Book of Mormon Notes– How deep can you dig?

2009, March 24

“Book of Mormon: Healing Medicine for LDS/ Mormons” by grego

Book of Mormon: Healing Medicine for LDS/ Mormons
by grego

Today, most American Mormons/ LDS are pretty strict Western medicine-only people, especially when it comes to threatening/ serious diseases, like cancer. Even going near “something else” makes many freak out (as in, many of my family). It has almost become a part of our Articles of Faith: “We believe that doctors have been called of God, by prophecy, to cure us from all diseases and provide medicine from God, and others are anathema.”

If Western medicine can’t cure it, it *can’t* be cured, plain and simple. Unless…

Unless, of course, it’s of the devil.

Ok. So, what… The devil wants to cure people, make people better and healthy, give them more happiness, lessen their pain, allow them to spend good happy time with their families, etc.? But, I thought he wanted to make people miserable? It’s something I’ve thought about many times–why not? Keep them from things that will make them turn to God, right? But does that happen in many instances? It’s possible, but is it likely the case? I think usually not.

So what’s going on here?

For most of it, I refer you to my previous article about “Three Spirits”.

I can give you the only reference that I’ve found to medicine/ health in the Book of Mormon (there are just a few in Doctrine and Covenants), and let the LDS reader decide if the book is true or not, and if so, hopefully open their mind just a little more to alternative medicine:

Alma 46:40 And there were some who died with fevers, which at some seasons of the year were very frequent in the land—but not so much so with fevers, because of the *excellent qualities of the many plants and roots which God had prepared* to remove the cause of diseases, to which men were subject by the nature of the climate—

Something to contemplate…

(P.S. Those plants and roots didn’t necessarily have a brand name on them… Even many good dried herbs can contain poison from the drying/ preserving process, so ask before you buy! You might want to consider asking and buying from a real herbalist that doesn’t use those methods, rather than from a big manufacturing and distributing company.)


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  1. It is true that among God’s creations there are many natural remedies. But that verse from the Book of Mormon, and all of the verses from the Doctrine and Covenants on the subject of herbal medicine (like 42:43) were written before modern medicine even existed. These verses are hardly a referendum on modern medicine.

    I am a medical doctor, and I practice in Utah. It has not been my experience that all Mormons believe in mainstream medicine. I think we are all over the map. A lot of people in my own family are in the alternative medicine camp, and can you even count the number of multi-level marketing companies based in Utah which sell some natural remedy or other?

    I am not opposed to alternative medicine. I think there is a time and place for it, just as there is a time and place for the kind of medicine I practice. You may be interested to read my recent post on this topic: https://mormondoctor.com/2018/04/15/alternative-medicine/

    Comment by Alan Sanderson — 2018, April 16 @ 1:38 pm


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