This article on Mormonism was written by Rebecca. It is one of a series of informational posts about the LDS Church. –Admin
Members of the Mormon Church are taught that bodies are gifts from God and that keeping them healthy and pure is an important part of being able to progress spiritually. God gave guidelines to the Prophet Joseph Smith to help us take care of our bodies. This is most often referred to in the Church as the Word of Wisdom. It was given to Joseph Smith in 1833 when Joseph was concerned about using chewing tobacco. He asked the Lord and received a revelation now found in Doctrine and Covenants section 89.
The guidelines given in the Word of Wisdom in regards to food and drink are that members should not have “strong drinks,” which means liquor, “hot drinks,” which Hyrum Smith further clarified, meant tea and coffee. In the area of food the revelation taught that fruit and wholesome herbs were given to man and should be eaten in their season. Meat should be eaten sparingly, and grain is the staff of life and good to eat. God also gave revelation to Joseph Smith about tobacco, since this was the original item in question. In the revelation Joseph was taught that tobacco is not meant for man to use. At the time, the effects of tobacco were unknown but now it is obvious that tobacco is harmful. Modern prophets have also included drugs and addictive substances as things that should be avoided. The word of wisdom also guides members to exercise regularly, and get enough sleep. By doing these things God promised that the people would be healthy, have control over their bodies and minds, and be able to have the Holy Ghost with them.
Sexual Purity is also an important part of following God’s commands and gaining peace and happiness in this life. In a proclamation issued by the First Presidency of the Mormon Church, it states, “The sacred powers of procreation are to be employed only between man and woman, lawfully wedded as husband and wife.” (The Family: A Proclamation to the World). This is most often referred to as the law of chastity. This law helps a person have self-respect, increases the love in a marriage, and protects the family. A sexual sin is considered very serious by God, because it destroys the sanctity of the gift of creating life.