|Are Mormons just a bunch of "Goody Two Shoes"?|
You may have wondered why your Mormon friends pass up the cocktails at business parties, the coffee in the break room, and never seem to have a light. It isn't just because we're the designated drivers; our feelings regarding the use of certain things are rooted much more deeply than that.
We believe that our bodies are sacred gifts from God. Paul says our bodies are "temples of God", where the Holy Ghost can dwell if we don't defile them. Heavenly Father wants us to take good care of them by not using substances that damage them or rob us of our ability to choose. That ability to choose is one of the most precious tools He has granted for us to keep His commandments and be happy. Kind of hard to do that if you're a slave to a bottle or a little white stick. Through the Prophet Joseph Smith, God has revealed what we should and should not put into our bodies--we should avoid coffee, tea, tobacco, alcohol, and harmful drugs because they damage us and take away that ability to choose; on the other hand, we should eat nutritiously, choosing grains, fruits, vegetables, and meat sparingly. (**Note: nowhere in the Word of Wisdom are we forbidden to drink sodas or caffeinated beverages. We are counseled by the prophets to abstain from things to which we may become addicted--caffeine is an easy one for many people. Myth Busted) We are promised incredible blessings of health, strength, knowledge, and above all, spiritual safety
if we remember to keep this "principle with a promise".
I'm thankful for these guidelines because I have been able to enjoy a happy, healthy youth, free from a lot of the problems that early smoking, drinking, and use of drugs bring. I am also thankful because it is evidence to me that God cares so much that it even matters to Him what I eat and drink! That's so cool to me. So I (and my totally hip mom--she's even on facebook, I'll have you know!) don't drink and I don't smoke. What do I do? I live a productive, active life, and I get to share these blessings with others. If you are involved with these addictive substances, the Atonement of Jesus Christ can help you. He knows what it feels like and He wants to help you out! Here's a site that may help if you're trying to quit.