A Warning about “Conspiring Men”

Doctrine and Covenants 89:4

4 Behold, verily, thus saith the Lord unto you: In consequence of evils and designs which do and will exist in the hearts of conspiring men in the last days, I have warned you, and forewarn you, by giving unto you this word of wisdom by revelation. . . .

President Russell M. Nelson said:

“[A] step toward self-mastery comes from obedience to the Word of Wisdom. . . . As you develop courage to say no to alcohol, tobacco, and other stimulants, you gain additional strength. You can then refuse conspiring men—those seditious solicitors of harmful substances. . . . You can reject their evil enticements to your body. If you yield to anything that can addict, and thus defy the Word of Wisdom, your spirit surrenders to the body. The flesh then enslaves the spirit. This is contrary to the purpose of your mortal existence. And in the process of such addiction, your life span is likely to be shortened, thereby reducing the time available for repentance by which your spirit might attain self-mastery over your body.”

(“Self-Mastery,” Ensign, Nov. 1985, 31.)