By: Moroni Channel
Salt Lake City Utah, USA
Salt Lake City -- In an article published by Mormon Newsroom, the church indicated that caffeine is not explicitly against the church's Word of Wisdom -- a set of guidelines for members that forbids the use of tobacco, alcohol and "hot drinks."
Church Response to the said manner: "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 prohibits alcoholic drinks, smoking or chewing of tobacco, and “hot drinks” — taught by Church leaders to refer specifically to tea and coffee."
Mormons are free to down a Coke or Pepsi. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has clarified its position on caffeinated soft drinks, noting the news media often incorrectly states that its members are forbidden to drink caffeine according to a news article published by Heraldextra.
"For me it's more of I don't want to get addicted to it. I don't want to be like, 'I need my caffeine today,' " said Dave Rollins, who carried a caffeine-free Diet Coke.
A statement released by lds.org about the stance of the church for caffeine usage.
Doctrine and Covenants 89:9 says we shouldn’t drink “hot drinks.” The only official interpretation of this term is the statement made by early Church leaders that it means tea and coffee. Caffeine is not specifically mentioned as the reason not to drink these drinks.
A news article published by Ben Winslow to FOX 13 says that the LDS Church-owned Brigham Young University, caffeinated drinks are not sold. It is not because of a church or university edict, said spokeswoman Carri Jenkins, but customer demand.
"Dining Services has made the decision to not sell or serve caffeinated beverages on campus," she told FOX 13. "Simply based on what our customers want or do not want."
Jenkins said students would not violate BYU's Honor Code by consuming caffeine, nor would people be forbidden from bringing it on campus. The university would also revisit the sale of caffeine-full soda -- if it became an issue of demand.
"It's just something we'll have to look at," Jenkins said.
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