Summary: The “Word of Wisdom” is a health code practiced by members of the Latter-Day
Saint (LDS) movement. Adherence to the Word of Wisdom is a prerequisite for baptism,
missionary service, church school attendance, and entrance to LDS temples. The Word
of Wisdom was purportedly received by LDS founder, Joseph Smith, Jr., as a revelation
from God in 1833. It was later canonized as scripture in the Doctrine and Covenants.
In an indictment against contemporary church members, the children of Zion, and leaders
of the House of Christ, God chastises those who have strayed from his word and forsaken
their covenants (W:3:6-30).
The author of the Song of God, Archie D. Wood, Sr. (aka Azrael Ondi-Ahman), converted
to the LDS church while serving in Viet Nam (see Personal Testimony), and remained
a member for several years prior to his first mountain experience in 1979. While
the indictment found in the book of Wisdom applies to any and all corrupt religious
institutions and practices, it clearly includes both the leadership and membership
of the Latter-Day Saint movement (Wisdom, chapters 1-13).