Mormon Rules on Food (Explained for non-Mormons)

I have been a Mormon all my life, and have always strived to live by the church’s teachings on food and how I can keep my body healthy.  Thank you for taking the time to search this topic and to understand my belief more fully.

I’ll go into as much detail as I can in this blog post, but the truth is that Mormons don’t have many food restrictions.  Our diet is not so very different from any other person.  We eat meat, try to eat with moderation so we stay healthy, and avoid anything that would harm our bodies.

Mormon Teachings on Food

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) believe in the Bible.  We also believe in modern prophets who reveal to us the will of God.  The Mormon prophet Joseph Smith received a revelation from God on health, which is commonly referred to as The Word of Wisdom.

The Word of Wisdom was revealed to Joseph Smith in the 1830s.  It contains admonitions against tobacco and alcohol.  At the time, the thought of tobacco being bad for one’s help was almost entirely unheard-of (though some did suggest this before this revelation).  It was not until the 1950s and later when scientists and doctors came to widely teach the terrible things tobacco was doing to people.

The Word of Wisdom also tells members of the church to avoid hot drinks such as coffee and tea.  This is strange to some who are used to these drinks as a part of everyday life, but to me as a Mormon I really don’t even think about it.  I’ve never had a drink of coffee (and frankly I don’t care to.  It smells terrible in my opinion!).

The Word of Wisdom also teaches members of the church to eat meat sparingly.  No, we aren’t vegetarians and there are no specific types of meat (pork) that are off-limits like in the Old Testament.

Food Storage

Members of the church are counseled to be prepared for natural disasters or times of personal financial hardship.  We do our best to be frugal, save money, and also to keep reasonable stores of food so that we can use them in times of need.

In my family, we try to keep our pantry well stocked.  We keep more food on hand than most people do.  We have a big barrel of wheat and tons of canned goods in our pantry that have a long shelf-life.  I know that if something crazy happened and my business were to fail and we didn’t have money coming in for a short time, I know we’d still be well fed and comfortable during a tough time.

I’m not paranoid about disasters and I don’t have a bunker in my backyard or anything crazy like that; however, I do feel more confident that I’ll always be able to provide for my family because I make some reasonable preparations.


Thank you for being so thoughtful to search info online about my religion and to understand my beliefs.  If you’d like to understand why I’m a Mormon and why I believe in Jesus Christ, check out this blog post.

I’m really grateful for the teaching of my church that help me to be more healthy.


Jim Harmer

I own an online company where I create websites which are read by millions of people. I'm a non-practicing lawyer, husband and a father of three little kiddos. My faith in Christ is the most important aspect of my life, and this blog is where I get to share my beliefs. The rest of the time, I'm riding dirt bikes or traveling the world taking pictures. I live in St George, Utah where I attend my local congregation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Each month, over 30,000 people come to this site to learn about the basic beliefs of my religion, and it's my privilege to share about it. The opinions expressed on this website are not necessarily those of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints as this blog is not an official source of church information. However, every effort is put into providing accurate information in support of the church.

One thought on “Mormon Rules on Food (Explained for non-Mormons)

  1. Thank you, Jim.
    Growing up my neighbors were baptist, hindu, catholic, mormon, muslim, etc.
    I still hold a great admiration, for my childhood friends going on mission to communist russia.
    amazing to me they could take the word literally half a world away.
    But thanks again for shining some light.
    I hope you find the joy in faith that gives me hope for us all.


    prayer is still new to me, but i see god in the wind and the water … i don’t hear him, but i see where he moves the trees and the ocean.
    enjoy tomorrow’s sunrise, every day is new

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