I recently taught an Elders Quorum lesson based on President Nelson’s April 2019 General Conference Priesthood Session talk entitled “We Can Do Better and Be Better.” President Nelson remarked that “when Jesus asks you and me to ‘repent,’ He is inviting us to change our mind, our knowledge, our spirit - even the way we breath. He is asking us to change the way we love, think, serve, spend our time, treat our [spouses], teach our children, and even care for our bodies.”
Whilst perusing the innerwebs during a recent December day, I stumbled upon a meme that showed an interminable number of people with the caption THE GYM, TWO WEEKS FROM TODAY… I of course chuckled at the absurdity of truth to this image, thinking about all the good intentioned folks who after gorging themselves on holiday fare and gaining the inevitable pounds from such activity, determine to “get into shape” for the New Year! What was missing from this meme was a subsequent image of the same space some few days later, showing a much smaller number of people more serious about such a commitment. I have a feeling most of us would not be pictured in such a second shot.
To assist those who wish to commit to a healthier and wellness-oriented lifestyle, we present our first Health & Wellness issue. As members of the Church, we are commanded, by virtue of The Word of Wisdom (D&C 89), to live a healthy lifestyle. As with all commandments, we need help, motivation and goals to achieve what The Lord asks or especially commands us to do. Recall that He directs us as such because He loves us and wants us to be happy. “…men are that they might have joy” (2Ne 2:25). When we are healthy, we experience joy. Conversely, when we are not healthy, we find it difficult being joyful. The Lord wants and needs joyful servants!
To this end we invite you to explore the pages of this issue, checking out the articles, AND the ads from companies concerned about your health and wellness. We worked hard to provide content to appeal to all Latter-day Saint lifestyles.
We look forward to your feedback about this issue. You may reach us on our Facebook page (@BeehiveNews), Instagram feed (@the_arizona_beehive), or comment section of our website (ArizonaBeehive.com). Let us know what you think, and any ideas you may have for our next Health & Wellness issue.
Cheers to you, our faithful Arizona Beehive reader, in the coming year. We look forward to joyfully serving you in 2019.