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Questioning the Comma in Verse 13 of the Word of Wisdom

Published with permission from the author, originally published by The Interpreter Foundation and MormonInterpreter.com A. Jane Birch Abstract: The 1921 edition of the Doctrine and Covenants included an additional comma, which was inserted after the word “used” in D&C 89:13: “And it is pleasing unto me that they should not be used, only in times of […]

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Lyman, Eliza Maria Partridge Smith, 1820-1885

Autobiography (1820-1885)Eliza Marie Partridge Smith Lyman, “Life and Journal of Eliza Marie Partridge (Smith) Lyman,” typescript, HBLL.LIFE AND JOURNAL OF ELIZA MARIE PARTRIDGE (SMITH) LYMANI was born in Painesville, Geauga County, Ohio. My parents’ names were Edward and Lydia Clisbee Partridge. At a very early age I was sent to school where I acquired a very […]

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Autobiography of Mary E. Lightner (1818-1913)

“Mary Elizabeth Rollins Lightner,” The Utah Genealogical and Historical Magazine 17 (July 1926):193-205, 250-AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MARY E. LIGHTNERI was born in the town of Lima, Livingston County, state of New York, April 9, 1818. My father, John D. Rollins, came from one of the New England States; I think it was Vermont. My mother, Keziah […]

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Sugar

A friend recently asked, “Have you come across any findings in health about sugar? I watched Fed Up and it was a little scary to see. Wondering if you’ve looked into it/already know a lot about it. I’m starting to feel negative things after avoiding it.” First of all, three cheers for being willing to […]

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RESOURCES: What resources should be included in our physical preparation?

Prophetic Statements First Presidency We continue to encourage members to store sufficient food, clothing, and, where possible, fuel for at least one year. We have not laid down an exact formula for what should be stored. However, we suggest that members concentrate on essential foods that sustain life, such as grains, legumes, cooking oil, powdered […]

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QUANTITY: How much should we store and for how long must we be prepared?

Prophetic Statements First Presidency We continue to encourage members to store sufficient food, clothing, and, where possible, fuel for at least one year. We have not laid down an exact formula for what should be stored. However, we suggest that members concentrate on essential foods that sustain life, such as grains, legumes, cooking oil, powdered […]

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SELF-SUSTAINING: Will the day come when we need to live off what we produce? Will we need to be self-sustaining?

Prophetic Statements First Presidency Our primary purpose was to set up, insofar as it might be possible, a system under which the curse of idleness would be done away with, the evils of a dole abolished, and independence, industry, thrift and self-respect be once more established amongst our people. The aim of the Church is […]

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25) POSTERITY: Does what we eat affect our future posterity?

Prophetic Statements Brigham Young If you observe faithfully the Word of Wisdom, you will have your dollar, your five dollars, your hundred 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 […]

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06) PRE-FALL CONDITIONS: Did the Fall introduce reproduction, blood, sin, pain and other mortal conditions? In addition to man, did the Fall affect plants, animals and the earth itself?

Questions Answered: Was there reproduction, blood, sin, pain and other mortal conditions on the earth before the Fall? In addition to man, did the Fall affect plants, animals and the earth itself? Why is the doctrine that Adam was the first flesh upon the earth critical when discussing the fall of man? Commentary The Bible […]

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11) Meat: Should we eat meat? If so, how often and when?

Prophetic Statements Hyrum Smith “Why is it that we are frequently so dull and languid? It is because we break the word of wisdom, disease preys upon our system, our understandings are darkened, and we do not comprehend the things of God; the devil takes advantage of us, and we fall into temptation. . . […]

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22) TEMPLE: Is what I eat important to the Lord?

Prophetic Statements Joseph Smith We came to this earth that we might have a body and present it pure before God in the celestial kingdom. The principle of happiness consists in having a body. The devil has no body, and herein is his punishment . . . All beings who have bodies have power over […]

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