Word of Wisdom

Bringing Peace to Dietary and Other Discords

Jun 2, 2019
6 min read

One of my go-to apps is the Bible app by YouVersion which offers a myriad of different Bible translations. Among my favorites for personal reading are the NASB, NIV, and the CEV for kids. Today I came across another version…

I Avoid Eating Meat, but I’m Not a Vegan or Vegetarian

Oct 24, 2017
6 min read

I could have subtitled this post “and other ways I frustrate the people around me.” Haha, but seriously… If you have ever been around me, you may have observed that I avoid eating meat or hunting (even though I was…

Statements on Animal Life From LDS Leaders and Publications

Jul 9, 2017
34 min read

The following is a master list of references that I have collected over the years that I will continue to expand to as necessary. Several years ago I wrote a blog post on the Word of Wisdom that was the result…

Read Jane Birch’s Phenomenal Word of Wisdom Series at Meridian Magazine

Nov 13, 2016
1 min read

I have heaps of respect for Jane Birch and all of the research she has done on the Word of Wisdom. Having corresponded with her by email on several occasions and reading her essays, I’ve been more and more impressed with what…

Lessons Learned From (Almost) Five Years on a Plant-based Diet

Sep 4, 2016
11 min read

Back in 2011, I wrote a post about the Word of Wisdom. I had some things that were bothering me personally and decided to face them head on. I did a lot of study and research combined with soul-searching and…

Taking Life

Aug 26, 2016
10 min read

I wrote most of this back in 2014 but haven’t published it until now. In fact there was a lot more history before and after this but I feel like this one experience was a big turning point for me. Few…

Say Cheese! Wait, On Second Thought…

Oct 22, 2015
0 min read

I wrote about this back in 2011. They’ve known cheese contains high concentrations of opiates (casomorphins) for a long time. Ever wonder why fast foods always have so much cheese (double cheese this, triple cheese that, cheese-lovers, etc.)? Yeah, might…

Short Film: Discovering the Word of Wisdom

Sep 5, 2015
7 min read

This is fantastic. The woman in this video, Jane Birch, contacted me a while back regarding her book “Discovering the Word of Wisdom” which I really enjoyed. I wrote a review of it here and wrote a testimonial for her…

They Were Also Living Souls

Feb 18, 2015
1 min read

“And I, the Lord God, formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul, the first flesh upon the earth, the first man also; nevertheless, all…

Examining the Chiastic Structure of the Word of Wisdom

Feb 2, 2015
8 min read

Back when I was studying the Word of Wisdom in depth, I became aware of potential patterns in the text. I began to wonder if D&C 89 was structured in a chiastic form. I printed out a copy and began marking…

Questioning the Comma in Verse 13 of the Word of Wisdom by A. Jane Birch

Jun 19, 2014
23 min read

The following article was published at Mormon Interpreter. I’ve been waiting for someone to do the research and put together some good information on this subject and I think Jane did a great job. She’s the author of the book Discovering…

A Review of “Discovering the Word of Wisdom” by Jane Birch

Jan 16, 2014
30 min read

“…showing forth the order and will of God in the temporal salvation of all saints in the last days—…Behold, verily, thus saith the Lord unto you: In consequence of evils and designs which do and will exist in the hearts…

The Gospel and Animals

Jun 27, 2013
12 min read

In an August 1972 article by Gerald E. Jones that I read recently, a powerful case was made for understanding the importance for respecting animal life. I believe that the principles expressed within this article provide valuable insight to the reasons…

A fresh take on the Word of Wisdom

Oct 5, 2011
39 min read

Are we really living the Word of Wisdom as instructed? Have we been deceived by the evils and designs of the conspiring men we were warned about in these, the last days? It’s time for a fresh look on some wise words.

Sugar, Sugar, Sugar!

May 23, 2011
0 min read

Some great vids illustrating the incredible amount of sugar intake we get from sodas! Bust out the sugar packets!

Can you get hooked on diet soda? via CNN.com

Apr 26, 2011
9 min read

Sometimes I have to laugh at people when they avoid Coca Cola like the plague because of “caffeine” and it’s “addictive qualities” and then chug liters of diet, caffeine free soda. As for me, I’ll stick to water.

Sugar: The Bitter Truth

Jul 1, 2010
0 min read

Robert H. Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, explores the damage caused by sugary foods. He argues that fructose (too much) and fiber (not enough) appear to be cornerstones of the obesity epidemic through their effects on insulin.