These top quotes from LDS leaders will inspire you to get healthier and live fuller lives!
As a Christian and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints , I’ve always tried to take care of my physical body. I know that it’s a gift from God, and taking care of our bodies is a way to honor Him.
Jesus Christ was the perfect example of self-mastery, hard work, and taking care of His physical being. In the scriptures we read, “Know ye not that ye are a temple of God. ” We take great care of our temples, and we should do the same for our bodies.
1. Corinthians 3:16-17
The first quote is direct from the scriptures, showing us that God does care that we take care of our bodies. 1 Corinthians 3:16-17
2. LDS quote on health from Ezra Taft Benson
This quote was given in LDS General Conference October 1974 from President Ezra Taft Benson called Do Not Despair. FABULOUS talk! “The condition of the physical body can affect the spirit. That’s why the Lord gave us the Word of Wisdom”.
3. LDS Conference talk from Thomas S. Monson
Another excellent talk on physical health, Principles and Promises by Thomas S. Monson. October 2016 General conference. His quote is “Those who are obedient to the Lord’s commandments and who faithfully observe the Word of Wisdom are promised particular blessings, among which are good health and added physical stamina.
4. LDS Conference Oct 1990
President Monson gave an address titled, That We May Touch Heaven. This quote below has been mentioned in numerous manuals about physical health including the Strength of Youth. The quote is “Nutritious meals, regular exercise, and appropriate sleep are necessary for a strong body, just as consistent scripture study and prayer strengthen the mind and spirit.”
5. Barbara B. Smith, General Relief Society President
This talk should be required for all members of the church! I love her discussion about how being healthy gives you strength to do the Lord’s work! Good Health, A Key to Joyous Living. LDS Conference Oct 1978. The quote is: ” The state of our health affects every facet of our life- our feeling of personal well-being, our approach to work, our social interactions- even our service to the Lord.”
6. David O McKay LDS Quotes from Prophets
This one was hard to find where it originated. The records from David O McKay’s time aren’t as good as they are now. But BYU shared this quote on this page. Wellness matters. The quote reads: “The healthy man, who takes care of his physical being, has strength and vitality; his temple is a fit place for the spirit to reside…Bodily ailments deprive us of the full exercise of our faculties and privileges and sometimes of life itself. It is necessary, therefore, to care for our physical bodies and to observe the laws of physical health and happiness.”
7. LDS Quote on health from Bruce R. McConkie
Recorded in 1966, Bruce R McConkie told the Latter Day Saints this quote: Ordinarily a healthy, vigorous person is in a far better position to work out his own salvation and be an effective instrument in rolling forth the great purposes of diety.”
8. Mormonad: Kick out the Junk
I love this one, and I have always loved mormonads! They are so clever. “Kick out the Junk. Eat nutritious food, exercise regularly, and get enough sleep. Practice balance and moderation in all aspects of your physical health.”(For the Strength of Youth , 25.)
9. Mormonad Quote: Take Care of Your Temple
Simple yet effective, this mormonad quoted image is a person who is comprised of fruits and vegetables! Healthy food is indeed the Word of Wisdom in it’s fullness.
10. Rise up- Mormonad About sleep habit
I love healthy food and staying healthy, and sleep is a big part of that, and more relevant today than ever! Love this Mormonad, “Rise Up O men of God. Arise early, that your bodies and minds may be invigorated.” D&C 88: 124
So, let’s try to do a little more to be a little healthier. I know that as we do this, we will become more like Jesus Christ and be better able to serve in His kingdom!