For Mondays, I thought to alliteratively write about Mormonism. Technically, we Mormons are officially members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and are to drop any name but that. …That might work for Tuesdays…. Since many still run with the nickname of ‘Mormon,’ however, I will keep pace.
My other note is that I will keep to official doctrinal practices. I will add my own application of them, especially in response to comments.
My final note is that I LOVE discussing anything I write. Don’t be rude, obviously, but any and all queries or responses are welcome.
My final note beyond the final note is that I do not seek to convert anyone. I ought to, but am motivated by forming connections, answering curiosity, and straightening pictures. So, you’re safe.
I’m a Mormon, so I do not drink coffee.
In the Doctrine and Covenants, scriptures containing revelations given to Joseph Smith and a few prophets following him, we Latter-day Saints are given a list of healthy guidelines. They range from no alcoholic drinks to no tobacco to eating meat sparingly …to no coffee.
And again, hot drinks are not for the body or belly.D&C 89:9
‘Hot drinks?’ What about cocoa or wassail? you might wonder.
The only official interpretation of “hot drinks” (Doctrine and Covenants 89:9) in the Word of Wisdom is the statement made by early Church leaders that the term “hot drinks” means tea and coffee.
Members should not use any substance that contains illegal drugs. Nor should members use harmful or habit-forming substances except under the care of a competent physician.Selected Church Policies and Guidelines, 21.3.11
Not drinking coffee or tea is the official rule for members of the LDS church. Herbal teas, cocoa, Ovaltine, apple cider, Postum, wassail, warm milk, and hot sodas are all fine (so long as they’re non-alcoholic).
I, personally, avoid cold coffees as well. I eat desserts which contain coffee, but rarely. I’m not fond of the taste in general and have never wanted to take up drinking it. For one thing, I read that consuming a hot mug of joe every morning will not do much for you. One’s body acclimates to the level of alertness the caffeine provides, thus dumping the drinker’s brain to only a normal level once the drink is drunk.
I’m dragging along many days but it’s only M&Ms what fuel me.
©2022 Chel Owens