I’m a Mormon, so I do not drink alcohol.
Like I mentioned two weeks ago when discussing coffee, the direction to not drink alcohol comes from something we LDS refer to as The Word of Wisdom. Joseph Smith records these “words of wisdom” in a book of scripture we use called the Doctrine and Covenants.
5 That inasmuch as any man drinketh wine or strong drink among you, behold it is not good, neither meet in the sight of your Father, only in assembling yourselves together to offer up your sacraments before him.Doctrine and Covenants 89:5,7
7 And, again, strong drinks are not for the belly, but for the washing of your bodies.
Maybe you’re wondering what constitutes a ‘strong drink.’ What about cooking with wine? Don’t we need Bananas Foster? Seriously, though; what does the scripture mean by talking about “sacraments?” And, why no booze?
The Word of Wisdom is a commandment of God. He revealed it for the physical and spiritual benefit of His children. Prophets have clarified that the teachings in Doctrine and Covenants 89 include abstinence from tobacco, strong drinks (alcohol), and hot drinks (tea and coffee).Church Policies and Guidelines, Word of Wisdom and Healthy Practices, 38.7.14
Committing to the LDS faith means no consuming alcohol -not even for taking “sacraments.” In lessons at church, I learned that Joseph Smith was instructed not to use wine for the Sacrament like the New Testament describes. We use water.
Since I’ve been a member of the LDS church for my entire life, raised by LDS parents who had several LDS progenitors themselves, I’ve never drunk a drop of liquor. To be completely honest (also a commandment), I have eaten meals and desserts made with alcohol. I didn’t notice a significant difference and am fine going without.
©2022 Chel Owens
Technically, we Mormons are officially members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and are to drop any name but that. Since many still run with the nickname of ‘Mormon,’ however, I will keep pace.
My other note is that I will keep to official doctrinal practices. I will add my own application of them, especially in response to comments.
My final note is that I LOVE discussing anything I write. Don’t be rude, obviously, but any and all queries or responses are welcome.
My final note beyond the final note is that I do not seek to convert anyone. I ought to, but am motivated by forming connections, answering curiosity, and straightening pictures. So, you’re safe.