Vonda Thorpe Commentary WoW
 LDS Vegetarian Authors: Vonda Thorpe
L.D.S. Vegetarians / Vegan Support - (LDS Health)
-Comments and Prophets’ Quotes -
by Vonda Thorpe
Some people have come to understand the Word of Wisdom as ‘moderation in all things’. This phrase or concept is not part of the Word of Wisdom nor part of God’s plan. God’s plan is a plan of excellence and we receive blessings commensurate to the level that we follow His instructions. God’s prophets have all urged us to live God’s laws on a higher level, including God’s laws pertaining to health …i.e., DC 89 - the Word of Wisdom.

God’s instructions to his children here on earth are given because he loves us so much. His is a house of order. Instructions given to us through his prophets do not change in different dispensations. They are eternal principles and are given to enhance our lives. He wants us to be happy and well and to have joy….eternally. Today, health care or assisted-living care is the fastest growing industry in America and is growing bigger at an aston-
ishing rate. Stress and violence increases, diseases ravage every age, race and economic level.  I began to study, in depth, the Word of Wisdom, the scriptures, and the prophets’ writings to find out the reason for society’s poor health so prevalent today. I came to realize that in studying the Word of Wisdom church members tend to concentrate on the ‘don’ts’ listed in the first verses rather than studying and coming to truly understand the beautiful and marvelous promises stated at the end of that revelation. If properly under-
stood most members  would endeavour to live it on a much higher level.

Pres. J. Reuben Clark, Jr. - “The Word of wisdom is not a rule of conduct; it is a law - the Lord’s law  - of health. It was promulgated by Him. The law existed before He told it to us; it would exist if the revelation were blotted from the book. The Church authorities have nothing to do with the law. God, speaking through the forces of the physical world, has prescribed it, and so long as those forces exist the law will remain.”

Genesis 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 the 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.
    And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.”

God gave us the Ten Commandments…plain, simple, direct and very emphatic. One that many people no longer seem to understand  and obey is “Thou shalt not kill.” To most  it means only to not kill people but God did not say that. He said, “Thou shalt not kill”!
He has never rescinded that commandment so it is still in effect. Prophets have told us in all ages and in many ways to heed this advice. We need to understand why.

To ‘kill’ something is to take away its life. Simple reason tells us that “dead” equates to “death”. Anything “living” denotes that it has “life”. Anything ”dead” denotes ‘no life in it’ and thus can only occupy space and/or be acted upon by something living. Something living can initiate actions and fulfill its measure of creation. Now ask yourself, “Which of the two, life or death, when taken into our  body, would promote good health and healing? Life, of course! It is just that simple! When our body’s immune system becomes overwhelmed by the amount of ‘death’ in our bodies and cannot rid our  system of it, then sickness, disease and suffering ensues for our body is overoaded with ‘death’, not ‘life’.

Any animal or dairy  product eaten is dead (presumably) whereas ‘fruits and vegetables, in the season thereof, (raw) are filled with life. Satan wants to destroy us and is doing so through what we take into our bodies. He is very successful for most people have not made the connection between eating animal products and their poor health.

God told Cain “…if thou doest not well sin lieth at thy door.”  To sin is to depart from Christ’s teachings to whatever degree. Thus we can sin through our ignorance or by being taught false doctrine or traditions that lead us astray. To sin under such circum-
stances is not the same as to intentionally do evil.

D&C 93:39-40  says to us today -
“And that wicked one cometh and taketh away light and truth, through disobedience, from the children of men, and because of the traditions of their fathers. But I have commanded you to bring up your children in light and truth.”
D&C 89 - God’s Law of Health - is simple, straight forward and its promises beautiful. When we do not heed the counsel of God’s prophets we do not receive the blessings he promises us and we tend to lead our children on our own mistaken paths (false traditions)
so our children are denied those wonderful blessings, too.
Romans 6:23  states, “For the wages of sin is death;but the gift of God is eternal life  through Jesus Christ, our Lord.”
1 Cor. 15:21 says,“For since by man  came death, by man came also  the resurrection
of the dead.”
1 Cor. 15:26 tells us, “The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.”

God’s laws are eternal - unchanging from beginning to end. He sent his son, Jesus Christ, to teach us how to heal, how to ‘doest well’, and to redeem us from death, literally, for
no one dies from good  health.
DC 89:21 contains this beautiful promise:  “And I, the Lord, give unto them (those who truly obey his health law) a promise, that the destroying angel shall pass by them, as the children of Israel, and not slay them.”

Consider these quotes from talks our prophets and leaders have given us over the years -

Bruce R. McConkie, Millenial Messiah, p. 658 -
“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.”

Ezra Taft Benson,-“Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson”, SLC Bookcraft, 1988,p.476-7.
“To a great extent we are physically what we eat… 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 over-indulge in junk foods…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.”
 Ezra Taft Benson: - “In His Footsteps, Ensign, 1988, p. 5.
“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. But what needs additional emphasis are the positive aspects… the need for vegetables, fruits, and grains, 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.”

(Daniel and friends lived on a pulse diet [Bible dictionary: …a diet of grains and seeds]. After just ten days on it they stood out above the others in every way…countenance,
intelligence, brilliance). The Word of Wisdom infers the same diet ‘…every herb in the season thereof, and every fruit in the season thereof.’  Verse 17 sums it up when He says “Nevertheless, wheat for man …”  Nevertheless means ‘regardless of what has already been said’, so that eliminates any question…wheat for man.  In the KJV bible diction-
ary, it defines meat or meat offering as an offering made of grain, etc. but that no meat is involved. Under ‘meat offering’ is meal offering.

Gordon B. Hinckley - 8 Oct.1993 Gen. Confer. Priesthood Session -
“It proscribes alcohol and tobacco, tea and coffee, and emphasizes the use of fruits 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.”

Hyrum Smith, Times and Seasons, - Vol. 3, p. 799 -
“Everything 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; … 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 Gilead - of 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 little wheels in God’s designs, to help to regulate the great machinery, which shall eventually revolutionalize 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.”

Brigham Young - Jrnl of Disc., Vol. 2, p. 269-71.
“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…”  (Note:Ether 8:19 -“…neither doth he will that man should shed blood,
but in all things hath forbidden it, from the beginning of man.”
Brigham Young - Jrnl of Disc., Vol. 2, p.
“If you observe faithfully the Word of Wisdom, you will have your dollar, your five dollars, your hundreds of 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 the form and constitution of man have vanished away before the blighting influences of inordinate appetite and love of this world.  Doubtless we are about the best looking people today upon this footstool, and about the healthiest; but where is the iron constitution, the marrow in the bone, the power in the loins, and the strength in the sinew and muscle of which the ancient fathers could boast? These have, in a great measure, passed away; they have decayed from generation to generation, until constitutional weakness and effeminacy are bequeathed to us through the irregularities and sins of our fathers. 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, but for the grave; not to live five, six, eight and nine hundred years, but to appear for a moment, as it were, and pass away.
    Now, when a person is fifty years of age he or she is considered an old man or an old woman; they begin to feel decrepit, and think they must feel old, appear old, and begin to die. Premature death is in the marrow of their bones, the seeds of early dissolution are sown in their bodies, they feel old at fifty, sixty, and seventy years, when they should feel like boys of fifteen, sixteen, and seventeen.  Instead of feeling decrepit at those years they should feel full of strength, vigor, and life, having attained to early maturity, prepared now to enter upon the duties of a long future life, and when two hundred years have been attained, they should then feel more vigorous than the healthiest of men do in this age at forty and fifty years…”
Brigham Young, Jrnl of Disc., Vol. 15, p. 193-5, Oct. 8, 1872 -
‘I refer to a revelation given in the year 1833, called the Word of Wisdom.  We fail to obey it today, and we shall fail tomorrow unless we make a short turn and determine in our own minds that we will obey it.  How many of us have disregarded that revelation, in every particular? It…shadows to me that a time will come in the midst of this people when a desolating scourge will pass through our ranks, and the destroying angel (death and misery) will be in our midst as he was in Egypt when he slew all the firstborn of the Egyptians. God says ‘The destroying angel shall pass by’ and shall not harm you if you will observe to do these things.  Now if we believe this revelation, and I take it for granted that we do, though I may choose to doubt it in my own case and some others, yet I assume that as a people we believe it; but what assurance have we that that angel will pass us by unless we do observe it? No more than the children of Israel would have had if they had failed to mark their doors and lintels with the blood of a lamb, as Moses had commanded them.  What effect would a failure to comply with this commandment have had on them? Would the Destroyer have passed by the firstborn of Israel? I know not; I think the firstborn of Israel would have been slain as well as the first born of Egypt.  That was a revelation given by the Lord to Moses for the salvation of Israel; the Word of Wisdom is a revelation given by the Lord to Joseph Smith for the salvation of this  people, and if we disobey we have no more assurance than Israel had that the destroying angel will pass through our ranks and leave us unscathed.”

Lorenzo Snow - Jrnl.Hist., 5 May 1893, p.2-3 and March 1897, p. 2.
“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 - “The Destruction of Life”, Juv.Instr.,1913 48:309 -
“I do not believe any man should kill animals or birds unless he ‘needs’  them for food …love of nature is akin to love of God…”
Joseph F. Smith -1915 - instructed church members to store a one year supply of wheat.
(implying that we should learn to use it and use it!)

Heber J. Grant - 1936 Conference Report -
“The Word of Wisdom would solve the economic problems not only of our country but of every other country if it were obeyed by the people of the world.”

Joseph Fielding Smith - “Is It a Sin to Kill Animals Wantonly?” - Improvement Era, Aug. 1961, p. 568 -
“My husband doesn’t eat meat (but rather) lots of fruit and vegetables.”

D&C 42:18-19 -
“And now, behold, I speak unto the church.   Thou shalt not kill: and he that kills shall not have forgiveness in this world, nor in the world to come.
And again,  I say, thou shalt not kill: but he that killeth shall die.” (How? Sickness.)
v.18 - “…And whoso forbiddeth to abstain from meats, that man should not eat the same, is not ordained of God.”
(The one ‘forbidding’ is the transgressor in not allowing others to not  eat meats if that is their choice. The one forbidding would take away one’s agency to choose for himself.) v.21- “And wo be unto man that sheddeth blood or wasteth flesh and hath no need.
D&C 59:6 -
“…thou shalt not steal; neither commit adultery, nor kill,  nor do anything like unto it.

JST, Gen. 9:11 -
“And surely, blood shall not be shed, only for meat to save your lives: and the blood of  every beast will I require at your hands.”

Prophet Joseph Smith, Jr., -  Quoted by Boyd K. Packer -
“I have tried …years to get the minds of the Saints prepared to receive the things of God; but we frequently see some of them, after suffering all they have for the work of God, will fly to pieces like glass as soon as anything comes that is contrary to their traditions: they cannot stand the fire at all.”
Joseph Smith, Jr. - “Doctrinal Hist. Of the Church” - Vol.2:71, 26 May 1834 -
This incident occurred in Zion’s Camp, marching 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.”

Isaiah 66:3-4 -
“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:
 “I will also 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.”

D & C 133:71-72 - Keep in mind that the D&C was given to and for us today.
V.71 -“Behold, and lo, there are none to deliver you; for ye obeyed not my voice when I called to you out of the heavens; ye believed not my servants, and when they were sent unto you ye received them not.
V.72 -“Wherefore, they sealed up the testimony and bound up the law, and ye were delivered over unto darkness.”

Consider now - have we ‘obeyed’ his word? have we believed his servants? have we received them or not?   We were given the Word of Wisdom with its marvelous instruct- ions and promises through the Prophet Joseph Smith in 1833. Pres. Joseph F. Smith, in 1915 instructed us to store wheat. Do we know how to use it in our diet?

President Spencer W. Kimball, in the 1970’s, instructed us to plant gardens and to not hunt and kill animals unless we needed the meat for food. Are we living from our gardens? Do we truly ‘need’ to kill animals to feed ourselves - no other food available?

We can realize some of the Prophet Joseph’s frustrations in his not being able to share with the church members  more of what he knew when we read the 5 Febr.1844 entry in his personal journal - .

“…evening with Hyrum and Sidney and the Twelve and their wives at John Taylor’s at 5pm at supper - very pleasant time - I prophesied at the table that five years would not roll round before this company would all be able to live without cooking.”
(L.D.S. Church Archives, SLC)

Most people have not made the connection between consuming animal products and their health problems. In this respect the very elect have been deceived and are paying such an enormous price. In D&C 89:13 God said, referring to using flesh “…and it pleaseth me  that they should not be used, only in time of winter, or of famine, or of cold.”
Ether 8:19: “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.”

In Book of Mormon times, Alma 46:40,  we read -
“And there were some who died with fevers, which at some seasons of  the year were very frequent in the land - but not so much so with fevers because of  the excellent qualities of the many plants and roots  which God had prepared  to remove the cause of diseases, to which men were subject by the nature of the climate.”
If God prepared cures for diseases in Book of Mormon times would not God have done it for his children of these latter days? This he did in 1833 - DC 89 -The Word of Wisdom.

1 Cor. 3:16 -17
“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.”    Destroy us?  How? By allowing us the choice of what we take into our bodies - life-giving foods [would have to be living] or empty-calories food [which would  be dead calories] or ‘destroying’ foods that cause sickness and death.
We can break the sickness cycle in our lives by living a higher level of God’s health laws. The restoration of  all things surely includes restoring God’s laws of health.

God’s promises in the Word of Wisdom are listed at the end. Are you receiving them?
v 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;
v.19 - And shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures,  v.20 - And shall run and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint.
v.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”

D&C 93:36 - “The glory of God is intelligence.” (But only if we exercise it to bring to pass the things of God in our lives.) (There are only two forces in the world today, or ever, whatever period of time from the beginning.
In the temple creation account Lucifer told Eve, I want you to partake, that you may know the difference between virtue and vice, good and evil, health and sickness, pleasure and pain, light and darkness. He presents two plans to Eve in that statement.

                         God’s plan               Lucifer’s plan
                             for us                        for  us

                                 Virtue               Vice
                                 Good                 Evil
                                 Health               Sickness
                                 Pleasure           Pain
                                 Light                Darkness

It is important to note which side each category falls on,  God’s plan or Lucifer’s.
2:Ne 2:25 - “…men are, that they might have joy.”  Thus, using our  ‘intelligence’, we see that God did not intend that his children be sick, helpless, or unhappy. No truly loving parent would do so but, instead, would teach and provide for our own children those things listed under God’s plan.

Gen. 4:7 -  “…and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at they door.” (To sin is to depart from Christ’s teachings to whatever degree, so we must study more deeply  the teachings of Christ and live them on a higher level to  ‘…doest well’ [to receive greater blessings] in any aspect of our lives - family relations, marriages, job, school, interests, in our health - whatever!)

D&C 130:18-19 - “Whatsoever principle of intelligence we attain unto in this life, it will rise with us in the resurrection.
And if a person gains more knowledge and intelligence in this life through his diligence and obedience than another, he will have so much the advantage in the world to come.” (‘world to come’ is simply our future!)

Isaiah 1:10-20  -  In v. 10-18 He emphatically condemns animal sacrifices, tells them that he does not require it, and that their hands are full of blood. Then He continues in
V. 19-20 - “If ye be willing and obedient ye shall eat the good of the land.
But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword, for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.”

Rev. 13:10 - “…he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword.”
(We kill by buying it and die from the consequences of eating it.)
There is so much to learn. We can do just that `…precept upon precept’ as we really begin to ponder and study Christ’s words and think them out.  Understanding and following God’s health laws yield great ‘hidden treasures of knowledge’ as promised. The results speak for themselves. We come to recognize that we do, literally, live and die by the sword. This helps us to understand why we need to be washed clean from the blood and sins of  the world.

Killing anything departs from Christ’s teachings. He said, “Love one another as I have loved you.” This includes our treatment of animals though we have departed from thinking in those terms. We pay the consequences when we unknowingly take  ‘death’ into our bodies instead of ‘life’. Truly realizing that ‘life heals’ and ‘death kills’, that if I eliminate ‘death’ in my body it has to be replaced with light [only two forces out there] has  changed my life.  With more light comes more inspiration because it enables us to see or discern more, to have greater understanding. There is an abundance of wonderful living foods  available to us that build good health.   D&C 89:11 - (…in the season thereof) Fresh, raw fruits and vegetables have more calcium iron, protein, per same size serving, than do animal foods.  Lucifer’s forces constantly try to put over falsehoods, to deceive us and destroy us. Convenience is so often Lucifer’s tool. There is so much nutritional research data available to us today that confirms this if we are willing to check it out for ourselves instead of relying on media, false traditions [family habits/teachings for generations] advertising or such.

A fresh, green salad every day is a very good start in the direction of sickness-free living. Juicing raw fruits and vegetables, learning to sprout wheat allows one to take life into our bodies. Wheat sprouts blend with most any recipe and is a very inexpensive way to improve health and healing to reap the promised blessings. Sprouting wheat and other seeds begins the enzymatic process and thus becomes many times more powerful and beneficial. People allergic to wheat can often tolerate it sprouted.

1 Nephi 3:7 - “…I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.”

God provided food for all of his creatures and, man, being his crowning creation, must surely have been provided for as well and has been. It is up to each of us to learn for ourselves how to overcome the ignorance and false traditions of the past, even though it may have been done most innocently. God loves each of us and intends for every one of us to be healthy and well, all our lives long, and our posterity, so that we might truly have joy. Of this I, and many, many others today bear witness.

Vonda  J. Thorpe
Kaysville, Utah
September 2002

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