I am teaching a 12 Steps class in July, and final comments on the Word of Wisdom
On Friday, July 17, from 6:30 to 8:30 at Classic Books and Gifts in Lehi, I have been asked to teach a 12 Steps to Whole Foods class. Here’s the link to sign up:
I have taken some time off of teaching classes but am getting back into it, with my new book coming out next month. I’ll post in the next few days that we’re preselling the book in the GreenSmoothieGirl.com store, so stand by. I’ll also let you know if classes I have coming up are open to the public.
My final thoughts on that revolutionary scripture known as the Word of Wisdom, that was far (200 years, almost) before its time. I long wondered why we are counselled not to drink “hot drinks” (coffees and caffeinated teas, we assume from historical analysis), and only minimal animal flesh, but nothing is said about refined foods like white flour and white sugar that are currently destroying America’s health. And LDS people provide those foods in abundance at EVERY SINGLE CHURCH EVENT, including the ones for children. The Primary handbook asks teachers not to feed kids junk food, but teachers routinely do it anyway. We don’t drink or smoke, but we experience the same obesity rates as everyone else and we’re infamous for making up the difference in what we DON’T smoke/drink . . . in sugar intake!
I have two theories about this. First (this one is a no brainer), at the time of the revelation in 1833, white flour and sugar were virtually unknown. More importantly, we cannot be given a higher law until we’re living the lower law. Bluntly: we are not living the lower law.
Many of our children are on drugs. Utah (the highest LDS population) abuses prescription drugs more than any other state in the nation. We eat tons of animals and ignore and rationalize away verses 12-15 of D&C 89 (see the part on God approving of eating animals sparingly in times of winter, cold, famine). We eat to excess and have obesity rates similar to the national average. All of these are gross violations of the law that is supposed to be for the “weakest of the Saints.”
I personally am ready for a higher law. I don’t say this to be arrogant. I say this because I crave further light and knowledge; I have a lot of questions. I wonder, what would God tell us regarding lifestyle and diet, IF WE WERE CLEARING THE VERY, VERY LOW BAR He is currently holding for us to clear?
Apocryphal texts of John refer to not eating any animal flesh and living very close to the Earth. I’d love to know what God really wants for us . . . a Word of Wisdom 2.0, if you will. (Oh, and hey, that reminds me: I will announce here very shortly a Green Smoothie 2.0 video I did, part 1 and 2.)
Let’s live the lower law so we can be given more light and knowledge on our path to a truly abundant life rich with divinity.
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