Everyone knows Mormons can’t drink Coke!

Posted on September 6, 2012 by

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I was just wondering why mormons aren’t allowed to drink coke?

Ah yes the age old debate about drinking Coke, Pepsi or other sodas with caffeine in them. The urban legends run the spectrum for instance:

The LDS church owns a large part of Pepsi, so it forces its members to not drink Coke

This one has a lot of variations on it but you get the idea, the church leaders have some hidden motive to control the church members daily soda habits. Many church members will quote that President Gordon B. Hinckley offhandedly told “60 Minutes” that Mormons avoid caffeine. Recently NBC’s Rock Center Provides Evenhanded Report on Mormonism the mormonnewsroom.org said:

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.

Mormon folklore has often been repeated by well meaning LDS members have believed that drinking a Coca-Cola is so close to drinking coffee that it made your worthiness questionable. Member of the quorum of the twelve apostles Bruce R. McConkie, was a prolific writer and considered imbibing Coke as a violation of the “spirit” of the Word of Wisdom. The church is not coming out and saying that drinking Coke or Pepsi is a good health choice, it is however saying that nobody is considered “unworthy” if they do. The Salt Lake Tribune reports:

In the end, it’s up to individual Latter-day Saints to decide what to drink.

“I can understand why the church is cautious,” Jorgensen wrote in an email. “Saying that caffeine is OK might sound like saying that caffeine is healthy, maybe even an endorsement of caffeine. Plus, I think members need opportunities to work through questions of right and wrong for themselves.” Caffeine, he said, “is the perfect, low-risk testing ground for members to make decisions for themselves.”

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