D&C 89:2 not by commandment nor constraint
D&C 89:5 use wine for the sacrament
D&C 89:17 mild barley drink aka beer is good for men
D&C (LDS 89:2,5,17) (RLDS 86) (1835 80) (1844 81)
2 To be sent greeting; not by commandment or constraint, but by revelation and the word of wisdom, showing forth the order and will of God in the temporal salvation of all saints in the last days—
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.
17 Nevertheless, wheat for man, and corn for the ox, and oats for the horse, and rye for the fowls and for swine, and for all beasts of the field, and barley for all useful animals, and for mild drinks, as also other grain.
CONSTRAINT, noun Irresistible force, or its effect; any force, or power, physical or moral, which compels to act or to forbear action, or which urges so strongly as to produce its effect upon the body or mind; compulsion; restraint; confinement.
Not by constraint but by my choice, I came.
Feed the flock of God, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint but willingly. 1 Peter 5:2.
2. Not acrid, pungent, corrosive or drastic; operating gently; not acrimonious; demulcent; mollifying; lenitive; assuasive; as a mild LIQUOR; a mild cataplasm; a mild cathartic or emetic.
1835 D&C 80:2 (Word of Wisdom). Click for whole page.
LDS church added a comma after “used” and it changes the meaning to eat meat sparingly all the time to some of the time.
D&C 1835 80:2 (see above) And it is pleasing unto me that they should not be used only in times of winter, or of cold, or famine.
D&C LDS 1921 89:13 And it is pleasing unto me that they should not be used, only in times of winter, or of cold, or famine.
This post I did shows verses from the Book of Mormon how the righteous ate meat all the time, even while vegetation was abunbant.
BoM verse regarding eating meat sparingly all the time
I quote some examples showing how the interpretation of the Word of Wisdom, Doctrine and Covenants (LDS 89) (RLDS 86) (1835 80) (1844 81), has changed over time.
Anthony E Larson
We talk about the Word of Wisdom, which Anne gave some very good insights including explaining in season.
Scripture Study 2020-05-14
A Word of Wisdom: Part 1 Marijuana and Mormonism
A Word of Wisdom: Part 2 Traditions Stronger Than Doctrine
A Word of Wisdom: Part 3 Where there is no law
A Word of Wisdom: Part 4 yea, pure wine, of your own make
A Word of Wisdom: Part 5 Strong drinks…. for washing…
A Word of Wisdom: Part 6 only in times of winter or famine
A Word of Wisdom: Part 6 Who is the destroying angel?
A Word of Wisdom: Part 6 Tithes of Mint
James E Talmage experimented with cannabis:
Mar 17. I have been engaged some time in the study of the effects of Narcotics upon the system, i.e. studying the same theoretically only.
James E Talmage, March 1884, History of the Word of Wisdom, Mar 17, 1884
Below is a quote from an LDS leader stating that hot chocolate is bad, along with hot soups, showing the interpretation of hot drinks has changed through time
We are told, and very plainly too, that hot drinks – tea, coffee, chocolate, cocoa and all drinks of this kind are not good for man. We are also told that alcoholic drinks are not good, and that tobacco when either smoked or chewed is an evil. We are told that swine’s flesh is not good, and that we should dispense with it; and we are told that flesh of any kind is not suitable to man in the summer time, and ought to be eaten sparingly in the winter…
…we must feed our children properly…. We must not permit them to drink liquor or hot drinks, or hot soups or to use tobacco or other articles that are injurious. JD. V.12:221&223. George Q. Cannon, 7 Apr 1868
Wilford Woodruff drinking coffee and brandy well after Brigham Young had the saints vote, no revelation from the Lord, to make Word of Wisdom manditory.
I was quite restless all night. Felt chilly. Took a little Brandy sling and a cup of coffee, and slept some before daylight and until 9 am…
Wilford Woodruff Journal, 9 Jun 1897