Saturday, July 5, 2008

Warning! Controversial Content

This is entirely opinion, or rather thoughts that haven't quite made a decision yet... Read at your own risk!
I know that what I am about to write is extremely controversial, but it has been on my mind a lot lately, and I would like to see what other people think about it: I was reading a blog a while ago and something in it really got me to thinking. The author said that most Latter Day Saints inadvertently break the Word of Wisdom. It was said that the LDS are generally very good about keeping the don't sections ie. don't use tobacco, don't use alcohol... etc, but the do's they are pretty bad at. D&C 89 talks about using the herbs and plants of the ground, and then continues to tell us that we should eat meat sparingly, only in times of famine, winter, or cold. Now from growing up, we had meat at almost every dinner, especially Sunday dinner. If there wasn't some type of meat on my plate, I thought that Mom had forgotten something. Reading that kind of bothered me, so I began to scour the scriptures looking for instructions, because I really want to do what's right, but how can I if I don't know? Well, I found a few things. The scriptures tell us (as stated before) to eat meat sparingly... in times of famine, winter or cold. The other day someone was reading that to me, and had left out the pause from the coma, so I thought that it was "And it is pleasing unto me that they should not be used only in times of winter, or of cold, or famine." Well, I thought that I had finally had my answer, but upon reading it again today, I see that it actually says "Yea, flesh also of beasts, and of the fowls of the air, I, the Lord, have ordained for the use of man with thanksgiving; nevertheless they are to be used sparingly; And it is pleasing unto me that they should not be used, only in times of winter, or of cold, or famine. " Which tells me that it is better to not use it. Another point I learned from the scriptures is that we are told that a sign of the coming of times is people saying to abstain from meat. So, what do you do? Really, I want to know. I know that it is slothful to be commanded in all things, but I really haven't a clue! I have been trying to find the answer to this dilemma for a couple of weeks now. Now don't think I am promoting vegetarianism or anything like that, I am simply trying to find out what the Lord's will is. In argument of hardly ever eating meats, I found this article, which is making me lean more towards cutting back on my meat a lot, but I know that there are many arguments for the eating of meat out there. Anyways, just let me know what you all think.


Sheryl said...

This is an interesting topic. My family has been trying to eat less meat in recent years. Obviously the Word of Wisdom doesn't require us to all be vegetarians, but we probably do eat meat more than we should too.

I don't know if this is helpful to you or not, but this is what I try to do--
I've found that there are certain dishes that I can leave meat out of and not even miss it: sub sandwiches, spaghetti, taco salad, etc. Usually there are enough grains and veggies and other things that I can be full without having some kind of meat.

Also, from what I've read legumes are really good for you (a vegetarian way to get protein) but I've heard soy is actually unhealthy-- at least in large amounts.

Capt'n Amazing's wife said...

Amy, I am so glad you found this article! I'm going to post the link on my blog too! I've been thinking about this subject a lot lately as well. I think that as the article says, we don't really need meat at every meal.
If you read the green smoothie girl blog written by Robyn Openshaw-Pay, she actually includes a lot of interesting facts about a plant based diet. She is not a vegan, but eat little meat. I have started the 12 steps to whole foods, since you can't just change your diet overnight. It is a really good program that comes with recipes every month! You can easily email her, I have done so several times and she always writes back. She is a professor at BYU and lives in Lindon.
Anyway, I think that we can surmise from reading the article you posted and pondering on it ourselves that we are to use the plants of the earth to nourish ourselves. I was thinking about it the other day, and this is what I came up with in my mind. If I were to put myself in God's place (as creator of earth and children), I would definitely plant foods in the earth that would do them good. And knowing of diseases that would come upon them from the fall of man, I would give them plants that would heal them. Since animals get all their nutrition from plants, why should we eat the animals? We can just eat the plants for the same nutrition the animals have. The main promotion ($ donations) for the American diet (food pyramid, etc) come from the meat and dairy farmers. Of course they want us to think that we need meat and dairy products (even though we don't really). They are in it for the money! This is all stuff I have read about by the way, most on and other links that I have come across through blog hopping. Well, I don't want to push you off your soap box so I can stand there so I'll end at that. I'm sure you'll continue to look into it and use the spirit to guide you.