You know something I think of alot and wonder if any of y`all do is that
Joseph Smith would not even drink the whiskey they tried to give him to dull
the pain when they worked on his leg, do we rely on medicine instead of
priesthood blessings and our Heavenly Father too much?
Just wondered what your feelings are on this?
Sandra

> The question then remains:  Can we legitimately use substances which would
> lower our anxiety level, especially if those substances are said to be
> nonaddictive?
>
> Stacy.
>
> At 05:52 PM 11/19/2002 +0000, you wrote:
>
> >-Stacy-
> > > I've long suspected that psychoactive drugs, while helping
> > > someone to feel better, also lessens perception of personal
> > > revelation.  Am I right?
> >
> >I'm no authority on the matter, but I believe you are. As a general
> >rule, it seems transparently obvious to me that altering one's brain
> >chemistry can't lead to closer communion with the Spirit of God.
> >Individual exceptions doubtless exist regarding those who supplement
> >their natural deficiencies with attempted replacement; for example, I
> >doubt epilepsy _per se_ brings people unto Christ, so Dilantin or
> >something of the sort may well put those so afflicted in a literally
> >better frame of mind.
> >
> >One of my favorite missionary companions, who became a close personal
> >friend both during and after my mission, told me of his pre-mission,
> >pre-Church-activity drug usage. He said that, in retrospect, a cocaine
> >high reminded him of nothing so much as a deep spiritual experience --
> >except that there was no communion with the Spirit, and that true
> >spirituality doesn't end with a "crash" that leaves the person suicidal.
> >He believed that many drug users crave this feeling of spiritual peace
> >and serenity, and that's why they become addicted.
> >
> >I realize you probably weren't talking about illegal drug usage, but I
> >thought it a relevant insight anyway.
> >
> >Stephen
> >
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