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Temperance, Page 163

of God.” The subject of temperance, in all its bearings, has an important place in the working out of our salvation.—Evangelism, 265.

If men and women perseveringly live in accordance with the laws of life and of health, they will realize the blessed results of an entire health reform.—The Signs of the Times, January 6, 1876.

All Are Being Proved—It is of great importance that individually we act well our part, and have an intelligent understanding of what we should eat and drink, and how we should live to preserve health. All are being proved to see whether they will accept the principles of health reform or follow a course of self-indulgence.—Counsels on Diet and Foods, 34.

Chapter 6—Total Abstinence Our Position

The Only Safe Course—The only safe course is to touch not, taste not, handle not, tea, coffee, wines, tobacco, opium, and alcoholic drinks. The necessity for the men of this generation to call to their aid the power of the will, strengthened by the grace of God, in order to withstand the temptations of Satan and resist the least indulgence of perverted appetite is twice as great as it was several generations ago. But the present generation have less power of self-control than had those who lived then.—Testimonies for the Church 3:488.

Let us never partake of a glass of alcoholic liquor. Let us never touch it.—Manuscript 38a, 1905.

The Will to Touch Not, Taste Not, and Handle Not—If all would be vigilant and faithful in guarding the little openings made by the moderate use of the so-called harmless wine and cider, the highway to drunkenness would be closed up. What is needed in every community is firm purpose, and a will to touch not, taste not, handle not; then the temperance

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