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We had a lesson in Relief Society about the Word of Wisdom. One sister made a comment that if you keep the word of wisdom you will avoid disease. To me, sitting there in my power chair with multiple sclerosis, that was a very uncomfortable moment. I have to go back, that is not going to keep me away from church. What should I do, if anything?

Carrie

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Carrie,

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Yes, I can understand how this comment might hurt individuals who have been stricken in life by some sort of disease or illness, although they have kept the word of wisdom themselves since birth, or even later in life.

If all who kept the word of wisdom would avoid any disease then it doesn’t explain how worthy members of the Church who are diagnosed with cancer, multiple sclerosis, chronic coughs, or even mild cold symptoms, etc…

The explanation to this doctrine is obviously incorrect. Thus, there is no need to allow ourselves to be offended by another point of view and their naivety when specifying doctrinal points.

You should go back to church, head held high, knowing that the Lord loves you and that you are of worth to him. What people may say in error doesn’t disregard the love our Heavenly Father has for us.

Ignore the comment, love the person who said it, and enjoy partaking of the sacrament.

Gramps

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