The Word of Wisdom

Mormons are not
supposed to drink coffee
The new topic at LDS-Church-History is the Word of Wisdom. 

Some have suggested the Word of Wisdom has taken the place of polygamy as the common outward badge of identification for Latter-day Saints. With the abandonment of polygamy by the LDS church and the increased enforcement of the Word of Wisdom into the mid-20th century, members of the Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-day Saints are more likely to be identified as those who don't drink coffee, alcohol, or smoke.

Factors related to the Word of Wisdom include an evolving standard of compliance for church members  influenced by the prohibition movement.  Another important factor for the Word of Wisdom, was temperance movement in the early 19th century that caught the attention of the early saints, and could have served in part as a catalyst for the revelation.

The overall spirit of the Word of Wisdom is healthy living.  More specifically it suggests avoidance of habit-forming substances with a focus on healthy foods.  Latter-day Saints have enjoyed a greater measure of health by following these standards.

Items related to the Word of Wisdom are pulled from a database of church history built from a wide variety of sources. The goal of LDS-Church-History is to  to provide as complete of an understanding as means will permit.

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