Word of Wisdom


The Word of Wisdom is a law of health revealed by the Lord for the physical and spiritual benefit of His children. On February 27, 1833, as recorded in section 89 of the Doctrine and Covenants, the Lord revealed which foods are good for us to eat and which substances are not good for the human body. He also promised health, protection, knowledge, and wisdom to those who obey the Word of Wisdom.

Additional Information

In the Word of Wisdom, the Lord revealed that the following substances are harmful:

Alcoholic drinks (see D&C 89:5-7).

Tobacco (see D&C 89:8).

Tea and coffee (see D&C 89:9; latter-day prophets have taught that the term “hot drinks,” as written in this verse, refers to tea and coffee).

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Additional Study Materials

  • "Observing the Word of Wisdom" Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Heber J. Grant, Chapter 21

  • "Living the Word of Wisdom" Teachings of Presidents of the Church: David O. McKay, Chapter 11

  • "Word of Wisdom" Encyclopedia of Mormonism

  • "Word of Wisdom" Guide to the Scriptures

  • Addiction Recovery Program LDS Family Services

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