The Lord has given us certain commandments for us to follow. God has placed these commandments in our lives because He loves us, and wants us to become like Him. Our Heavenly Father has only provided us with these commandments because He knows what is best for us. We are free to choose if we desire to follow and obey what God has asked us to do, or disregard what He has said. We, however, are not free to choose the consequences of our actions, whether they be good or bad. One of these commandments is called the Word of Wisdom, which explains what God expects from us from a health standpoint.
The Word of Wisdom came in response to the prophet Joseph Smith’s question about tobacco, which was being used by some of the early members of the church. You can read and study about this revelation in section 89 of the Doctrine and Covenants.
Our Heavenly Father wants us to take care of our bodies. He has asked us to not participate in taking harmful drugs because of the damaging effects they can have. Also, He has asked us to not drink alcohol or hot drinks, such as coffee or tea, for the same reason. God has asked us to maintain a healthy diet to sustain ourselves, and take care of the bodies he has blessed us with.
God did not give us these commandments to simply restrict us. Those who follow this counsel and keep the other commandments of God are promised that they will have “health in their navel and marrow to their bones,” “shall run and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint,” “shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures,” and “the destroying angel shall pass by them…and not slay them” (D&C 89:18-21).
The promises of the Word of Wisdom are considered both temporal and spiritual. The temporal promise is better health and the spiritual promise as a closer relationship to God. These promises reflect the concern and the danger these harmful substances present. They also reflect God’s concern with the condition of the physical body of every person. God has blessed us with bodies, and it is important for us to care for them and avoid harmful drugs.
On a personal level, I choose not to participate in drugs and alcohol not only because my Heavenly Father has asked me to, but because I know what those things can do to my mind. I have seen the way alcoholic drinks can change good and well meaning people into drunk, foolish people. It is so important for us to abstain from drugs, tobacco and alcohol so that we don’t develop harmful addictions.
God will surely bless us if we can follow His commandments. I know that God lives, and wants us to become like Him. By following His commandments, and the Word of Wisdom, we can show our love and willingness to follow Him.