Nourish Purposefully

In studying, discovering and claiming my role as a mother, I considered the word “nurture” deeply, and sought the council of the Lord in understanding it.

One definition of nurture, is found in the 1828 Noah Webster’s Dictionary:


  1. That which nourishes; food; diet.
  2. That which promotes growth; education; instruction. Eph 6.

NUR’TURE, v.t.

  1. To feed; to nourish.
  2. To educate; to bring or train up.

When I consider the definition of what it means to nurture, I cannot deny that I have a great responsibility to carefully tend to the diet and education (Teach Fearlessly) of my children, nourishing both body and mind.  I have come to understand through my own experience that the two are inseparably linked and the ultimate growth of the human spirit depends upon the care given to the two simultaneously.

Jane Birch, author of Discovering the Word of Wisdom, convinced me to share my story of asking God .  After nearly a year of delay, I did agree to share my story of why I eat a whole foods plant based diet.  It started out as a quest for increased revelation, not a healthy diet. I asked God to show me the path to have revelation like unto Daniel of the Old Testament… and he led me to change my diet, and THEN to the increased revelation.

She told me after 1 week on her blog it had the most views of any post on the site history.  The feedback I have received from sharing has been a surprise to me to find out how many others have had similar experiences and even more who have had similar struggles.  If you’d like to read of my conversion to whole food plant based eating, you can read the post on Jane’s site:

Discovering the Word of Wisdom – Karmel Larson’s story

If you are interested in learning more about this way of eating, may I recommend the following resources to begin:

  • God – ask him if you should change your diet… He will absolutely give you an answer if you ask with “real intent”.
  • Forks Over Knives Documentary
  • LDS Video Series on Addiction – Food Addiction
  • Utah Valley Whole Foods Monthly Potluck Group: Join FB Group


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