Sunday, November 23, 2008

Day 238-Nutritional Bite

Jesus Increased in Stature

"There is no question that the health of the body affects the spirit, or the Lord would never have revealed the Word of Wisdom. God has never given any temporal commandments—that which affects our bodies also affects our spirits. There are at least four basic areas which make a difference in our health—in our growing in stature.

First—righteousness. Sin weakens. It affects not only the spirit, but the body. The scriptures are full of examples of the physical power that can be with the righteous. On the other hand, unrepented sin can lead to both mental and physical sickness. Disease, fevers, and unexpected deaths are some of the consequences directly related to disobedience. Jesus healed a man of a physical malady and then told him to “sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.” (John 5:14.)

Second—food. To a great extent, we are physically what we eat. Most of us are acquainted with some of the prohibitions of the Word of Wisdom, such as no tea, coffee, tobacco, or alcohol. But what needs additional emphasis are the positive aspects—the need for vegetables, fruits, and grain. We need a generation of people who eat in a healthier manner.

Third—exercise. The body needs the renewing effect that comes from exercise. Walking in the fresh air can be exhilarating and refreshing. Properly directed, running can also have some beneficial effects. Simple sports activities can also be helpful.

Fourth—sleep. Adequate early rest is best. The Lord states that we should “cease to sleep longer than is needful; retire to thy bed early, that ye may not be weary; arise early, that your bodies and your minds may be invigorated.” (D&C 88:124). Early to bed and early to rise is still good counsel."

-Ezra Taft Benson, “In His Steps,” Tambuli, Feb 1989, 3

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