The value of the warning provided in the Word of Wisdom wasn’t well understood at the time it was given, but is now well established. Those who followed the warning have been significantly blessed. What other spiritual warnings are the Lord, and the leaders of His church, providing today?
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 D&C 89:4
Early warning signals are evident in many aspects of our lives. For example, a fever can be a first symptom of sickness or disease. Various financial and labor market indicators are used to forecast future trends in local and national economies. And depending upon the area of the world in which we live, we may receive flood, avalanche, hurricane, tsunami, tornado, or winter storm warnings. We also are blessed by spiritual early warning signals as a source of protection and direction in our lives… Consider the language of the Lord in the revelation known as the Word of Wisdom: “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”. Spiritual warnings should lead to increasingly vigilant watching. You and I live in “a day of warning”. And because we have been and will be warned, we need to be, as the Apostle Paul admonished, “watching … with all perseverance”.
Elder David A. Bednar