245.2: Law of Health (D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 22)

The Word of Wisdom: “A Principle with Promise”

We are what we eat (Or even better in German, Man ist, was man isst). This proverb is quite literally true biologically, but also bears social truth–we are who we eat with. Food shapes us physically, spiritually, and socially. The Word of Wisdom is known as the “Lord’s law of health,” as well as creating social distinctions and emphasizing obedience. At the same time, too rarely do members consider the principles behind this requirement past the short list of “don’ts”. In this episode, we will discuss:

  • The role of the Word of Wisdom in contemporary Mormonism
  • The history of the Word of Wisdom
  • The underlying principles of wise stewardship of our bodies, spiritual and physical health, and agency
  • Addiction
  • Conspiracies. Not really kidding.
  • personal perspectives on living the Word of Wisdom–in other words, living well both physically and spiritually

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Student ReadingD& C 89D&C 88:124Daniel 1:81 Corinthians 3:16–171 Corinthians 6:19–20D&C 59:17–20

Additional Teacher ReadingD&C 49:19–2159:15–21Hebrews 12:1–3Exodus 12D&C 10:4Mosiah 4:27


Look forward to an amazing and potentially life changing conversation with Matt, Liz, Paul and Libby.

Continue the conversation by posting your questions and comments here, in the facebook group, or email me at MormonSundaySchool at gmail.


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Many thanks to Devin Roth for the beautiful bumper music. Check out his arrangement of hymns and other work at DevinRothMusic!

Thanks to James Estrada of Oak Street Audio for his timely and high quality post-production, and to Trent Oliphant for updating the episode.

Latest Comments

  1. Duck says:

    Love the German proverb, it made me laugh!! That is one I’ve not heard before.


  2. Emily says:

    Jared, in case you haven’t been told already, the podcast cuts off right as the discussion portion is beginning. The podcast is only 21 minutes long… Love the podcast and look forward to it each week! Thx!


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