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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Gospel Message Day 160

Lord's Law of Health

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!! I love the "irony" that comes with many of the topics I have drawn. But I believe the irony is just the Lord working through the Spirit. Because this topic is so apt for me right now!

Had a recent doctor visit, which is always a good step-back-and-evaluate-how-I'm-doing. At the same time, enrolling in my works Healthy Lifestyles came to my attention. I thought that would be a better way to keep me more on target with what I've been wanting to do and change. So to have this topic come out will be a good way for me to remind myself of what I need to work on.

Here is the scripture passage (found in Doctrine & Covenants, section 89) that contains the majority of the Law of Health:

Word of Wisdom, for the benefit of the council of high priests, assembled in Kirtland, and the church, and also the saints in Zion—
 To be sent greeting; not by commandment or constraint, but by revelation and the word of wisdom, showing forth the order and will of God in the temporal salvation of all saints in the last days—
 Given for a principle with promise, adapted to the capacity of the weakand the weakest of all saints, who are or can be called saints.
 Behold, verily, thus saith the Lord unto you: 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—
 That inasmuch as any man drinketh wine or strong drink among you, behold it is not good, neither meet in the sight of your Father, only in assembling yourselves together to offer up your sacraments before him.
 And, behold, this should be wine, yea, pure wine of the grape of the vine, of your own make.
 And, again, strong drinks are not for the belly, but for the washing of your bodies.
 And again, tobacco is not for the body, neither for the belly, and is not good for man, but is an herb for bruises and all sick cattle, to be used with judgment and skill.
 And again, hot drinks are not for the body or belly.
 10 And again, verily I say unto you, all wholesome herbs God hath ordained for the constitution, nature, and use of man—
 11 Every herb in the season thereof, and every fruit in the season thereof; all these to be used with prudence and thanksgiving.
 12 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;
 13 And it is pleasing unto me that they should not be used, only in times of winter, or of cold, or famine.
 14 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;
 15 And these hath God made for the use of man only in times of famine and excess of hunger.
 16 All grain is good for the food of man; as also the fruit of the vine; that which yieldeth fruit, whether in the ground or above the ground—
 17 Nevertheless, wheat for man, and corn for the ox, and oats for the horse, and rye 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.
 18 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;
 19 And shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures;
 20 And shall run and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint.
 21 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.

One of the biggest things I already know I need to work on is the sleeping part of the health law, which is found in Doctrine & Covenants 88:124:

Cease to be idle; cease to be unclean; cease to find fault one with another; cease to sleep longer than is needful; retire to thy bed early, that ye may not be weary; arise early, that your bodies and your minds may be invigorated.

I once was feeling bad about the amount of hours that I needed for sleep. But as I talked to a temple co-worker, she reminded me that the law said "cease to sleep longer than is needful." But with my sleep-related health problems, sometimes more than regular amounts of sleep is needful. The law also mentioned retiring to bed early and arising early. I haven't always been so good at that. So that is what I am determined to start with. Though each body is unique and some things are not universal (for example, the amount of sleep I need is not typical for the average adult), I believe that abiding by the basics of this law of health will still bring the benefit to all who strive to live it.

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