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“Joseph Smith as an Administrator,” Gary Dean Guthrie, Master’s Thesis, Brigham Young University, May 1969, p. 161 “Joseph tested the Saints to make sure their testimonies were of his religion and not of him as a personable leader Amasa Lyman, of the First Presidency, related:

‘Joseph Smith tried the faith of the Saints many times by his peculiarities. At one time, he had preached a powerful sermon on the Word of Wisdom, and immediately thereafter, he rode through the streets of Nauvoo smoking a cigar. Some of the brethren were tried as was Abraham of old.'”

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February 8 – No hot drinks qualifies you for heaven? “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath days;” Col. 2:16

 

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witnessing-tip-of-the-day-12617 February 8 – “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath days;” Col. 2:16

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Mormon Decisions 10History of the Church 2:482; “Action in Relation to the Word of Wisdom.Walnuts Resolved unanimously, that we will not fellowship any ordained member who will not, or does not, observe the Word of Wisdom according to its literal reading.” – May 28, 1837

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Mormon Decisions 10Joseph Smith as an Administrator,” Gary Dean Guthrie, Master’s Thesis, Brigham Young University, May 1969, p. 161; “Joseph tested theAmasa Lyman2 Saints to make sure their testimonies were of his religion and not of him as a personable leader Amasa Lyman, of the First Presidency, related:

‘Joseph Smith tried the faith of the Saints many times by his peculiarities. At one time, he had preached a powerful sermon on the Word of Wisdom, and immediately thereafter, he rode through the streets of Nauvoo smoking a cigar. Some of the brethren were tried as was Abraham of old.'”

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wine-History of the Church 2:35; “No official member in this Church is worthy to hold an office after having the word of wisdom properly taught him; and he, the official member, neglecting to comply with and obey it. The High Council of the Church then voted unanimously to accept this decision.” – February 20, 1834

History of the Church 2:482; “Action in Relation to the Word of Wisdom. Resolved unanimously, that we will not fellowship any ordained member who will not, or does not, observe the Word of Wisdom according to its literal reading.” – May 28, 1837

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Mormon Decisions 10Journal of Discourses 12:221, 223; “We are told, and very plainly too, that hot drinks—tea, coffee, chocolate, cocoa and all drinks of this kind are not good for man. We are also told that alcoholic drinks are not good, and that tobacco when either smoked or chewed is an evil.

We must prevent the use by them of every article that is hurtful or noxious in its nature. We must not permit them to drink liquor or hot drinks, or hot soups or to use tobacco or other articles that are injurious.” – George Q. Cannon, Salt Lake City, April 7, 1868

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Mormon Decisions 10Des Moines Daily News, October 16, 1886, p 20; “Some of the men were excessive chewers of the filthy weed, and their disgusting slobbering and spitting cause Mrs. [Emma] Smith… to make the ironical remark that ‘It would be a good thing if a revelation could be had declaring the use of tobacco a sin, and commanding its suppression’…. The matter was taken up and joked about, one of the brethren suggested that the revelation should also provide for a total abstinence from tea and coffee drinking, intending this as a counter dig at the sisters.” – David Whitmer

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LDS_baptismIn part 4 of my series I’m going to address the 5th question asked of new converts at their interview to be baptized into the Mormon Church. The question in its entirety goes as follows:

5. You have been taught that membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints includes living gospel standards. What do you understand of the following standards? Are you willing to obey them?

a. The law of chastity, which prohibits any sexual relationship outside the bonds of a legal marriage between a man and a woman.

b. The law of tithing.

c. The Word of Wisdom.

d. The Sabbath day, including partaking of the sacrament weekly and rendering service to fellow members.

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LDS_baptismDuring the next couple of weeks I’ll be presenting a short series on the six questions people are asked before they’re baptized into the Mormon faith.

As I read over the questions I wondered if people going through the interview process felt more like they were interviewing for a job than coming to faith in Jesus Christ. As you’ll see the questions are more about what the convert is committed to do, and what they believe about Church leaders than a testament of what Jesus has done in the life of the believer.

That’s what our conversation to Jesus should be about; it should be about what he did for us on the cross. We were once lowly, wretched sinners and He picked us up out of the muck and mire, washed our sins away with His blood and saved us.

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Don’t Eat Meat in Winter

Mormon Decisions 10D&C 89:12-13; “Yea, flesh also of beasts and of the fowls of the air, I, the Lord, have ordained for the use of man with thanksgiving; nevertheless they are to be used sparingly; 13 And it is pleasing unto me that they should not be used, only in times of winter, or of cold, or famine.”

Colossians 2:16; “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days.”

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Dietary Laws

Mormon Decisions 10Encyclopedia of Mormonism, pg 1584; “Word of Wisdom is the common title for a revelation that counsels Latter-day Saints on maintaining good health and is published as Doctrine and Covenants: section 89. The practice of abstaining from all forms of alcohol, tobacco, coffee, and tea, which may outwardly distinguish active Latter-day Saints more than any other practice, derives from this revelation.”

Mark 7:15; “There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man.”

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salt lake mormon temple 2D&C 89:2, 5-9, 21; “To be sent greeting; not by commandment or constraint, but by revelation and the word of wisdom, showing forth the order and will of God in the temporal salvation of all saints in the last days—

5 That inasmuch as any man drinketh wine or strong drink among you, behold it is not good, neither meet in the sight of your Father, only in assembling yourselves together to offer up your sacraments before him.

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Word of Wisdom

Mormon Decisions 10D&C 87:7; “And, again, strong drinks are not for the belly, but for the washing of your bodies.”

1 Timothy 5:23; “Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach’s sake and thine often infirmities.”

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Polygamy and Mormon Church Leaders 7

Heber Jeddy Grant 1856 – 1945

Heber Grant was a busy guy during his tenure as the seventh president/prophet of the Mormon Church.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heber_J._Grant

http://www.ldsces.org/inst_manuals/pres-sm/pres-ch-07-09.htm

Grant is the reason obeying the Word of Wisdom is mandatory to get into the temple.

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