Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Word Of Wisdom: Getting Rid of the Starbucks and the Cancer Sticks

So now that you're a Mormon, or are thinking about joining the church, you may remember the lessons the Missionaries taught you about the Word of Wisdom. The Word of Wisdom is a set of commandments from Heavenly Father that are for the benefit of our health . Therefore, we as Latter-Day saints should strive to follow them. In the Doctrine and Covenants it talks about abstaining from:

Alcohol
Hot drinks (Tea/Coffee)
Tobacco &
Illegal Drugs

Now, for me personally, my parents never drank coffee. They never smoked a cigarette, and they never drank an alcoholic drink. When I was growing up. If we drank pop it was always Sprite or Root beer. I don't think I've ever seen my Dad drink a Coca-Cola or a Pepsi. My Mom had a horrible Diet-Pepsi addiction when I was in elementary school and she hasn't touched the stuff for years now. So for me growing up, the only pop I had was sprite, Dr. Pepper (when I got to my teen years haha), Crush, Fresca (my fave!!) or caffeine-free diet coke.

 So Mormon, right?? And I wasn't even baptized! 

I tried coffee for a few years, and never could get into it! I will say I quite enjoy the frou-frou drinks at Starbucks though. And all of the Frappes I used to get were coffee free anyway!

I will say that I was a huge tea drinker. But yet again, it was herbal. So I guess what I'm trying to say is that I have never had a problem keeping the Word of Wisdom because I never had those things in my life growing up. Sure I may have had 2 sips (literally) of alcohol, and a puff of a cigarette. But of course this was WAY before even knowing about the Word of Wisdom, and even the LDS Church. Needless to say, clearly neither of those two things struck an interest in me.

 I have benefited immensely by following the Word of Wisdom. For starters, I don't have any of the health issues assorted with over use of these harmful materials. I just feel clean, inside and out. It's a good feeling to have.

For those of you who are struggling with Cigarette addictions or alcohol issues, I encourage you to talk to your Bishop. He can give you a blessing that could truly help and make a difference. They also have addiction counselling for anyone who needs it within your stake.

 I know a story of a young guy in my YSA Ward, who was an investigator. He smoked, but after hearing about the word of wisdom decided to quit. He thought it would be hard and prayed about it. The next day he went for a cigarette and immediately got a sick feeling in his stomach. Every time after that it seemed like the same thing would happen.

Our Heavenly Father wants to see us successfully follow His plan for our lives. With that being said, if He sees that we genuinely want to change He isn't going to hang us out to dry. All we need to do is ask Him and He will help us get through it.

The least you need to know:

1. Following the Word of Wisdom can help us Spiritually and Physically.

2. Seek help when you think you can't possibly follow the commandments. You can do it. Sometimes we need a little help!

3. Know that Starbucks (as well as caribou) has TONS of caffiene-free/ coffee free drinks. I really like the Caramel Apple Spice over ice. 

4. The Word of Wisdom is not just to keep us away from certain things, but it encourages us to partake of healthy foods as well. 


Honestly it's just glorified apple juice with whipped cream and caramel syrup added, but it is SO good. 
They even have a secret menu! Shhh!



Have any other drinks in mind?? Post then below and I may feature you in an upcoming post!!

Disclaimer 
The Church has no stance on Pop or Energy drinks containing caffeine. It's up to each individual person to decide whether or not to drink them based on their own convictions. Me personally, I know that Heavenly Father wants me to stay away from all those drinks. That doesn't mean I slip up and drink a rockstar sometimes if I'm working a morning shift and I got NO sleep the night before. But it IS unhealthy, which I know. :)





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