Word of Wisdom

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The Word of Wisdom

The people there are living in the United Order, as also in Brigham City and St. Joseph, and while I was in those settlements I never heard an oath, I never saw a quarrel, I never saw any man or boy smoke a cigarette, or use an ounce of tobacco, or drink whiskey, or drink a cup of coffee or tea, except what I drank myself. The idea of drinking coffee where nobody else was drinking it was a very poor example, I thought, for an Apostle; I therefore took, instead of coffee, water and milk, and have felt a great deal better. The promise is that those who keep the Word of Wisdom "shall run and not be weary, shall walk and not faint," and I can say I have enjoyed much better health than before.
Wilford Woodruff, Conference Report 1880, 11. off-site

Handbook 2: Administering the Church—2010 (Intellectual Reserve, 2010)., "Selected Church Policies and Guidelines 21.3.11"

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,  Handbook 2: Administering the Church—2010 (Intellectual Reserve, 2010).
The only official interpretation of “hot drinks” (D&C 89:9) in the Word of Wisdom is the statement made by early Church leaders that the term “hot drinks” means tea and coffee. Members should not use any substance that contains illegal drugs. Nor should members use harmful or habit-forming substances except under the care of a competent physician.

Changes in the way the Word of Wisdom was implemented over time

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Joseph Smith and the Word of Wisdom

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Brigham Young and the Word of Wisdom

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Modern day implementation of the Word of Wisdom

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