Mormons are Penalized for Violating Health Don’ts But Not Do’s

by Robert John Stevens, March 1, 2016

Obesity is becoming a crisis as sedentary lifestyles and poor eating becomes the norm. Without question, BYU students are much fatter today than they were when I was a student thirty years ago, although BYU students are still probably the healthiest in the nation.

BYU Religion Professor Alexander L. Baugh says the majority of Mormons only keep half the Word of Wisdom—the don’ts that will keep them from getting a temple recommend.

Update March 3, 2016: An answer popped into my head during dinner—Maybe it has to do with sins of commission versus omission and which are worse.

Who believes there are “evils and designs which do and will exist in the hearts of conspiring men in the last days?” — Few people do because the government uses the prestitute media to cover up their crimes and label whistle blowers as conspiracy nuts.

Who realizes that sugar is the most consumed and addictive drug in Utah?

Who eats wholesome herbs?

Who eats herbs and fruits “in the season thereof?”

Who eats “flesh also of beasts and of the fowls of the air…only in times of winter, or of cold, or famine?1

Who really makes an effort to avoid processed sugars including high fructose corn syrup, GMOs and pesticides?

My wife and I do and I know we’re in the minority.

BYU’s Cougar Eat is a disgrace. Its most popular location is Subway and that isn’t healthy: Their processed meats cause cancer and their vegetables are sprayed.

When I was a student the Cougar Eat served cafeteria-style (home-cooked) meals. The BYU Cannon Center is good as long as one only eats at the salad bar. And by the way, it costs only $5 for professors. 🙂

BYU, you can do better.

How about replacing the American fast-food franchises at the BYU Cougar Eat with startup restaurants run by returned missionaries who want to showcase the delicious foods they discovered on their missions? It could become a launchpad for restaurant startups and a delight for visitors and the local community.

Mormon Apostle John A. Widtsoe wrote a book entitled, “The Word of Wisdom.” People who read it are awakened. Get a copy and read it.

Awakening church members may require creativity but it can surely begin with educating them. The solution for this crisis was given in 1833 in the Word of Wisdom—maybe it is time to start discussing and obeying its do’s.


1 The meat issue is both a do and a don’t: Don’t eat it unless…