The Stake President’s message this time was mainly about the Energy Drink “epidemic.” He began by reminding us that the Ensign is scripture. Then encouraged us to go home and read the article on energy drinks with our children.
First, let me say a couple of things:
I like the article. It is written by an MD who works at a family practice and volunteers at the MTC. The graphics are a bit neon, drugs-are-scary kind of graphics, but the chart that shows caffeine levels is informative, and the pictures of spiders on caffeine is very cool.
I agree that energy drinks are an inappropriate staple in anyone’s diet, and from what I can tell, the fad among teenagers and college students is damaging.
Next, my questions:
Is Ensign scripture? How much? Is every poem that Pres. Monson quotes, or every anecdotal story told scripture? Is it only the First Presidency messages, or is Shari Phippen’s inspiring story also scripture? Does this elevate her to the level of prophetess? Does one have to be a prophet to write scripture, or is there a difference between prophetic writing and scripture? Is our RS/PH manual scripture, or only the documents added to the offical canon (Official Declarations/Proclomations)?
Is the church responsible for the well-being of its members, including public health anouncements? The Word of Wisdom would seem to suggest so. Why do we restrict such anouncements to behavioral issues, and is this article an argument for including energy drinks in the prohibitions found in the WoW?
Almost every definition of scripture that I have seen includes mention of the Bible. It is most often a collection of sacred writings associate with a religion (most often Christianity). There is only one from Webster’s that defines scripture as: “1. Anything written; a writing; a document; an inscription.”
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