Wednesday, April 20, 2016

D&C 89:16-17 -- On The Lord's Law of Health

"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—
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."
Doctrine and Covenants 89:16-17

This is part of the Word of Wisdom section of the D&C.  So many interesting things here, but I liked these verses because instead of restrictions, they are explaining some of the things that are good.  Grains and fruits are mentioned, and wheat is even mentioned as being specifically for us.  So, some things to think about.  I like this section because it says that it was adapted for the weakest among us (D&C 89:3), which gives hope to us all, that we can all be healthy, according to the Lord's law of health.

Of course, that doesn't mean that we don't have to do anything.  As with everything else, we have to work with the Lord on what is going to work in our specific circumstances.  (Not talking about exceptions to God's rules, but more health problems that might add restrictions or  limit our options.) We need to be prudent (verse 11), which is a pretty big one all by itself, since many of us don't make perfectly prudent choices about food.  We also have to be obedient, which means avoiding a lot of things like alcohol and tobacco, discussed earlier in the section.  But there are a lot of blessings promised if we can get it right, including running and not being weary and walking and not fainting.  I love those ideas.

Today, let's take some time to read through the Word of Wisdom and think about how we can apply it to our lives, or perhaps more fully apply it if we are already doing great. :)  Let's talk to God about becoming healthier and what steps that we as individuals can take to feel better and happier, and to be able to do more and serve more. :)

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