Enjoy that Thanksgiving turkey . . . while you can. You may be a vegetarian during the millennium.
I ran across this little tidbit in Elder Bruce McConkie’s The Millennial Messiah:
“Isaiah gives us these poetically phrased particulars about animal life during the Millennium. ‘The wolf and the lamb shall feed together,’ he says, ‘and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock.’ Implicit in this pronouncement is the fact that man and all forms of life will be vegetarians in the coming day; the eating of meat will cease, because, for one thing, death as we know it ceases. There will be no shedding of blood, because man and beast are changed (quickened) and blood no longer flows in their veins.” (658)
This is not doctrine that I have heard preached elsewhere. However, that doesn’t mean it is without merit.
For one thing, it helps me understand D&C 89:3, a scripture describing how the Word of Wisdom is “adapted to the capacity of the weak and the weakest of the saints.” The wording suggests that the WofW is a lesser/lower law that has been “adapted” from a higher or greater law. Obviously the injunction to use animals for meat “sparingly” would be considered a lesser law than a full vegetarian lifestyle, or something of an adaptation for a “weak” 1800s people used to eating meat three meals a day.
I’m not usually a proponent of looking beyond the mark, but all of us weak, turkey-eating saints might want to consider just how sparingly we eat meat—because if Elder McConkie is right, some of us will have a big adjustment in the last days.