer to discard the use of meat altogether than to continue to use it so freely as many Americans are doing.
And then the book quotes Dr. McCollum of Johns Hopkins University, an eminent authority on nutrition as follows:
I have not the slightest hesitation in saying that a vegetarian diet, supplemented with fairly liberal amounts of milk is the most satisfactory type of diet a man can take.
Next, Professor Chittenden of Yale University is quoted:
With vegetables of all kinds and milk, bread, and butter, you have at your command all the necessary resources for a nutritious diet.
Then the book speaks about a bulletin by the United States Department of Agriculture in which we are told that
. . . meat may be omitted from the diet altogether, for it has been determined that all necessary protein and energy may be obtained from other materials.
As a final quotation from the book Health and Efficiency I give the following:
Energy can be gotten from food only after it has become part of a living cell. The excess protein is never assimilated: it never becomes an actual part of the body; it is burned to get rid of it, just as rubbish is. Even the heat produced is extra heat which the body does not need and so is carried off by an increase in the insensible perspiration. Under conditions of extreme exposure to cold the heat might be of service. On the other hand, in case of fever, and in hot weather, the heat excess induced by ton much protein may do great harm.

 MEATS TO BE USED SPARINGLY
Now I read again the words of the revelation to the Prophet:
. . . .they [meats] 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. (D. & C. 89:12-13.)
Latter-day Saints, why should you complain of the scarcity or high price of flesh foods? Have you not known that in any case you should eat them sparingly? The Lord told you so. I have quoted from some of the highest authorities in the world to the effect that they are not essential to your physical well-being. But Americans did not know this until God revealed it to them through his Prophet, Joseph Smith.
And now I sum up. Proteins are the building materials of the body, the needed amount of which is largely determined by age and the kind of physical activity: but for the average adult it is about 10 percent of food intake. More than this should be avoided. Meat is the richest source of proteins but sizable amounts are found in the excellent foods—eggs, milk, cheese, beans, nuts, wheat, and more or less in other cereals, vegetables, and fruits. Americans eat too much meat, a non-essential in human diet, because all the proteins needed are available in the other foods just named.
May the Lord help us to accept and live by every word he gives to us by the mouths of his holy prophets, I pray in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

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