The article deals with theological norms underlying reason and eating guidelines and rules connected with dietary restrictions among the followers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons). The main purpose of the article is to provide the material on the basis of primary sources of Scripture, theological investigations of Mormon scholars, and works of representatives of secular religious studies. Considering the aspect of the theology of food, the author draws a conclusion that the fundamental meaning of chapter 89 and ritual practices of the church are closely to the instructions given in the scriptures correlated with behavior of a group of believers.
The most important point in this case is refusal of alcohol, tobacco, and hot drinks like tea or coffee. Above that LDS Church encourages their members to provide own farm or, if possible, to have enough food during the whole next year for the entire family. Analyzing some parts from Mormon scriptural canon we try to understand why the theology of food is such important for Mormons not only in the daily life but also in the afterlife. It is very important to understand that Mormon theology of food is not only practical for a believer’s life. It’s also part of the common economic policy of the Church depending on revelations that we can find in the Doctrine and Covenants. We need to realize clearly that private revelations in the theology of this religious denomination have much higher priority than private revelations in, for example, Catholicism.
Key words: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, revelations, bio spirituality, fasting, food, abstinence
About the author
Siarhei A. Anoshka – MA (Theology), PhD student at the Department of Religious Studies and Interreligious Dialogue,
Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw;