Taught by Holly S.
Our Heavenly Father gave us the Word of Wisdom to bless us with physical health and prepare us for eternal life.
Our bodies are a gift from our Heavenly Father. The human body is an amazing machine that we need to make sure we are taking care of. Heavenly Father gave us the Word of Wisdom as counsel and advice for the temporal salvation of our bodies and the preparation of our souls for eternal life.
It is fascinating that the Word of Wisdom was given to us during a time when there was little to no knowledge of nutrition or healthy diets. In the 1800's many people suffered from diseases caused by the lack of nutritious diets. The worst enemy of early settlers wasn't weather, travel, hardships or hostile indians---but Scurvy, a disease that could be cured by having Vitamin C in your diet and yet the doctors told people to quit eating fruits and vegetables. There should be no doubt that the Word of Wisdom came from the Lord. The Word of Wisdom was an island of truth in a sea of uncertainty.
We receive so many blessings when we obey the Word of Wisdom. Not only do we feel the physical benefits that come from observing the Word of Wisdom but spiritually we are blessed. Substances can control a person & hurt relationships and families. When we make good choices we are not only benefiting ourselves but we have a HUGE impact on our children, spouses, family, co-workers & friends and what choices they make. We can make a big difference by making healthy choices in our own lives.
by: John C. Lea
Shortly after joining the Church in England, I found employment in a painting firm run by two brothers skilled in the art of painting advertising designs on trucks, both had the dexterity with a brush that comes from years of experience. They were not religious men, but they were generous and believed in doing good whenever possible.
I felt inspiration of the Lord as I looked at him and answered: "George, suppose I came to you and asked you to lend me one of your very best brushes, and after I had used it for a period of time, I brought it back to you full of paint. I had not cared enough to clean it. What would you think of me?"
We are all a prized paintbrush, painting beauty to the world through our children, spouses, neighbors, family and friends. We need to make sure we are taking care of ourselves and keeping our paintbrushes beautiful and clean! We will be truly blessed if we follow our Heavenly Father's counsel and obey the Word of Wisdom.