Read this beautiful article sent to me by my friend:
OK, Mormons, drink up — Coke and Pepsi are OK
Health » Church posts statement clarifying — again — that caffeinated sodas are not off-limits.
By Peggy Fletcher Stack
| The Salt Lake Tribune
Maybe now, reporters, bloggers, outsiders and even many Mormons will accept that the Utah-based LDS Church does not forbid cola drinking.
On Wednesday, the LDS Church posted a statement on its website saying that "the church does not prohibit the use of caffeine" and that the faith’s health-code reference to "hot drinks" "does not go beyond [tea and coffee]."
A day later, the website wording was slightly softened, saying only that "the church revelation spelling out health practices ... does not mention the use of caffeine."
Same goes for the church’s two-volume handbook, which stake presidents, bishops and other LDS leaders use to guide their congregations. It says plainly that "the only official interpretation of ‘hot drinks’ (D&C 89:9) in the Word of Wisdom is the statement made by early church leaders that the term ‘hot drinks’ means tea and coffee."
That doesn’t mean church leaders view caffeinated drinks as healthy. They just don’t bar members from, say, pounding a Pepsi, downing a Dew or sipping a hot chocolate.
Even LDS presidential nominee Mitt Romney has been seen drinking an occasional Diet Coke, and Mormon missionaries in France routinely imbibe caffeinated colas — without embarrassment or consequences.
This week’s clarification on caffeine "is long overdue," said Matthew Jorgensen, a Mormon and longtime Mountain Dew drinker.
Jorgensen, who is doing a two-year research fellowship in Germany, grew up "in a devout Mormon household, in a small, devout Mormon town," where his neighbors and church leaders viewed "drinking a Coca-Cola as so close to drinking coffee that it made your worthiness ... questionable."
That view was magnified when LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley offhandedly told "60 Minutes" that Mormons avoid caffeine. Several earlier LDS leaders, including apostle Bruce R. McConkie, considered imbibing Coke as a violation of the "spirit" of the Word of Wisdom.
It was dictated in 1833 by Mormon founder Joseph Smith and bars consumption of wine, strong drinks (alcohol), tobacco and "hot drinks," which have been defined by church authorities as tea and coffee.
Even so, many outsiders and plenty of insiders get that wrong.
Journalists — from The New York Times’ columnist Maureen Dowd to The Associated Press — have often stated that Mormons don’t drink caffeine. Last week, NBC News’ hourlong feature on Mormonism made the same mistake, prompting the church’s initial statement on its website.
That blog post was later tweaked, according to church spokesman Scott Trotter, "to clarify its intent, which was to provide context to the NBC piece."
Part of the confusion stems from LDS Church-owned Brigham Young University, which neither sells nor serves caffeinated drinks.
But BYU spokeswoman Carri Jenkins explains that is "not a university or church decision, but made by dining services, based on what our customers want."
There has not "been a demand for it," Jenkins said Thursday. "We are constantly evaluating what those needs and desires are."
Indeed, fully caffeinated colas are available in the church’s Joseph Smith Memorial Building restaurants and in the Lion House Pantry next to the faith’s headquarters in downtown Salt Lake City.
(sorry...I couldn't get the end of the article of copy over to my post)
Well, well.....like I didn't know this, but it's about time. While watching NBC's "The Mormon's" on RockCenter, I almost gagged at the lady who said she remembers the one time she drank a Coke. Yeah....she remembers it because it was awesome! But I do think it prompted the church to clarify this little arguing point with us Mormons. I seriously never understood why people felt guilty or apologized for it.
As a child, Coke was the drink given to us as toddlers by my southern Grandma. It practically ran through our veins. Co-cola was a big part of the southern culture if you couldn't have iced tea. In Utah, nobody used to balk at the sight of a Coke. A little shock of caffeine was good for your day. Once I met Bill, I guess I understood it a bit better. Having grown up in California, people would ask him about it a lot. They didn't want to be seen drinking it because it was viewed as wrong by non-members. There really had never been that public clarification. Don't worry. Marrying me got him all caffeined up. He pounds a Dr. Pepper better than the rest of my family.
But, we little judgy-judge Mormons aren't much better. I remember being a leader a girl's camp a few years back. One of the leaders showed up on the 3rd day with a big case of Diet Coke for the leaders. We were more than appreciative! Except one leader who snarked around that "we were so awful that we can't live without it for more than 2 days." The same lady sure had enough chocolate bars up there, which also have a lot of caffeine, I might add. I don't know. Maybe I'm weak. I've quit several times for various reasons, but have always been happy to return.
In moderation. Like everything else. Is it healthy, NO! But sadly, it's kind of a bright light in a mommy's day. Our days seem to be completely monotonous or crazy insane. There isn't much middle ground I've learned. Truly, growing up, my parents were sure it could fix certain ailments, and whose to say it didn't cure my diarrhea or stomach flu? I will say I do know better than to give it to certain children of mine except on rare events like New Year's Eve....and stomach flu.
And one more thing......I laughed so very hard at the BYU food service man saying there hasn't "been a demand" for it on campus. Really? I lived next door the Hart's convenient store. The perfect place to stop on your way up to campus to fill up on the DC. It had plenty of business from sleep-deprived students. If I were still a student at BYU, this is a cause I could get behind.
I have to say my little rebellious heart wanted to end testimony meeting today with one of two things; We had a couple "Mitt-amonies" going on, and I thought I should maybe bring my viewpoint to the podium. Or I should have talked about this wonderful revelation from the church over caffeine. Either could've gotten Bill released, right? My Bishop is too cool.
Do you have a Diet Coke-amony, too?