The Word of Wisdom is a health code included in the Doctrine and Covenants. The Word of Wisdom is most recognized for barring the use of alcohol, coffee, tea, and tobacco, but it also promises physical and spiritual blessings. The Church video “The Word of Wisdom: A Health Code” helps you understand more about this code of health.

The Prophet Joseph Smith received the Word of Wisdom by revelation in 1833. He included it in a collection of revelations called the Doctrine and Covenants, which Latter-day Saints view as scripture. The revelation came to Joseph Smith during a time of intense public debate about alcohol consumption and after his wife, Emma, became frustrated by the mess caused by frequent tobacco use in her home.

The Word of Wisdom is recognized by most as the reason why members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints do not drink alcohol, coffee, or tea or use tobacco. The Word of Wisdom encourages using common sense and avoiding addictive substances, in addition to focusing on healthful eating and moderation.

The Word of Wisdom is primarily a health code, but the benefits are not only physical. Spiritual blessings, wisdom, and greater happiness are all promised to those who obey it. Most importantly, obedience to the Word of Wisdom helps promote greater spiritual revelation.

Learn more about this health code in the Gospel Topic “Word of Wisdom.”

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