An Economic Interpretation of the “Word of Wisdom”

Examining the economic impetus behind the adoption of the Word of Wisdom may give us insights into how the Latter-day Saints became known as a people who abstain from alcohol, tobacco, tea, coffee, and drugs. From the time it was revealed, the Word of Wisdom was considered by many to be good advice and not a requirement for fellowship in the Church. The author explores the economic issues that contributed to making the Word of Wisdom official church policy.

Published in BYU Studies Quarterly 01:1
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