The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Physical Health

"I have lived long enough now to witness the demise of classmates and colleagues who unwisely chose to disobey the Word of Wisdom (see D&C 89) and other divine counsel regarding the care of their bodies. I promise that as you keep the commandments of your Heavenly Creator and follow instructions that He has decreed for your benefit, you will be blessed now, in this life, and forevermore." — Russell M. Nelson, "Standards of the Lord's Standard-Bearers," "Ensign," Aug. 1991, p. 10

"Of course our bodies are wearing down. That is part of life. But I believe we have a duty to maintain our health the best we can through proper exercise, a healthy diet, daily care of our bodies. I hope to emulate Elder Joseph Anderson, who was still swimming at one hundred and walking daily until his death; or my uncle, Milt Backman, who is still playing racquetball at ninety-four." — Robert L. Backman, "The Golden Years," "Ensign," Nov. 1992, p. 13

"The physical blessings of health and strength that are promised through obedience to the Word of Wisdom are now well-known and well documented. In addition, the spiritual blessings of 'wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures,' come to those who keep their bodies free from addictive substances. When we obey the Word of Wisdom, windows of personal revelation are opened to us and our souls are filled with divine light and truth. If we keep our bodies undefiled, the Holy Ghost 'shall come upon [us] and... dwell in [our] heart[s]' and teach us 'the peaceable things of immortal glory.'" — Joseph B. Wirthlin, "Windows of Light and Truth," "Ensign," Nov. 1995, p. 76

"Our great physical powers require us to take good care of our bodies. At the very least we should obey the Word of Wisdom, eat properly, sleep and exercise regularly, and abstain from taking anything into our bodies which will destroy their powers, for we will be held accountable for them as we strive to be what we are really meant to become." — Barbara B. Smith, "The Powers within Us," "Ensign," Feb. 1983, p. 59

"There is a close relationship between physical health and spiritual development.... When one's physical health is impaired by disobedience to God's eternal laws, spiritual development will also suffer." — Delbert L. Stapley, "Conference Report," Oct. 1967, p. 74

"I have pondered long and hard about the feeding of our inner self, of the 'one thing needful' amidst too many troublesome things. It is no coincidence that we speak of feeding the spirit, just as we would speak of feeding the body. We need constant nourishment for both. The root word hale (as in 'hale and hearty') is the common root to words like whole, health, heal, and holy. President Ezra Taft Benson recently said, 'There is no question that the health of the body affects the spirit, or the Lord would never have revealed the Word of Wisdom. God has never given any temporal commandmentsand that which affects our stature affects our soul.' We need so much for body, mind, and spirit to unite in one healthy, stable soul." - Jeffrey R. Holland and Patricia T. Holland, "On Earth As It Is in Heaven," p.87

“The restored gospel teaches that there is an intimate link between body, mind, and spirit. In the Word of Wisdom, for example, the spiritual and physical are intertwined. When we follow the Lord's law of health for our bodies, we are also promised wisdom to our spirits and knowledge to our minds (see D&C 89:19-21). The spiritual and physical truly are linked.” - Susan W. Tanner, “The Sanctity of the Body,” (CR) October 2005

When armies are formed, battles are generally fought on vast battlefields. But this battle for souls is quite different. The conflict goes on each day in individual lives and pits the Lord’s troops against Satan’s forces of greed, selfishness, and lust.

The muscular young men of Helaman’s 2,060 stripling warriors, shoulder to shoulder, imply the need for great physical strength to join their ranks. But there is room for every stout-hearted soul in this endeavor. - Robert C. Oaks, "Who's on the Lord's Side? Who?" Ensign (CR) May 2005

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