Today in Elders Quorum we had the Word of Wisdom lesson. I was secretly hoping the teacher’s first words would be, “Today we’re going to talk about the Word of Wisdom, but we are not going to say a thing about alcohol, tobacco, coffee and tea.” Alas, it was not to be. The first 30 minutes were taken up by stories about how smoking is addictive, alcoholics are bad, there are studies that say coffee shortens life by 3 months… blah, blah, blah. Okay, fine, those things are true. Of course we’re going to latch on to studies and stories about how the Lord knew all along, that those substances are bad for us, etc. Funny how we don’t say much of those who drink in moderation and never have any problems whatsoever. (I had to step out for a moment and from what I gather this last point was brought up in class and sparked an interesting back-and-forth, which I regret missing)
We then read the following verse (D&C 89:4):
“Behold, verily, thus saith the Lord unto you: In consequence of evils and designs which do and will exist in the hearts of conspiring men in the last days, I have warned you, and forewarn you, by giving unto you this word of wisdom by revelation—”
The wording on this is interesting. It says, “In consequence of…” in other words, “what follows is the REASON I’m giving the Word of Wisdom…” What are those words? Because of the evils and designs which do and will exist in the hearts of conspiring men. He doesn’t say, “because of all the health benefits…” or “because of tanic acid/caffeine…” or “because second-hand smoke…” He said it was because of the conspiring men.
So anyway, the teacher asked the class what this might refer to and someone suggested the tobacco industry, that it was a conspiracy how they deceived the population about tobacco’s health risks. I agree with this. I personally believe that this is part of what this verse is talking about.
But in my “annoyed that we always talk about the don’ts of the WofW and never the do’s” mind frame I tried to apply this scripture to the do’s of the WofW. And for some reason it seemed to make just as much sense, if not more. There are conspiring men in the beef industry, there are conspiring men in the grain industry, there are conspiring men in the fast food industry, there are conspiring men in the sugar/high fructose corn syrup industry. The whole idea of artificial/natural flavoring smacks of conspiracy to me. (Do a quick Google search on any of these industries and you’ll quickly see the overwhelming power and influence they have to determine what we eat and how little we know about it).
Is this a conspiracy though? Am I seeing connections where there aren’t any? What say ye?