Mormon rules on caffeine and Coca-Cola

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    Tanner H.
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    I’ve heard that Mormons aren’t supposed to have caffeine, but that they’ve signed a deal with Coca-Cola, and that now it is OK for them Mormons to drink Coke products. Is this true?

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    Name : Tanner H., Gender : M, Sexual Orientation : Straight, Race : White/Caucasian, Religion : Lutheran, Age : 18, City : Laramie, State : WY Country : United States, Occupation : Student, Education level : High School Diploma, 
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    Daniel-H
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    I’m a Mormon and have been raised not to drink Coke or other caffeinated soft drinks. However, Coke and the like are not actually forbidden by the Church. We’re advised not to drink them because they can be addictive, but it’s not actually forbidden. (I had my first Coke when I was a missionary for the Church!) We are not allowed to drink coffee, tea or alcohol, though. Moreover, contrary to rumor, the Church does not own Coca-Cola. This website has more information on the matter: http://www.snopes.com/cokelore/mormon.htm

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    Name : Daniel-H, Gender : M, Sexual Orientation : Straight, Race : White/Caucasian, Religion : Mormon, Age : 33, City : Columbus, State : OH Country : United States, Occupation : librarian, Education level : Over 4 Years of College, Social class : Lower middle class, 
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    Natalie20260
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    I hear that the Mormons in Alaska drink caffeine now because of this deal. I don’t know if it’s true if the Mormons signed a deal with Coca-Cola or not. However, even if they did sign a deal with Coke, they wouldn’t change their religion all of a sudden and start drinking caffeine, would they? The reason Mormons don’t drink caffeine is that it’s a ‘drug’; it’s addictive. I’m not saying that they don’t drink caffeine. ‘Good’ Mormons don’t drink caffeine. Or at least they aren’t supposed to. I know so many Mormons, though, who do drink caffeine already. They are just using this deal as an excuse. True, all religions change their ways over time. They conform. The Mormons have changed a few things throughout time; I just don’t understand why caffeine would be so important. This is all just my opinion. I don’t know either way. But I saw your question and I thought I would comment. The only thing I think they did wrong is that they signed the deal with Coke … they should have signed with Pepsi!

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    Name : Natalie20260, Gender : F, City : Worland, State : WY Country : United States, 
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    G. P.
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    I have a lot of friends and family who are Mormon, so I hope this doesn’t offend anyone, but this is one more instance of seemingly hypocritical actions my the LDS church. According to the ‘Word of Wisdom,’ the Mormon advice on how to live various aspects of one’s life, a Mormon should not drink ‘hot drinks.’ This has been interpreted as coffee, tea and anything with caffeine. The Mormons own a major chunk of the Coca-Cola company, but there has been no easing of the ‘Word of Wisdom.’ This may seem contradictory or hypocritical when viewed against LDS teachings, and I have as much trouble reconciling this as much as I do their paying for light rail to run on Sundays during their semi-annual conference, when Mormon doctrine requires people not to work on the Sabbath or to cause others to have to work on the Sabbath.

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    Name : G. P., Gender : M, Sexual Orientation : Gay, Race : White/Caucasian, Religion : Agnostic, Age : 36, City : Salt Lake City, State : UT Country : United States, Education level : Over 4 Years of College, Social class : Upper middle class, 
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    Trudy24913
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    It is not true. We are instructed to abstain from coffee, tea, illegal drugs, tobacco and alcohol. There is no mention of caffeine. Many people choose to abstain from it, but it is left up to the discretion of the individual. Our dietary laws come from God, and not from deals with industry.

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    Name : Trudy24913, Gender : F, Sexual Orientation : Straight, Race : White/Caucasian, Religion : Mormon, Age : 18, City : San Jose, State : CA Country : United States, Occupation : Student, Education level : High School Diploma, 
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    Jeremy R.
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    The Church of Latter Day Saints does not own part of Coke. That’s one of the more stupid urban legends. I’m sure Warren Buffet would be surprised to hear that Mormons own part of HIS company. Berkshire Hathaway holds 200 million shares, or 8 percent of the company, a stake valued at $11 billion. Atlanta’s Emory University has Coca-Cola holdings amounting to $3 billion. That said, 1 percent is worth around $1.5 billion. No, the LDS Church is not THAT wealthy.

    Now, there are a lot of things that you’ll hear from ‘Mormons.’ I’ll be the first to say that I don’t speak for the LDS Church. However, I also don’t try to justify my behavior. It is against Mormon doctrine to disobey God. It is pretty simple, really. Paul said it best: “And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that OBEY him;” (Hebrews 5:9)

    Why Mormons can’t drink coffee, tea, coke, and other products has such a simple answer: God said not to. Does it have to be spelled out in the Doctrine and Covenants (where the Word of Wisdom is found)? Nope. Is it the caffeine? No. Acids? No. Is it because it can be addictive? No. Is it because it rots teeth? Not that, either. Is it OK because it isn’t a ‘hot drink?’ No. Coke is against the Word of Wisdom. Why? Because God said so. And He’s God. He gets to say that. That’s the benefit of being Deity. God also said don’t lie. God didn’t explain Himself to Moses. He just said ‘no.’ Why does there have to be justification? No one questions why Jews don’t eat pork. Why do people question why Mormons don’t drink Coke?

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    Name : Jeremy R., Gender : M, Sexual Orientation : Straight, Race : White/Caucasian, Religion : Mormon, Age : 23, City : Salt Lake City, State : UT Country : United States, Occupation : Student, Education level : 4 Years of College, Social class : Upper class, 
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    Ck
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    I completely agree with you! I’m LDS as well and I admire the way you handle questions about our religion. good job!

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    Kaleb
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    Just as a clarification on the rules of Mormons, caffeine is not specifically forbidden. It is a harmful substance, and is advised to be avoided. However, you can still be a ‘good Mormon’ and drink Coke. As far as the deal with Coke, I think all it is is that the Church bought some stock in Coca-Cola (but I am not sure that this is true). If you want more information, go to http://www.google.com and search for ‘caffeine Mormon,’ it turns up some very good sites.

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    Name : Kaleb, City : Sandy, State : UT Country : United States, 
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