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  1. WoW report  rough draft  2021 06 13

    This document explains the Word of Wisdom as requested in an interview question.[1]

    Joseph Smith announced a revelation February 27, 1833. It is a health code and adopted by several churches. In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it is published in Doctrine and Covenants, Section 89, called the Word of Wisdom.[2]

    A definition is what the author intends it to be. Another definition is what the reader interprets it to be. A definition[4] of Word of Wisdom might be Section 89 alone. Another definition might be Section 89 with exterior influences such as interpretation for strong drink and hot drink and is binding on members. Another definition might be the above with the addition of harmful drugs. The definition has changed through time, apostle, place.

    Here is a definition from a current official source[3]. If a definition must be chosen, this is the best one. Word of Wisdom means Doctrine and Covenants 89. Prophets have clarified strong drinks (alcohol), and hot drinks (tea and coffee).

    Verse 2 says "not by commandment or constraint". Historically that wording led to debates. And it still does today. Some arguments are easy to understand but it is not the intent of this document to choose a side. If a side must be chosen, then the best interpretation or reason of verse 2 is to mean that people can not be expected to abruptly break a drug addiction.

    Herbal tea and decaffeinated coffee are literally disallowed[verse 9], but may be allowed[verse 10, 11] if the intent or spirit of the text is considered. In this case the only tea that is disallowed is Camellia sinensis.

    [1]https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/october-2019-general-conference-temple-recommend
    Church Updates Temple Recommend Interview Questions
    11. Do you understand and obey the Word of Wisdom?

    [2]https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Word_of_Wisdom&oldid=1018155866

    [3]https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/general-handbook/38-church-policies-and-guidelines?lang=eng#title_number131
    "38. Church Policies and Guidelines," General Handbook: Serving in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (2020).
    38.7.14  Word of Wisdom and Healthy Practices

    [4]https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/definition  noun
    3a : the action or the power of describing, explaining, or making definite and clear

  2. To Calm.  You asked Is the Word of Wisdom something you are planning to commit to in the future or you wish to be more conscious about your current commitment?

    Now that you ask, I think my answer is yes to both. But the reason I started this thread is to learn some things for a report I was writiing. I am done.  It is rough but I think it fills it's purpose. It is one page pdf text. Would you like me to post it here or upload it somewhere? I would like other people to make an improved version of it.

  3. My purpose here is to learn enough so I can answer yes to the question Do you understand the Word of Wisdom. But as you can see in this forum, the WoW is debatable. If I understand some arguments, does that mean I understand WoW and do not have to pick a side? I have attempted to find current official sources. I found section 89, and the general handbook.

    Here is a definition as I understand it from the general handbook. Word of Wisdom means Doctrine and Covenants 89. Prophets have clarified strong drinks (alcohol), and hot drinks (tea and coffee).

  4. And the debate continues now in this forum. So I conclude there is no official status.
    I simply wish to understand the WoW, not pick a side. However an official side would be nice to know. Reading your arguments give me a better understanding. Thank you.

  5. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Doctrine and Covenants, section 89 (Word of Wisdom), verse 2 says "not by commandment or constraint".

    From the beginning, That wording led to debates. Brigham Young called for a sustaining vote to observe the revelation at the Sept. 9, 1851 General Conference. I understand the delay was to give people a chance to adapt.

    What is the official status now? It says it is not a commandment. Brigham Young says it is something that is observed. LDS church says it is something that should be obeyed. Maybe it is a guideline? It is easier for me to obey something if I know what it is.

  6. Thank you Calm. You gave me exactly what I was looking for, an official definition from LDS church. I did not know it existed. Although my question is now answered, I still invite people to post to this thread if there is more to say. It looks like Definition 2 in the top post most closley matches the official definition.

  7. Thank you for your reply. It reinforces some things in the first post, but I am still confused. I now rephrase the question. If someone asks if I live the word of wisdom, should I answer yes or no? Exactly what are they asking? What does an apostle, profit, and non-member mean when they ask the question? The church officialy phrases the question for bishops to ask. What does the church mean? The church also asks if I understand the wow. Well, if they can not define it, then I do not understand it.

  8. INTRODUCTION. Joseph Smith announced a revelation February 27, 1833. It is a health code and adopted by several churches. In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it is published in Doctrine and Covenants, Section 89, called the 'Word of Wisdom'.

    The definition of 'Word of Wisdom' seems to be fluid and this confuses me. Here are some loose definitions I made.

    Definition 1: 'Section 89' alone.

    Definition 2: 'Section 89' with exterior influences such as interpretation for 'strong drink' and 'hot drink' and is binding on members.

    Definition 3: Definition 2 with the addition of harmful drugs.

    Logic 1: If 'Word of Wisdom' and 'Section 89' are interchangable, then Definition 1 is correct.

    Logic 2: If 'Word of Wisdom' is binding on members, then Definition 2 is correct.

    Of course, one definition is the intent of the author. Another definition is the interpretation of the reader. So if you are an author or reader, please tell me your definition. If you are reading this post, then you are a reader.

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