Roughly three years ago—I was 81 years old at the time—I was diagnosed with kidney cancer. My right kidney was so cancerous that the doctors gave me zero percent chance of saving it, so it was surgically removed. The cancer spread to my bladder. Consequently, over about a period of a year and a half, I had 12 chemotherapy sessions and several non-surgical probes to get the cancer in remission. Several of these chemo sessions left me with a bladder infection that took antibiotics to cure. Needless to say, my health was in a very precarious situation.
It was the twelfth, and last chemo session, plus an infection that really got the best of me. My entire body, from the neck down, ached terribly. The experience lasted for roughly two days. I say “roughly” because for the most part I was in a daze and had no recollection of time. Because of the pain, I couldn’t sleep, and I could barely stay awake. I ached if I sat up, and I ached if I tried to lie down. Near the end of this time, I suppose because I was so lacking sleep plus so weak from the pain, I started to experience hallucinations.
I had several different hallucinations, but of interest to this story is near the end when I saw before me a large grid that resembled a giant-sized, brown “Weetabix,” like is found in a Weetabix cereal box. I had a bucket in my hand and I was trying to dip out the pain I felt in various parts of my body from one square of the grid and pour it into another square. I was becoming more and more frustrated. This didn’t work! My pain was still one hundred percent there, only I kept shifting it around!
After what seemed like an eternity of fruitless dipping to end my pain, something within me said, “You have to get rid of the pain, not just mask it by trying to hide it somewhere else.” In other words, dipping it out of one Weetabix square and pouring it into another square wasn’t the answer. What was of special interest after that “Aha! moment” was a very clear, audible voice that said to me, “Man is not made to eat flesh.”
Within, about a half hour of this event, my fever and my hallucinations left me, and I felt quite normal again.
Later on, when I related this story to my family, I quoted this “voice” as having said, “Man was not made to eat flesh.” The voice quickly corrected me, again audibly: “Man is not made to eat flesh.” The difference in the meaning is that the word “was” denotes a time element that doesn’t exist in the spirit world. The word “is” is timeless: without beginning or end. Also note that, when I related this experience to my family, I was not in a hallucinatory state.
All this took place around the end of July, 2014. From that moment on, I no longer ate meat of any kind, and have become a vegetarian. (I certainly see the health benefits of adopting a full vegan diet, and that may yet come to pass, but at the present moment, circumstances make it difficult for me to go vegan.) But, even as a vegetarian, my health has improved immensely over what it used to be. The future holds even better promise!
Since that epic day I have had continued evidence that the promptings from the Spirit had my health in mind. Even though I’m 85 years of age, I feel better now, on average, than I did when I was in my 60s! My kidney and bladder cancer is in full remission! I’ve recently had my annual medical and physical exam by my family doctor, and am happy to announce that I’m (to quote my doctor) “100% normal in all my tests.” The Word of Wisdom does work!
Although I understand that humans are omnivores, I don’t think that’s the whole story to our creation. Something has been lost to us. I do believe that part of “Adam’s fall” was the adding of meat into their diet, and since we now have entered the seventh, and last cycle of our earthly evolution, we will soon abandon the desire to eat flesh and again eat more nourishing food. In our very near future, eating flesh will become as abhorrent to us as cannibalism is now.
When we kill animals to eat them, they end up killing us because their flesh, which contains cholesterol and saturated fat, was never intended for human beings, who are natural herbivores. (William Clifford Robert, M.D., Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Cardiology. See: ”Humans are Omnivores”)
In my opinion, the reason we LDS folk are lagging behind much of the world in adopting a more wholesome diet is included in Jehovah’s silent promptings to our spirit to “Hold back.” Had we been first in adopting a wholesome diet, the world, especially the more “learnéd” dieticians and anti-Mormons, would have dug in their heels and defied common sense. This way, the world will be first, and we Mormons, in our allotted time, will dutifully follow and adopt this growing popular food habit.
It’s all working out so beautifully! Many Mormon pioneers, past and present, are the cornerstone in the Thousand Year Millennium that we are now in.
Albert Schindler was born during a Saskatchewan blizzard on the 27th of February, 1931, on a farm near a small village called, Hubbard, about 100 miles North East of Regina, the capital city of Saskatchewan. He has lived quite the adventurous life, including serving a term in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Canadian Provost Corps (Military Police). He has been a Hotel Detective, Private Investigator and Security Guard. He also spent 10 years with Gulf Oil Corp. (now Petro Canada) where he joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 1976 his family moved to Cardston, Alberta, where he has enjoyed several Church callings, his favorite being the Director of their combined Stake Family History Centre.