The fact that God commands something that turns out to be good advice after much
"intense research" is not superfluous. It simply is evidence that God
knew best all along and that instead of trying to depend on our own meager
"wisdom" for understanding, we would spare ourselves a lot of pain and
heartache simply by doing what we know we are supposed to be doing the whole
time. Human beings however are very much like teenagers: they think they know
everything until their own judgement fails them, at which point they finally
become humble and realize that their Parents were right all along.
TomKat86:There is not a huge difference -- I think this is where you
have misunderstood D&C 89.Did you not know D&C 89 was given
precisely to help protect against "motivated self interested doctors"
and other kinds of conspiring men? D&C 89:4 gives the reason for the
revelation:" 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—"These
motivated self interested doctors, tobacco companies, etc, etc., can easily be
identified as "conspiring men" D&C 89 warned against. The
revelation/Joseph Smith were way ahead of their time, and thus the church as
well.P.S. We don't need to get knit picky about the church name
in this context. The Church was same organized church when both revelations were
given. I understand the church name came in D&C 115:4 on April 26, 1838.
D&C 89 was given February 27, 1833. The restoration of the gospel (including
the official name of the church name) came line upon line.
1.96 SD:There is a huge difference between some motivated
self-interest doctors and the church saying JS was way ahead of his time -before
anyone else since he had the power of god on his side - with the Words of Wisdom
and how it relates to tobacco.And as a bonus, you probably
shouldn't even call it "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints" when discussing JS and the WoW. The church was named "Church of
Christ" when JS wrote D&C 89.
Add to this the recent research on the "hook-up" culture now found among
most university student bodies. Those involved in this lifestyle have a much
harder time forming meaningful close relationships later in life when they
decide they want to settle down.Clearly, the trivialization of
intimate personal relationships has its detrimental consequences.
TomKat86:Don't forget the other half of your research. Google
"doctors recommend cigarette ads" and do the same as an image search.
This should give you enough evidence to know The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints was way ahead of the world when it came to tobacco and
smoking.Either way, I'll continue putting my faith in Christ
and the teachings of Christ's authorized spokesmen - the living prophets
and apostles.Joseph Smith was also a prophet of God!
I don't think you have done your research. "There were
plenty of adherents to the opposite camp, however, who maintainedthat chewing
tobacco was a vile, unhealthy practice. Indeed, many rulers during the 1600s and
1700s banned its use and promised severe punishment of anyone caught using it.
For example, in 1683 in China, anyone even possessing tobacco could be beheaded,
while France's Louis XV banned snuff from his court during 1723 to
1774." Google it.
Christians, and more specifically Mormons, do not have a monopoly on morality,
dating, or even parenting. This is a ridiculous spin on a study.
In the modern Christian world "Thou shalt not have a sexual relationship
before marriage" is changed in an instant to "Thou shalt have a sexual
relationship after marriage". It only makes sense that a few years of
learning how to build a relationship in other areas like social, emotional,
financial and spiritual might help this rapid transition from
"forbidden" to "required" by strengthening these other
relationships that are most helpful to a good marital bond.
We keep telling our son about the statistics, that it's not just a
"Mormon" good idea, but sound advice for anyone. Thank you for sharing!
Sound advice… and we should welcome any studies that point us in the
direction of long well-being, even ones that do not contain the superfluous
“because God commands it” add ons.
Things like this just keep coming out. Long ago the Prophet told us not to
drink or smoke. 100 years late everyone else figures out it's bad. I
wonder what else we the world will come to find out that we already know :)
That's kind of crazy. Time and experience proving out the counsel from
prophets of God. Weird.