Word of Wisdom Articles & Speeches in LDS Newspapers & Magazines

From Word of Wisdom Literature by Jane Birch

Beginning in the 1830’s and lasting 100–150  years, the most common place to find writings and speeches on the Word of Wisdom was in LDS newspapers and magazines. In the articles below I share some highlights. (I will add more later.)

Hyrum Smith (1800–1844), and his magnificent 1842 sermon on the Word of Wisdom

19th Century LDS Church leaders

More 19th Century LDS Church leaders

19th Century Sister Saints

President Heber J. Grant (1856–1945)

19th and Early 20th Century Counsel on Meat

Elder Joseph F. Merrill (1868–1952), and the most vegetarian LDS Conference address, “Eat Meat Sparingly.”

W. Dean Belnap, M.D. (born 1926) and his article: “Self-Punishment,” Improvement Era (1951).

Ray G. Cowley, M.D. (1919–1997) and his article,  “An 1833 Guide for the Prevention of Heart Disease,” Improvement Era (1969).

G. Craig Kiser, “A Principle with Promises,” (February 2014). The first article in a Church magazine to mention The China Study (the Bible of plant-based eating).

Paul H. Peterson, “The Sanctity of Food: A Latter-day Saint Perspective,” in Religious Educator 2, no. 1 (Provo, UT: BYU Religious Studies Center, 2001). This is one of my favorite articles on the Word of Wisdom!

Last updated July 3, 2015

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