Lesson 22: The Word of Wisdom: “A Principle with Promise”, Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Gospel Doctrine
Give each person in the class a small piece of paper. Ask them (or have a list ready before the class) for some of the commandments that we are required to live by. Keep taking answers (or make sure to suggest) until the Word of Wisdom is mentioned. Write the list on the board and try to get about 7-10 answers. Now have the class write down on a scale of 1 to 10 how difficult how each commandment is to keep with 1 being easy and 10 being exceptionally difficult. Then go through each of the commandments and allow some of the class members share what their answers are.
The Lord shares what level he gives to one of these commandments. Look in D&C 89:3 to see how difficult the Lord states the Word of Wisdom can be. (You may want to discuss that because of addiction it can be very difficult to live the word of wisdom, but if we avoid the things in the word of wisdom it can be easy from the beginning.) Talk briefly with the class about what it is that we are and are not supposed to eat and drink with the word of wisdom. You can move through this quickly because most know this by heart. The real thing to put emphasis on are the blessings. One in particular is the promise of the destroying angel passing by. Talk about the last time that the destroying angel was in the scriptures. (The Passover at the time of Moses.) Why did the angel pass over certain houses? (Goat’s blood on the door.) So was the angel of death afraid of goat’s blood? (No, it was all about obedience) Talk about how the word of wisdom now is simply all about obedience. Will we do what the Lord asks us to do? If so, we have the same promise for obedience. There are many other topics in the blessings that can be great discussions as well.