Wildlife & The Word of Wisdom

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Episode 13: Wildlife & The Word of Wisdom
Andrew Hedges
August 2020

The Latter-day Saint dietary revelation known as the Word of Wisdom is a well-known tenet of our faith.  It teaches to abstain from alcohol, tobacco, coffee, and tea.  There is also, however, counsel on animal wildlife. We may think we understand what the Word of Wisdom is teaching here, but perhaps it’s worth a closer look. In this episode, Dr. Andrew Hedges shares his fascinating research contextualizing and applying the terms “fowls of the air” and “wild animals” in the revelatory text.


’A Forbearance of Restraint:’ American Wildlife and the Word of Wisdom,” Mormon Historical Studies, vol. 19, no. 2, 2018.