Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles Coffee, tea, alcohol, we can't drink it, can't smoke weed, we can't smoke cigarettes. Shelley: Since when?! Kwaku: Because always, that's how it is don't do it, got it? Shelley: Okay, but for real, Mormons don't drink alcohol because it says no in the Word of Wisdom. Ian, where did we get the Word of Wisdom from? Ian: the word of wisdom came from singing words and wisdom-- came Paul McCartney sing the song Let it Be. Ian: Um, actually no, the Word of Wisdom Heber J Grant, Ezra Taft Benson and Paul McCartney. Ian: The Beatles. So the Word of Wisdom came by the Prophet Joseph Smith in the year 1831. What happened? Joseph Smith is with the high priests and there's just smoke everywhere and it's really hard to communicate and just-- Shelley: Emma Smith was cleaning up tobacco off of the ground. Men didn't clean in the eighteen hundreds and Ian: Emma was a little upset. Emma Smith, Joseph Smith's wife was like, "Honey, this sucks fix it." So Joseph Smith did. Ian: And Joseph's like yeah I don't feel very spiritual with all these you know splashes of tobacco and alcohol and whiskey in my dining hall so he asked the Lord and the Lord actually gave him the health code called the Word of Wisdom. And originally, it was for the high priest of the church which is really interesting because lots of members of the church things they didn't they think the Word of Wisdom has been around since 1830 but actually for a long period of time it was more of a guideline for people like, "Look if you want to be spiritual you should probably follow this health code. Shelley: And it works! If you don't drink alcohol you can feel the spirit better. That's scientifically proven. Also you don't get drunk. You don't make bad decisions. Ian: You don't drive around and crash into things like deer. Kwaku: You don't wreck a Maserati next to a Kids are Kids. Actually, deer run into cars all the time. Shelley: It's cheaper if you don't drink alcohol or coffee or tea because then you're not buying it. Ian: I mean, I buy Postum. Kwaku: But like, Jesus drank wine, so like why can't you all guys drink alcohol if like he drink wine? my training like seriously like Beth like what yeah so that's the funny thing about it is that the word of wisdom isn't actually something we're like well we're not following Jesus Christ because we don't drink wine so we're not technical note the word of wisdom is actually just new revelation provided to us it really has nothing to do with Jesus turning the water into wine nothing to do with whether it was ok back then or not it's just modern revelation he opened the book of leviticus it says not to mix fabrics and you can't eat shellfish now let me tell you something i enjoy shrimp like everyone in this room okay you know what once again the laws back then were for that specific time period much like how the word of wisdom is only for our time period ok it's a supposed to transcend forever it's just supposed to be for us for our safety in our benefit yeah helps us a state helps us stay healthy helps us not die helps us save a lot of money well does not die right now not die you can't get alcohol poisoning if you're not drinking alcohol and you can't get black lungs if you're not smoking cigarette can't get hit by a bus no matter what your help so don't walk in the street Ian: Some fun facts the word of wisdom became a policy of the church in the early nineteen hundreds with Heber J Gant. Before then, you know, actual priesthood holders were smoking and they were drinking and actually something interesting back then is it wasn't like oh man you're drinking you can't give that person a blessing was actually you're drinking a this woman needs a blessing can you still help me out? It wasn't a commandment for the whole church to follow. So people freaked out about that like what members of the church were drinking? It was not a worldwide commandment. Now it is, it's something that we have to follow. Do things in moderation do not drink alcohol don't drink coffee you know those types of things. Kwaku: That also applies with 7up mainly cause it's awful. Shelley: I like seven up but also have been drinking green tea. You've been drinking green tea? Green tea? Shelley: It's not that I've been actively drinking green tea they ask you how you are using that you're fine we're not really finally you just can't get into it because they would never understand it's that on accident it's in this like juice drink that I -- it's not Snapple. It's like in one of those like smoothie drinks and there's a bunch of green tea in it, apparently, I don't know how much. I don't know what it is. Lots of people think that Mormons can't drink any caffeine because we choose not to drink coffee and like most teas but that's not actually true just because what we're choosing to do is not get addicted to things. We don't want to be reliant upon anything, just so that we can be only reliant upon God and the gospel. So if you want to drink the Coke drinking Coke, but if you're drinking like 12 Monsters to get you through the day every single day probs want to reevaluate your decisions and decide if you're addicted to that. Ian: Yeah, so the Word of Wisdom is not just a physical law, it's a spiritual law as well so the reason we don't want to get addicted to those things is so that our spirit can actually function because if we're relying upon something that's temporal are we really going to be able to be connected to Heavenly Father? Is that even possible? Every law that God gives us has a spiritual blessing and also has a physical blessing. Sure we'll be healthy because we're not drinking, sure we'll be healthy because we're not eating loads of things but also we're going to be a little bit clearer in the mind we're going to have knowledge that maybe we didn't have before because the Lord is going to be open to giving us that information because we're open to him. Kwaku: The Word of Wisdom keeps us healthy keeps us happy and it's a great thing I'm very very thankful for it. Shelley: Comment below if you're thankful for the word of wisdom if you're not thankful for the word of wisdom and if you think I'm breaking the word of wisdom by drinking that thing that has green tea in it. Ready, set... thanks for watching. Ian: Make the word of wisdom great again. Kwaku: No, we will not say that.