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Mormon Monday: Mormons & Coffee

I knew this question was going to be one of the first to pop up. A lovely lady named Sarah commented and explained that a Mormon lady told her that Mormons don't drink coffee or alcohol. She was curious as to why soda is okay but coffee isn't. So I am going to do my best to answer.

To begin, Mormons believe in what we call "The Word of Wisdom." The Word of Wisdom was given to a man named Joseph Smith through revelation in 1833. What the Word of Wisdom entails is that we should steer away from hot drinks such as tea & coffee as well as other things like tobacco, alcohol, and other harmful drugs. The revelation given to Joseph Smith was WAY before medical science and society even knew these types of substances were bad for you. This is one of the many reasons I know for a fact the Word of Wisdom was truly given from God.

When the laws of tea & coffee were put in place, many members of the church assumed that this had to do with caffeine. However, the church never prohibited caffeine. In fact, the church actually came out with an announcement not too long ago where they stated this information. Click here to read more. Countless people say, "Ok. So what about soda pop? Because that can be extremely harmful too." The main thing the church is asking us to do is to watch & avoid anything that can be addicting. Our leaders have advised us against harmful habit-forming substances that can be addictive. Because think about it...most things that are addictive are not healthy for our bodies. The church advises us to keep our bodies healthy, to exercise and to eat healthy food items regularly.

The Word of Wisdom is a very basic law which basically depends on your personal agency. The law is meant to give us instruction. From there, we can use our own judgment and run with it.

Source:
Doctrine and Covenants Student Manual

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 These answers are purely answered to the best of my knowledge. I will always cite where I received my answer if it is not from my heart. 

8 comments

  1. I love that you are doing this! I tried to do it for awhile but let doubt get the best of me and felt like I wasn't smart enough to do it. You are inspiring! And you did a great job!

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  2. I love this!! Your idea for Mormon Monday is so great. I have been looking for ways to talk about the gospel on my blog as well so I definitely look to you for inspiration!! You Go Girl!! Can't wait for conference in a couple weeks!
    XO Courtney
    unpredictableandchic22.blogspot.com

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  3. I love this Mormon Mondays who have going. I've definitely had to answer that question before to people. I think you answered it great!!

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  4. Just curious... Why would the Mormon church base a law off of Man's "revelation" instead of the Word of God? I mean no offense. I am a strong Christian and I believe that our bodies are temples for God and we need to keep them healthy but I believe that because the Bible says it-- not because of a man's revelation in 1833. Coffee and tea also have some known health benefits in addition to their addictive nature which is due to caffeine (also in cola/soda) where as soda/cola have no known health benefits. I think we need to be very careful what we base Church law off of (Faith in the word of God vs. Interpretations/revelations of flawed mankind) because that is where the difference of Faith and Religion presents itself. Faith is core beliefs in what Christ did for us vs. following church rules in hopes of proving you are worthy. We are not worthy except through Christ. Again, I mean no offense, just another opinion. I really appreciate your blog and enjoy your posts. Thank you.

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    1. Hey Carrie. I appreciate your comment & curiosity. We believe in Modern Day Prophets who speak through God to us. Joseph Smith is a prophet. Just like our Modern Day prophets today - like Thomas S. Monson.

      You can go ahead and say that coffee and tea have their known health benefits, that is completely fine. It's just like saying weed is totally fine (and good for you, too!) because it's an herb. There is a reason for everything. And we don't know everything. If we did, there would be no point.

      As far as faith goes, I have faith. A ton of it. I have faith in God and faith that he speaks through our living prophets. This faith is not of a flawed man, it is of God.

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  5. Thanks so much for answering my question. That makes a lot more sense than it did before.
    Congratulations on the new home. My husband and I moved into our first home last year, and it is truly a great feeling having your own place with a yard and something to take care of.

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  6. Thanks so much for answering my question. That makes a lot more sense than it did before.
    Congratulations on the new home. My husband and I moved into our first home last year, and it is truly a great feeling having your own place with a yard and something to take care of.

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  7. You are so awesome. So so awesome.

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