Musings on the Mind-Body Connection The Mormon teaching that our bodies are ‘temples” and are sacred probably appears most often as part of the obligatory and frequent “chastity” discussions with teenagers. This doctrine, somewhat less frequently, may also be invoked in Word of Wisdom discussions. Finally, Primary lessons may note that coming to the earth to obtain a body is a major purpose of this life and necessary to progression. De we, as member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as Christians, or even as humans, do ourselves a disservice by limiting this discussion rather than exploring the connections between our bodies and our spiritual lives? This session considers physical, emotional, and spiritual connections, posits that better understanding of our own bodies can help spiritual growth, and throws out random thoughts and questions on what still remains much of a mystery to the author.
Carolyn M. White