Goal: To teach your family members about what the Lord’s standard of health is and how following the Word of Wisdom can help you become stronger, smarter and more spiritual.
Elder Jorg Klebinat, during the October 2014 General Conference, said “Take responsibility for your own physical well-being. Your soul consists of your body and spirit (see D&C 88:15). Feeding the spirit while neglecting the body, which is a temple, usually leads to spiritual dissonance and lowered self-esteem. If you are out of shape, if you are uncomfortable in your own body and can do something about it, then do it! Elder Russell M. Nelson has taught that we should “regard our body as a temple of our very own” and that we should “control our diet and exercise for physical fitness” (“We Are Children of God,” Ensign, Nov. 1998, 87; Liahona, Jan. 1999, 103).
“President Boyd K. Packer has taught “that our spirit and our body are combined in such a way that our body becomes an instrument of our mind and the foundation of our character” (“The Instrument of Your Mind and the Foundation of Your Character” [Church Educational System fireside, Feb. 2, 2003], 2; speeches.byu.edu). Therefore, please use good judgment in what and especially how much you eat, and regularly give your body the exercise it needs and deserves. If you are physically able, decide today to be the master of your own house and begin a regular, long-term exercise program, suited to your abilities, combined with a healthier diet. Spiritual confidence increases when your spirit, with the help of the Savior, is truly in charge of your natural man or woman.”
You can find the rest of his talk here: https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2014/10/approaching-the-throne-of-god-with-confidence?lang=eng
Tell the story of Daniel and the King’s meat. (Daniel 1) You can use the scripture figures from the Children’s Friend Magazine. Point out how Daniel achieved great knowledge and wisdom through treating his body as a Temple and eating healthy food.
Take a moment to discuss how you feel when you’ve eaten well (like Daniel) and how you feel when you’ve eaten poorly (like the other men in the story). Include things regarding physical, mental, and spiritual feelings. Ask your family members to contribute experiences they have had.
Talk about the Word of Wisdom, given to Joseph Smith in 1833. This can be found in D&C 89. https://www.lds.org/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/89.1?lang=eng#1
If time or attention permits, read it in its entirety. If not, summarize. Make sure you include these points:
- No wine, strong drinks, tobacco, hot drinks (interpreted as coffee and tea)
- Use wholesome herbs in season
- Use every fruit and vegetable in season with thanksgiving
- Meat is to be used sparingly- primarily in times of winter, cold, or famine
- Grain is to be used as the staff of life
- Promised blessings are: health, wisdom, knowledge, strength and life
Preparation: Cut out the pictures attached or gather your own pictures of food.
Play an Always-Sometimes-Never game (or you can call it Green, Yellow, Red). Have each family member draw a picture out of a bag. Have them tell the family if this food is an Always (green) food, a Sometimes (yellow) food, or a Never (red) food. Each family has different standards depending on food allergies, diet preferences, and other factors so take the opportunity to discuss your family’s standard of eating.
Place the food in piles according to their type so you can see a pattern evolve of what your family considers healthy or unhealthy.
Optional: After going through the Word Of Wisdom as a family, decide if there are changes you should make to your diet. If appropriate, allow the family to help create the next week’s menu based off healthy choices they are excited to try. This activity can extend throughout the week if you have family members go shopping with you or assign individuals to cook specific meals.
This file contains clip art pictures of different foods/drugs that we encounter on a daily basis. You can print, cut and color these pictures or you can use pictures from mailbox advertisements, magazines, or ones you’ve drawn. Add more foods in if there is something you want to discuss in particular.