“Wine or Strong Drink . . . Is Not Good”

Doctrine and Covenants 89:5–7

5 That inasmuch as any man drinketh wine or strong drink among you, behold it is not good, neither meet in the sight of your Father, only in assembling yourselves together to offer up your sacraments before him.
6 And, behold, this should be wine, yea, pure wine of the grape of the vine, of your own make.
7 And, again, strong drinks are not for the belly, but for the washing of your bodies.

President Spencer W. Kimball wrote:

“Drinking is a curse of our day. . . . To drink the forbidden alcoholic beverages is a sin for us who have made covenants with God and have been commanded to abstain. No one will ever become an alcoholic who never breaks the law of the Lord concerning drinking. . . . Liquor is common in train and plane. To many, the cocktail hour is indispensable. . . . How barren the host who can entertain only by serving liquor to guests, and how desolate the guest who cannot have a good time without liquor!

“Drinking curses all whom it touches—the seller and the buyer and the consumer. It brings deprivation and sorrow to numerous innocent ones. It is associated with graft, immorality, gambling, fraud, gangsterism, and most other vices. In its wake come wasted money, deprived families, deteriorated bodies, reduced minds, numerous accidents. It has everything against it, nothing for it, yet states sell it and receive revenue from it, and it has become an accepted ‘normal’ part of modern life.”

(The Miracle of Forgiveness [1969], 55.)

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