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Mormon and vegetarian

By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | Apr 08, 2010

LDS (Mormon) friends, check out this article by GSG reader Brett Wilcox about his “coming out of the closet” at church about being a vegetarian. Most interesting to me is the health benefits he and others received shifting to a plant-based diet:


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  1. Anonymous says:

    I totally identify with this article.

  2. Wow what an article! Being a vegetarian in Alaska must be interesting since it is almost always snowy there. Hmm….

    I wrote in my spotlight that I was a vegan, I figured that way I didn’t have to deal with any awkwardness of confrontations or what not. Even though I live in San Antonio (probably the least vegan place anywhere!) I feel like my ward members still accept me and my health fanaticism.

    I need to find those support groups he talks about because I don’t have any close friends within close physical proximity who are as obsessed with this kind of eating as I am so I feel mostly attached to my computer friends and lonely when it comes to social situations.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I kept looking for a contact email but couldn’t find one, so hopefully asking this in the comments is okay.

    I have a 6 month old who is starting solids. This wasn’t my first choice as I intended to breastfeed exclusively till closer to a year. Unfortunately for various reasons that is not possible. I am wondering what your take would be on introducing foods to a 6 month old, what foods to start with, any potential allergy problems, etc. I’d like not to do the baby rice cereal, although he’s had that some. I want to start introducing as many of our green smoothie ingredients as possible so that whenever it’s suitable, he can have smoothies with us. Our smoothie ingredients usually consist of spinach, kale, chard, romaine, apples, oranges, lemons, blueberries, banana, sunflower and flax seeds. Would a good idea be to perhaps try blending up some spinach and water and trying that? Is there anything you would wait on in that smoothie list (other than the seeds which I think you’re supposed to wait on introducing till a year anyways)? Remember the bagged spinach and the E. Coli break out? Should I go ahead and wash even the prewashed bagged spinach? What would be your take on all of this? Thanks GSG!

  4. Anonymous says:


    robyn wondering if you ever heard of the new line out called irwin naturals? they have a living green liquid -gel multi i wanted to get your opinion on???

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      I don’t know it.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for posting this article! We take vegetarian dishes to our ward dinners and receive lots of compliments! One brother was late getting there last month and asked his wife if we were there, “Be sure to make me a plate of whatever they brought. I know that I can eat it and not get sick!”

    We too have been met with skepticism at church about our diet, but no one can disagree with it when told about the marvelous health changes that have come to my husband due to this way of living! No more allergies, no more asthma, and best of all, no more cancer!!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Robyn did you know about this battle between blentec and vitamix? apparently vitamix stole the blendtec guy’s patent for blenders!


  7. Anonymous says:


    I would love to have some of your vegetarian recipes to take to my ward functions!!! Send as many as you wish:)


  8. Anonymous says:


    Found this after looking for raw food lds members. I have a lot of experience with raw food and also raw babies, so if interested, please contact me. I have 7 children and 5 are 100% raw and the others are about 90% raw with 10% whole foods. For a quick answer, my last 2 babies were raw babies and thrived on avocado, banana, flax oil, chia and a few others as their first foods. I also liked making a cereal out of slippery elm powder.

    I have years of experience bringing my own dishes to church events and primary parties, Hah. It’s always interesting, but I have such a testimony of the sacred nature of food and my body temple that it doesn’t even bother me. The stats on cancel, heart disease and the sick, depressed nature of most people make it really easy to be “peculiar.” I’ve also learned to be very patient with others as they discover the spiritual blessings of this principle. Feel free to contact me, if interested in a friend or support,



    1. Kristin I hope you get this, I would also really love to connect with you about your experience. I can be found on Facebook: Jenny c Hochstein

  9. Anonymous says:

    I would love to get Kristin’s contact. I am LDS and have been trying to eat raw for a couple of years now. I have 2 little ones and they eat so many vegetables, but I still have lots of questions. My email is sofiaabrantes2002@yahoo.com Kristin, if you happen to read this, could you please, please, please contact me. I would LOVE to learn from your experience : )

  10. Ha, ha, great article. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Anonymous says:


    I am an LDS strict vegetarian (no meat, dairy, eggs, or honey) and it is good to see other LDS vegetarians. I wanted to invite all of you that have Facebook to join the Mormon Vegetarians group at this link: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_2247600845. I think that us members of the Church that are striving to better live the WoW better should stick together. I am hoping that some kind of more formal group for church members like us will be formed in the future but until then for those living in the Salt Lake area I wanted to have some kind of Meetup group so that we can get to know each other, give support, have potlucks and such. I would love to hear from anybody especially those in Utah, my email is kpomeroy@gmail.com. I also wrote a study on vegetarianism and the Gospel that i thought I would share as well here: http://www.scribd.com/kevin_pomeroy.

  12. I like your blog. I just posted some historical information about eating flesh and the Word of Wisdom on my blog. Your readers may find in it something to think about.



  13. Hey! I love it when I read a blog post and instantly want to be friends with the author. We should trade links or guest posts or something! I wonder if you ever came across my raw vegan cooking show on YouTube, UnCooking 101…? Anyway, just wanted to say thanks for being awesome. Keep on rockin’.


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