What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Official Answer

Our body is a precious gift from God. To help keep our bodies and our minds healthy and strong, God gave a law of health to Joseph Smith in 1833. This law is known as the Word of Wisdom (see Doctrine and Covenants 89:1-21).

In addition to emphasizing the benefits of proper eating and physical and spiritual health, God has spoken against the use of:

  • Tobacco.
  • Alcohol.
  • Coffee and tea.
  • Illegal drugs.

God promises great physical and spiritual blessings to those who follow the Word of Wisdom. Today, the scientific community promotes some of the same principles that a loving God gave to Joseph Smith nearly two centuries ago.

  • The word of wisdom is the Lord's law of health. We abstain from drugs, tobacco, alcohol, coffee, and tea, and are encouraged to eat wholesome food and grains, and not eat excessive meat. I am asked all of the time by my fellow residents at the hospital why I don't drink coffee, and how I can stay awake all night on call without it. I don't consider it a sacrifice, though, and am as awake and perform as well as any. It is true that the body will be more healthy when following the word of wisdom, the but the main benefit is spiritual. The knowledge that you are in line with the the Lord's teaching is the most important thing. Show more

  • To me the Word of Wisdom is one of the most beautiful pieces of modern revelation. In it the Lord says, "In consequence of evils and designs which do and will exist in the hearts of conspiring men in the last days, I have warned you, and forewarn you, by giving unto you this word of wisdom by revelation- 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. 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 hunger." D&C 89:4, D&C 89:11-15. Show more

  • The Word of Wisdom is a commandment given by our loving Heavenly Father through Joseph Smith. It is a law of health. Because our body is a precious gift from God, we need to take good care of them. By keeping our bodies and our minds healthy and strong, we can enjoy great physical and spiritual blessings. The Word of Wisdom (Doctrine and Covenants 89:1-21), God commands us to stay away and not partake of Tabacco, Alcohol, Coffee and tea, and Illegal drugs. He wants us to eat healthy foods like fruits and vegetables. I know that we can experience a happier and healthier life as we follow the Word of Wisdom. We can also feel the guidance of the Holy Ghost as we strive to keep the commandments of God - as we follow the Word of Wisdom. Show more

  • As Mormons, we abide by a sort of living standard called the Word of Wisdom. The law was given to Joseph Smith in 1833 to help the early saints in the church be strong physically and mentally. In the Word of Wisdom, the importance of healthy eating and living is stressed, and God has instructed the avoidance of alcohol, tobacco, tea, coffee and any illegal drugs. This may seem excessive or unnecessary, but there are reasons to each substance's banning. We are instructed to live lives free from any sort of addiction, including the addiction daily coffee and daily tea bring. For obeying the Word of Wisdom with faith, we are promised many spiritual and physical blessings from God. Show more

  • The Word of Wisdom is a health code that was given to us by the Prophet Joseph Smith. He got it by revelation from God. It counsels us to avoid substances that could harm our body, and teaches us to seek after good and healthy things for our body. Following the Word of Wisdom keeps me free from addictions, keeps me happy and healthy, and the Lord promises us many more blessings by obeying this revelation. It tells us to avoid Tobacco, alcohol, coffee, tea, and other illegal drugs and addictive substances. It tells us to seek after grains, fruits, vegetables, and all of those things that are good for you! People have told me that drinking a glass of red wine is good for your body, I don't know if that is true, but even if it is, the blessings you will receive by keeping the commandment from God will far outweigh any health benefit from drinking wine! I am grateful for this counsel that we are given and the blessings it gives to me. It is amazing how much our Heavenly Father knows us and what is good for us in this life. Show more

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  • Healthy eating and avoiding certain things like coffee, tea, alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs, etc. Beyond that we are counseled to limit or avoid substances that hinder our freedom. Any addiction limits freedom of choice. We are here in this life to learn to make good choices, and the more we disobey God, the less freedom we have. Our bodies are a gift from God, and we should treat them as such. Show more

  • The Word of Wisdom is a revelation from God instructing us how to live healthier lives. Simply put, obedience to this instruction means a commitment to abstain from consuming tobacco, illegal drugs, alcohol, tea, and coffee. Show more

  • Years ago, long before there was much medical research or evidence, the Prophet Joseph Smith revealed guidance that encourages us to avoid alcohol, tobacco and illegal drugs while at the same time eating plenty of fruits and vegatables along with some meat. By doing so we have been promised heath and a closer relationship with the Lord. The longer I live, the more I can see the real "wisdom" in the Word of Wisdom. Show more

  • The Word of Wisdom is a health code that if we live by, we will be blessed. The Word of Wisdom advises of things that we should be doing, like exercising, getting plenty of sleep, and eating a variety of fruits and vegetables. As a warning against things which are harmful to our bodies, the Word of Wisdom also tells us that such things as smoking and drinking alcohol, coffee and tea are unwise. Show more

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