Did you hear? Diet Coke is now the official drink of the Mormons! Just playin' ya'll that ain't true, but in an effort to clear up some of the errors on Rock Center's "Mormons in America," a recent television special that aired on NBC, the LDS Newsroom posted Mormonism in the News: Getting It Right and said this about caffeine:
Despite what was reported, the Church revelation spelling out health practices (Doctrine and Covenants 89) does not mention the use of caffeine. The Church’s health guidelines prohibit alcoholic drinks, smoking or chewing of tobacco, and “hot drinks” — taught by Church leaders to refer specifically to tea and coffee.We Sistas decided a few months ago that we would embark on "30 Days of WoW", a self imposed challenge to follow the Word of Wisdom verbatim and chronicle the effects, both spiritual and temporal. We're starting on October 1st. Following the Word of Wisdom word for word is not as simple as it sounds, some aspects of the WoW seem vague, open to interpretation or have been taught, but aren't necessarily written and caffeine consumption is one of those. Over the years we've heard many things regarding LDS health guidelines and the Word of Wisdom such as:
- The caffeine in coffee and tea is the reason why Mormons don't consume these drinks.
- BYU doesn't serve caffeine and there must be a greater spiritual reason for that.
- Caffeine is an addictive substance so it should not be consumed.
- Caffeine is not against the Word of Wisdom, but we are counseled not to use it.
- No "hot drinks:" tea and coffee are out but herbal teas are fine.
- Eat meat sparingly: it's ok to ignore this one.
- No alcohol: alcohol free beers like O'Dules are ok, they have less alcohol than NyQuil.
- Herbs are good: smoke a joint.
What do you think we should refrain from as we try to live the Word of Wisdom word for word?
Go With God,
Sista Beehive & Sista Laurel