"For the word of the Lord is truth, and whatsoever is truth is light..."

Health, Medicine and Fitness

"Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost [which is] in you,
which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?"
- 1 Corinthians 6:19
young man

Attitudes Toward Health
"In light of modern revelation, Latter-day Saints believe that the physical body and its health and well-being are an essential part of the gospel of Jesus Christ." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints considers the elective termination of pregnancy "one of the most…sinful practices of this day". Although not necessarily murder. The Lord has said, "Thou shalt not…kill, nor do anything like unto it" (D&C 59:6; emphasis added in Packer, p. 85).

Abuse of Drugs
"The abuse of drugs is contrary to the teachings of the Church." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

"In January 1989 a special bulletin on AIDS was sent to Church leaders throughout the world to provide (1) scientific and medical information about AIDS; (2) counsel reaffirming the blessings and protection that come from living God's commandments; and (3) guidelines and policies dealing with interviewing and assisting those infected with the AIDS virus." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Alcoholic Beverages and Alcoholism
"Active members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints abstain from drinking alcoholic beverages." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Artificial Insemination
"The Church does not approve of artificial insemination of single women. It also discourages artificial insemination of married women using semen from anyone but the husband. However,' [we believe] this is a personal matter that ultimately must be left to the husband and wife, with the responsibility for the decision resting solely upon them" Encyclopedia of Mormonism

"The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints holds that an autopsy may be performed if the family of the deceased gives consent and if the autopsy complies with the law of the community." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Birth Control
"In the beginning the Lord commanded man to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth with posterity, thus providing bodies for the hosts of pre-existent spirits. (Gen. 1:28.)" Mormon Doctrine

Blood Transfusions
"the Church leaves all decisions about the use or nonuse of blood to the member or family concerned in consultation with their physician." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

"The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints counsels its members to bury their dead in the earth to return dust to dust, unless the law of the country requires cremation." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

"In modern times, Joseph Smith affirmed the perpetuity of the Abrahamic Covenant and defended the integrity of Judaism. Today, however, if Latter-day Saint males are circumcised, it is for cleanliness and health, not religious, reasons."

"Active Latter-day Saints abstain from drinking coffee. This practice derives from an 1833 revelation known as the Word of Wisdom, which states that "hot drinks are not for the body or the belly" (D&C 89:9)."

Cola Drinks
"Certainly the partaking of cola drinks, though not included within the measuring standard here set out, is in violation of the spirit of the Word of Wisdom." Elder Bruce R. McConkie

"Since the organization of the Church in 1830, Latter-day Saints have been encouraged by their leaders to avoid cremation, unless it is required by law, and, wherever possible, to consign the body to burial in the earth and leave the dissolution of the body to nature, "for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return" (Gen. 3:19).

Deseret Hospital
"With increasing evidence that home care of the sick and injured was no longer adequate, the women of the Relief Society, with the support of the First Presidency, opened Deseret Hospital in Salt Lake City on July 17, 1882. Though Roman Catholics and Episcopalians already sponsored hospitals in Utah, this was the first official endorsement of allopathic medicine by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (see Medical Practices).

"Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have historically felt a responsibility to care for the physical well-being of fellow Church members and their neighbors."




Organ Transplants and Donations
"Whether an individual chooses to will his own bodily organs or authorizes the transplant of organs from a deceased family member is a decision for the individual or the deceased member's family. The decision to receive a donated organ should be made with competent medical counsel and confirmation through prayer" Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Materials for the Blind and Deaf
"During his earthly ministry, Jesus was always sensitive to individuals and their personal needs. He paid particular attention to those with handicaps and healed many of their infirmities (e.g., Matt. 11:5). Today, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches similar sensitivity to people with special needs." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Maternity and Child Health Care
"Before professional doctors and nurses assumed primary responsibility for delivering health care, LDS women played a major role in providing maternity and child health care in their communities...Today, Relief Society women are encouraged to seek appropriate professional medical care and to participate in nursing and first-aid classes." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Medical Practices
"Today, many LDS women and men are involved in health care practice and research. Church members, who are advised to seek medical assistance from competent licensed physicians, generally believe that advances in medical science and health care have come though the inspiration of the Lord." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Mental Health
" The Church endorses the work of licensed mental health practitioners provided that the suggestions and treatment offered are consistent with Church moral and lifestyle expectations." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Physical Fitness and Recreation
"The Church has always endorsed recreation and fitness as desirable and worthy of promotion." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Prolonging Life
"When severe illness strikes, Church members should exercise faith in the Lord and seek competent medical assistance. However, when dying becomes inevitable, death should be looked upon as a blessing and a purposeful part of an eternal existence." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

"The LDS Church was a pioneer among religious faiths in promoting physical activity, sports, and recreation for members." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

The First Presidency has declared, "We seriously deplore the fact that members of the Church would voluntarily take measures to render themselves incapable of further procreation."

Tattoos and Body Piercing
"The practice is a desecration of the human body and should not be permitted, unless all that is involved is the placing of a blood type or an identification number in an obscure place." Elder Bruce R. McConkie

"Devout Latter-day Saints do not drink teas containing caffeine." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

"Devout Latter-day Saints do not use tobacco in any of its forms." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Word of Wisdom
"The practice of abstaining from all forms of alcohol, tobacco, coffee, and tea, which may outwardly distinguish active Latter-day Saints more than any other practice." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Thoughts on the Word of Wisdom
An excerpt from Bruce R. McConkie's book discussing the Word of Wisdom

Does the Word of Wisdom Require Latter-day Saints to be Vegetarians?
"...[God] gave us the flesh of beasts and of fowl for food, but that they were to be used sparingly." Elder Mark E. Peterson

Why Are Certain Things Forbidden In the Word of Wisdom?
"While some Church members have speculated why these things are forbidden, the Lord has never given any definitive reasons and Latter-day Saints simply obey as a matter of faith." W. John Walsh

Grape Juice Provides Health Benefits Without Alcohol
New scientific findings reinforce the Word of Wisdom.