The Word of Wisdom?

*A word to the wise*
"The Word of Wisdom is a revelation given by Joseph Smith on February 27, 1833, forbidding the use of hot drinks, alcoholic beverages and tobacco. Mormon writer John H. Stewart wrote concerning the Word of Wisdom that "not one can hold high office in the Church, on even the stake or ward level, nor participate in temple work, who is a known user of tea, coffee, liquor or tobacco... 'The prophet himself carefully observed the Word of Wisdom, and insisted upon its observance by other high men in High Church positions...' (Joseph Smith the Mormon Prophet, 1966, p.90). In spite of this statement by John J Stewart, the evidence shows that Joseph Smith did not keep the Word of Wisdom, and at times he would even advise others to disobey it. In a thesis written, at the Mormon-operated Brigham Young University, Gary Dean Guthrie gives the following information: "Joseph tested the Saints to make sure their testimonies were of his religion and not of him as a personal leader. Amasa Lyman, of the First presidency, related: 'Joseph Smith tried the faith of the Saints many times by his peculiarities. At one time, he had preached a powerful sermon on the Word of Wisdom, and immediately thereafter, he rode through of Nauvoo smoking a cigar. Some of the brethren were tried as was Abraham of old.' (Joseph Smith As As Administrator, Masters Thesis, Brigham Young University, May 1969, p161)...
...Joseph Smith admitted several times that he drank wine, and under the date June1, 1844, he stated that he had "a glass of beer at Moessers." (www.utlm.org/onlineboods/changech2.html)
The Word of Wisdom was not an important revelation for him to follow, only for the Saints who believed in their prophet. So, the next time a Mormon boasts about the Word of Wisdom:
Remember "It's not what goes into the mouth that defiles a man, but what comes out of it."

3 comments:

Weston Krogstadt March 1, 2009 at 11:22 AM  

If you have serious issues with the mormon religion, please visit my blog: mormonhatershow.blogspot.com

handmaiden March 1, 2009 at 4:28 PM  

Hello Weston,
Glad to see your still around. I know this might be a little hard for you, but my blog is all about love; love for truth in Christ Jesus. Truth is what I'm all about. God bless you for reading.
handmaiden

Kosh July 8, 2009 at 4:29 AM  

I just started reading some of your blog... seems rather interesting...

as to "It's not what goes into the mouth that defiles a man, but what comes out of it.":
I believe that what we take into our bodies is what ultimately makes up its structure, and also I believe in the old Greek saying "Mens sano in corpore sano" (Healthy spirit resides in a healthy body)... therefore keeping healthy body is important for keeping healthy thoughts and I think that's why the 'Word of Wisdom' is very important...

Handmaiden, glad to see that even you got disappointed in Mormons you still kept within you all the goodness and love, I think you have to thank your parents a great deal for becoming such a person! even though they (your father) probably made some mistakes in the attitude towards you.

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