Fitness Isn’t My Thing

We all have that one friend who is gung-ho about fitness. They post about it, talk about it, badger you into doing workouts with them, and more. That person is clearly rocking it when it comes to physical health. I am not that person. I have tried to be that person, but it has never worked out for me long term. Which kind of sucks. I’ve been thinking about it a lot though recently. Not only because I’ve lost all the progress I made at the beginning of the year with weight loss, but also because physical health is something I’ve realized goes hand in hand with my spiritual health. How can I focus on my connections with God when I am not showing him my gratitude for everything he has given me–including my body.

In the Mormon Church we have a health code called the Word of Wisdom. People often focus on the semantics of caffeine, coffee, tea, and drugs. There’s more to the Word of Wisdom though, like eating meat sparingly. You can find the entire Word of Wisdom here.

So, what can I do to commit myself to providing the best I can for my body long term?

I think a big thing to remember is it’s hard to feel good when you feel bad. It sounds simple but I can’t seem to get it down. I know I can feel amazing when I’m touched by the Spirit. I thrive when I can follow the promptings of the Spirit. I can’t always do that when I’m huffing and puffing and out of breath because I just had to eat ice cream every day and I forgot to exercise… for the last four months. The realization that taking care of your body so you can connect at a higher level with God needs to happen.

After you’ve realized you have a gift from God that needs to be treated as a gift from God the best thing I can suggest is making a plan.

Find a workout and just go with it. I don’t care if it’s CrossFit, running 5Ks every weekend, or doing yoga. Find something that will strengthen your body so you can get through the day without aches and pains.

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After you’ve found the workout for you find the right fuel for you. I don’t care if you do keto, go vegan, try a cleanse, or just count calories. You need to find something that will work for you and will fuel your body for what it needs to accomplish. You can’t turn your body into a fine tuned spiritual machine if you’re falling asleep because you did too much or because you can’t hear the still small voice of the Holy Ghost because your stomach is grumbling too much.

Go out and do great things. Take care of your body so you can be healthy so you can, “run and not be weary”. I’m going to be right there with you trying my best.

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-Nikita

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The Coffee Question

Those crazy Mormons are at it again. Not only do they have to their own Bible, but now they're supposedly health nuts? Who cares if they drink coffee or tea? They drink energy drinks and soda and those are worse!

I get it, I really do. Why have restrictions on something so widely used and say it's for health reasons when ignoring all the other garbage we eat and drink? There are a lot of answers and opinions on the Word of Wisdom, but really, it boils down to obedience.

Whether you are a born and raised Mormon, convert to the Church, or just interested in Mormonism, there's one thing that you should know about that really gets people's feathers ruffle: the Word of Wisdom.

Like most revelation given to prophets both in ancient times and present, the Word of Wisdom started out as an answer to a problem Joseph Smith presented to the Lord. The Lord answered with guidelines for fruits, vegetables, grains, and vague statements like "hot and strong drinks". Fortunately, we have prophets who clarify what it meant. In 1921, Heber J. Grant told the Saints that the Word of Wisdom specifies alcohol, coffee, tea, and tobacco. Pretty simple, right?

Well, in the less than one hundred years there have been justifications and reasonings and murmurings as to why the Word of Wisdom isn't applicable. On the other hand, there are people who become fanatics and refuse to entertain phrases such as "coffee table".

People will come up with reasons that God instituted the Word of Wisdom, a common reason people say coffee is avoided is tannins, but there are just as many tannins in grape juice.

In opposition of the Word of Wisdom some Mormons will say that since barley is set apart for use in mild drinks (D&C 89:17) it's okay to drink beer, even though prophets have specifically said alcohol is breaking the Word of Wisdom.

Sometimes commands from God are simple. Sometimes they don't make sense either. In the Bible the Israelites were bitten by snakes. The Lord told them they would be healed if the bites if they looked at a serpent on a staff. And what happened? It was too easy. Many of the Israelites didn't believe it could happen. Like the Israelites there's a promise to the Word of Wisdom:

18 And all saints who remember to keep and do these sayings, walking in obedience to the commandments, shall receive health in their navel, and marrow in their bones;

19 And shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures;

20 And shall run and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint.

21 And I, the Lord, give unto them a promise, that the destroying angel shall pass by them, as the children of Israel, and not slay them. Amen.

Doctrine and Covenants 89:18-21

Sounds pretty awesome to me, but the promises, like every other promise from God has a prerequisite of obedience. You don't have to understand the why, sometimes you just have to show God the respect He asks for and the love He deserves by following His commands.


-Nikita