- What hath God ordained for the constitution, nature, and use of man?
- What are to be used sparingly; only in winter, cold, or famine?
- What is the staff of life?
- These are to be used with prudence and thanksgiving?
- Which grain is singled out in D&C 89 as being good particularly for man?
- What hath God ordained for the constitution, nature, and use of man? Answer: v. 10: All herbs (plans or vegetables)
- What are to be used sparingly; only in winter, cold, or famine? Answer: v. 13 & 15: Meat, poultry, and wild game
- What is the staff of life? Answer: v. 14: All grain, not only for man but for all beasts and fowls
- These are to be used with prudence and thanksgiving. Answer: v. 11: Every herb (vegetable) and every fruit in their season.
- Which grain is singled out in D&C 89 as being good particularly for man? Answer: v. 17: Wheat
Walk and not faint:
Walking implies endurance. Whole grains and fruits and vegetables are the foods that give you long-lasting energy, as compared to sugars which spike your blood sugar level, and then drop it drastically. Some of the trace minerals and the vitamins also likely contribute to endurance.
The destroying angel shall pass them by:
The Word of Wisdom offers protection from many terminal physical diseases—or at least a greatly reduced risk. Which can you think of? (Diabetes, various cancers, heart failure…) (Quote 7) D&C 42:43-44 says that nourishing the sick with herbs and mild food precedes or complements the priesthood ordinance of administering to the sick. The Word of Wisdom is part of the miracle of healing. We won’t be spared forever, as death is a part of life. Only John the Beloved and the Three Nephites get that blessing. D&C 42:48 says that when we are appointed to death, it will come. But D&C 42:47 says death will be sweet if we die “in Christ.”
Also, the Word of Wisdom offers protection from spiritual death. How? Presence of the Spirit to guide you, through the gifts of wisdom and knowledge. Energy to serve tirelessly. A good physical housing for your spirit. (“The spirit and the body are the soul of man;” they are inseparably connected on this earth, and one can offer great support to the other. D&C 88:15) Gaining Self-Mastery over one area gives the skills of self-mastery to use in other areas, such as overcoming our sinful habits. Obedience.