Joel H. Johnson, with whose family the Prophet was intimate, relates that on a Sabbath day in July (1833) following the giving of the “Word of Wisdom,” when both Joseph and Hyrum Smith were in the stand, the Prophet said to the Saints: “I understand that some of the people are excusing themselves in using tea and coffee, because the Lord only said ‘hot drinks’ in the revelation of the Word of Wisdom. FairMormon is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing well-documented answers to criticisms of the doctrine, practice, and history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Each of us as members of the Church has a responsibility to represent the Church in the best light possible. I want to say to you that from the beginning of this Church, in the days of the Prophet Joseph, down to the present time, the leaders of this Church have interpreted that Word of Wisdom to include tea and coffee and all drinks that are habit-forming because of the caffeine and drugs they contain. One study of 13,000 patients in Boston, Massachusetts, area hospitals also showed that the risk of developing myocardial infarction was the same for decaffeinated coffee drinkers as it was for regular coffee drinkers. In a Jan 1997 New Era article, there is a clear indication that cola consumption is a matter of personal choice: …While caffeine has usefulness in relieving pain and treating some illnesses like asthma, continued use, even in small doses, can be detrimental to good health. A physical vice becomes a moral vice… and to cultivate vice is to render… our mind incapable of normal action…. ), He said, “Well, you see, that doesn’t mean cola.”, I said, “Well, I guess you will have to come to your own grips with that, but to me, there is no question.” You see, there can’t be the slightest particle of rebellion, and in him there is. FairMormon™ is controlled and operated by the Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research (FAIR). Are they against the Word of Wisdom? It was logical to conclude that the reason for the prohibition of hot drinks – now defined to be coffee and tea – was due to the caffeine, and that any substance containing caffeine should be banned. The Word of Wisdom itself gives no indication of the reasons these substances are to be avoided—it only states that they should be. Caffeine has never been a part of the word of wisdom as interpreted by any of the prophets. know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 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. December 9, 2018 May 12, 2020 Certina. The official and correct definition of ‘hot drinks’1 as found in the Word of Wisdom is simply this: The Word of Wisdom2 is a basic law of health, in other words, it is a good starting point. They injure human health. Some Mormons argue that caffeine is not specifically mentioned in the Word of Wisdom and while some General Authorities have recommended not consuming caffeine, in the end it is a personal choice. [1] Hyrum Smith, “The Word of Wisdom,” Times and Seasons 3 no. Following the turn of the century and the practical end of polygamy within the Mormon movement, the Word of Wisdom began to be enforced around 1918 when it became a part of the temple recommend interview (at about the same time that prohibition became law in the US). “[9]. In some cultures, native drinks are claimed to be harmless because they are not specifically mentioned in the revelation. We strive to be accurate and informative. The revelation prohibits the use of tobacco, alcoholic beverages (‘strong drink’) and ‘hot drinks’ … The only official interpretation of the term ‘hot drinks’ as used in the revelation is the statement made by early Church leaders that the term means tea and coffee. Is caffeine bad? Were they ever against the Word of Wisdom (WoW)? But they often say, “This is how we do it in Japan.” In 1975, one article explained in response to the question, “Is it against Church standards to drink cola beverages or any other beverage containing caffeine?”: Two of the tests we can employ as we question the use of any food or beverage are: Is it wholesome? 4. Avoiding addiction so that one has control over his body is one of the underlying principles of the Word of Wisdom. The story infers that this is the normal, expected behavior of Mormons. Can one really live it fully?”. However, after 1940 the topic became dormant in General Conference without any references until the mid 1960s. There are many who wonder what this can mean, whether it refers to tea or coffee, or not. [21] http://fox13now.com/2012/08/30/lds-blog-post-says-caffeine-ok-for-mormons/, [22] https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2017/09/21/byu-is-finally-selling-caffeinated-soda-to-its-students-are-we-supposed-to-rejoice/?utm_term=.f9b70d8d98ba. However, Hyrum Smith, the brother of the prophet defined this for early members when he said in 1842, “Again, hot drinks are not for the body or belly. Here’s the conference talk about hot chocolate being against the word of wisdom in 1868. …It is conceded by all informed and right-minded people, that while caffeine is injurious at any period of life, it is especially dangerous when used by young people… to keep such drinks in the home, within reach of children, is a dangerous practice. After briefly explaining that Coca Cola has caffeine – and that this is the same active ingredient as coffee and tea, the article continues: For the Latter-day Saints who believe that tea and coffee are detrimental, there can be but one attitude toward to use of Coca-Cola, for, according to the testimony of the company itself, its action is precisely similar of that of tea and coffee. There seems to me to be a very important reason to avoid both those drinks. In 1937, Elder John A. Widtsoe and his wife, Leah, wrote the first major book on the Word of Wisdom, speaking strongly against caffeine, saying, “Whenever a drink is advertised to 'give you a lift,' the 'lift' is likely to be caused by the drug which it contains. In reference to the question, it is true that caffeine is a stimulant, and an unnecessary stimulant for constant consumption. It reads in part: Special concern is often expressed about the soft drink industry. Researchers at the National Center for Health Statistics and Johns Hopkins Medical School, for example, recently published their findings from a thirty-year study that confirmed a close relationship between coffee intake and coronary heart disease. … We teach the principle together with the promised blessings. It states in part: …This habit involves the abuse of a drug to which most people give little thought, even though it is now the most commonly abused drug on the planet. The prohibition in question is against ‘hot drinks.’ The Church has, as a body, accepted that the hot drinks in question are coffee and tea. 2. The prohibitions are binding upon the Saints; the counsel, precisely because it is counsel, is up to each of us as individuals. When that prophecy was given, caffeine was an unknown substance. Whatever you do, count all the cost. … We teach the principle together with the promised blessings. It's been a long and heated debate among members on whether or not caffeine is against the Word of Wisdom. There are many habit-forming, addictive things that one can drink or chew or inhale or inject which injure both body and spirit which are not mentioned in the revelation. Whether or not caffeine is against the Word of Wisdom is a personal definition. We are a volunteer organization. “Thus spoke the eminent educator, Dr. Jordan. In this reference (again) it is unclear if Hinckley is referring to soft drinks, coffee, or both. It noted tobacco as useful only for treating bruises and sick cattle. We will find the proper interpretation—for us. It is interesting to note that scientists and medical men have given more thought to and have conducted a more extensive research into the field of foods and food values during the last fifty years than during all the history of the world before, and that the results of their research harmonize with the Word of Wisdom. So, what’s the problem? [17]. Now we know that both those are loaded with caffeine but also other substances which is harmful to our bodies. [Encyclopedia of Mormonism, 1-4 vols., edited by Daniel H. Ludlow (New York: Macmillan, 1992), 1584. Because of such statements, some adherents believe that caffeine is officially prohibited under the Word of Wisdom. 
Food repeatedly taken too hot or too cold may give rise to disturbances. …Caffeine acts directly upon the brain… Caffeine poisoning is a malady of frequent occurrence. This was most explicitly stated in 1938 and 1940. The following essay is reprinted (with permission of the author) in it's entirety from Jim Whitefield. 2002 – Hinckley, in the address “the church goes forward” referring to press coverage of the recent hosting of the 19th Winter Olympics: Georgie Anne Geyer, prominent syndicated writer whose column appears in many newspapers, wrote as follows: “How on earth could a largely Mormon state do something so daring as hosting an international celebrity meeting? It seems confusing that Mormons won’t drink caffeinated beverages like coffee and tea, but many have no problem with eating chocolate, drinking hot chocolate, colas, and other sources of caffeine. To put this into perspective, consider that most cola soft drinks have from 22 to 55 milligrams (mg) of caffeine, compared to a common cup of tea that varies from 26 to 47 mg. Coffee may have from 57 mg for a cup of instant to 180 mg for a cup of brewed. A snippet in the September 1973 Ensign shares one readers experience in a comical way as they talk about refusing to drink Coke and coffee after donating blood. Church members should not consume alcohol, tobacco, tea, or coffee and should use moderation in eating other foods. One must keep in mind, of course, that from a medical point of view there are certain appropriate uses for caffeine. Green tea has been proven to be very healthy to drink and the word of wisdom is about good health practices. The focus relative to this question is ‘hot drinks’ and caffeine, two separate items which, when lumped together as one, result in misconceptions concerning the Word of Wisdom. “The Strength of Being Clean” can be found at http://econ2.econ.iastate.edu/classes/econ362/hallam/Readings/StrengthCleanJordan.pdf, [7] https://www.lds.org/general-conference/1975/04/a-self-inflicted-purging?lang=eng, [8] https://www.lds.org/general-conference/1999/04/welcome-home?lang=eng, [9] https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2002/04/the-church-goes-forward?lang=eng, [10] https://archive.org/details/improvementera2105unse/page/432, [11] The reference Missionary Gospel Library included A Marvelous Work and a Wonder from about 1980 to about 2000. Drinking tea is against the Word of Wisdom, the official doctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This is an incorrect deduction. President Boyd K. Packer, senior Apostle of the Church said the following in the May 1996 General Conference: “Members write in asking if this thing or that is against the Word of Wisdom. This legend starts out with a General Authority giving a talk (usually at BYU) on the Word of Wisdom. We invite you to give back. “With reference to cola drinks, the Church has never officially taken a position on this matter, but the leaders of the Church have advised, and we do now specifically advise, against the use of any drink containing harmful habit-forming drugs under circumstances that would result in acquiring the habit. Keeping this in mind, when someone informs us that “THE Word of Wisdom says don’t drink caffeinated beverages,” he/she is incorrect. And among its most damning effects is the deadly addiction it forms and the good inclinations that are destroyed by its craving. The question that seems to trouble many members of the church is whether or not caffeine is part of the Word of Wisdom. What should I do?” Without hesitation the nurse in charge yelled back, “Send him back to Utah!”. Vapors from these drinks were thought to be unhealthy. Caffeine is addictive, and while avoiding it has never been a commandment in Mormonism similar to the prohibition against alcohol, nevertheless, Mormons have been counseled to avoid it. Rooibos and other naturally caffeine free drinks are o.k. The "Word of Wisdom," which one must abide by in order to go to the temple, prevents members from using or consuming alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, coffee, tea, and "harmful substances. Excessive cola consumption. Children should not have coffee or tea. As Paul said, 'The kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost' (Romans 14:17). In 2012, the Newsroom published the following in response to a report on NBC. It was the resulting side effects from overuse of the drug that gave me such concern in Mrs. Jones’s case. In spite of that, many members continue to avoid caffeinated drinks. A place to share odd Mormon things, doctrines, experiences. In Dec 2008, an article was published called “The Energy Drink Epidemic” talks about the problem of overuse of caffeine. Learn how →. We have the same proposition in relation to the Word of Wisdom. Our usual editor's commentary on this subject is at the end. You will be judged by the kinds of movies you attend, by the way you dress, and by the music to which you listen. The Word of Wisdom limited alcohol use to wine for the Sacrament and hard liquor for washing the body. We are obligated as members of the Mormon Church to obey the precepts taught therein. In 1946, the Improvement Era reprinted an article from the Nov. 1939 Era. One and all their function is to force the nervous system to lie. … Obedience to counsel will keep you on the safe side of life” Dr. Clifford J. Stratton, a Doctor of Human Anatomy at the University of Nevada in Reno, says, “I counsel inquiring members that eating or drinking anything that may result in bodily harm is probably a violation of the spirit of wisdom enjoined in Doctrine and Covenants 89.” [D&C 89]. I digress. There is some indication that at least some members took the cola ban in the 1940s seriously and abstained from these drinks during the war. Members write in asking if this thing or that is against the Word of Wisdom. In this section, a strong emphasis is placed on caffeine as the drug within coffee and tea which makes them harmful. No portion of this site may be reproduced without the express written consent of The Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research, Inc. Any opinions expressed, implied, or included in or with the goods and services offered by FairMormon are solely those of FairMormon and not those of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “The use of a beverage from which the deleterious ingredients have been removed would not be considered as breaking the Word of Wisdom. Additional advice was given permitting the use of meat, but suggesting that it be restricted to winter or times of famine (D&C 89:12-13). By comparison, energy drinks may have from 80 to 500 mg of caffeine in one can.[18]. Hot drinks in the Word of Wisdom have been defined as tea and coffee. …Aside from the specific instructions regarding alcohol, tobacco, and hot drinks (which we have been told means tea and coffee), the application of the Word of Wisdom is a matter of personal discipline and restraint. [6] “The Call of the 20th Century” can be found at https://www.gutenberg.org/files/9469/9469-h/9469-h.htm and contains much of the first half of this combined quote. The drug? [Quentin L. Cook, “Looking beyond the Mark,” Ensign (March 2003): 42.]. Cola drinks contain the drug, caffeine. We, as Latter-day Saints, who by our uplifted hands sustain the prophet in our day and time, President Grant, are under obligation to accept the interpretations that are made by him and by his predecessors with respect to this matter, that the Word of Wisdom that has come to us from the Lord includes tea and coffee among those things which we should not partake of. Tea is tea...as in the tea leaf. The story ends: Then, in frustration, she called across the hall in a loud voice to the nurse in charge, “This man won’t drink coffee or cola. ], 3 “What? BYU not having soda sold on campus because of caffeine content is absolutely absurd. Caffeine. As part of this process, the individual, “stopped using drugs and caffeine”[8]. At this juncture, members of the Church decide for themselves if they will follow the basic parameters of the Word of Wisdom (that is, to simply abstain from coffee, tea, alcohol and tobacco), or if they will go the extra mile, for example by not drinking any caffeinated drinks or eating any caffeinated products whatsoever. This state of confusion continued until a softening (due to lack of discussion of this topic) started to occur in 1988. In the February 26, 1965 issue of Life magazine, there is an appalling article about the toll being taken by the dope traffic in the United States. Tea and coffee are what the Lord meant when he said ‘hot drinks.’ ” [John A. Widtsoe and Leah D. Widtsoe, The Word of Wisdom: A Modern Interpretation (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1937), 85-87. When the word of wisdom was given to Joseph Smith by the Lord the hot drinks then were English (black) tea and coffee. Although President Hinckley publicly taught abstinence from caffeine as part of the Word of Wisdom, other General Authorities during that same time period were more hesitant in their interpretation. Any beverage that contains ingredients harmful to the body should be avoided.”[12]. Caffeine is most harmful because it is addictive. And in respect to these things that are pronounced as being evil, he does not tell us in the revelation why there is evil in them, but time has determined this question. The revelation states that it is specifically for the latter days because of “evils and designs which do and will exist in the hearts of conspiring men” (D&C 89:4). Tag: Word of Wisdom Is Caffeine against the Word of Wisdom? If that were the … Early church leaders believe that the words they delivered from the pulpit constituted the revealed word of the Lord and the doctrine of the church. “The Word of Wisdom counsels against drinking “hot drinks,” which have been identified by early Church leaders as coffee and tea. Certainly, they should not be used in ward, stake,or other Church socials. Used With Prudence and Thanksgiving . Is caffeine bad? Surely you wouldn't argue that tobacco processed differently is acceptable to use. Roberts and the construction of the LDS narrative on Seer Stones, Presentism as a defense for Joseph Smith’s Polygamy. Thanks to u/i_love_the_funk on reddit for alerted me to the 1918 article in the improvement era addressing coca-cola. It is unclear if he was referring to soft drinks or (more likely) coffee. Rather, we teach the principle together with the promised blessings. Some think it is okay and others have a different view. A personalized interpretation of the Word of Wisdom oftentimes adds to the confusion of “what is the Word of Wisdom.” Our personal interpretation should not be forced on other members, nor should it be promoted as THE Word of Wisdom.8 It isn’t THE Word of Wisdom; it is YOUR personalized version that you view as consonant with the spirit of the Word of Wisdom. The view that the living prophet and apostles delivered words which constituted doctrine was believed... Background Few topics in Mormonism have been as controversial as the use of seer stones by its founder Joseph Smith. We know caffeine is not wholesome nor prudent for the use of our bodies. [Spencer J. Condie, In Perfect Balance (Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1993), 96.]. ), … Some people avoid caffeine by switching to decaffeinated coffee. ), …Since 1980, however, several research teams have published significant medical reports demonstrating that the chronic abuse of caffeine is very risky. 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 […] In a blog post on the LDS Church's mormonnewsroom.org site, 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." I shall not attempt to interpret the meaning of the Word of Wisdom, for to me it is clear, but may I call your attention to statements made by others by way of comparison. This statement is true, as vaping could be just as dangerous and addictive as tobacco. Cola beverages do contain caffeine and thus may be avoided in accordance with the spirit of the Word of Wisdom. One and all, these various drugs… tend to give the impression of a power or a pleasure… which we do not possess…. During the 1930s, the subject of caffeine is revisited in General Conference and multiple general authorities suggest that using caffeine (in the form of cola drinks) goes against the WoW. [11], In 1971, The question was answered in a church article entitled, “With all the knowledge we have of perhaps harmful additives in much of the food we buy today, and our knowledge of caffeine in soft drinks and chocolate, and lots of other unhealthful substances in food products, how does one live the Word of Wisdom in 1971? It just indicates that we have not proven the thing so thoroughly that we have been able to hold fast to that which is good and make it a part of our lives. It concludes by saying: “Should the Latter-day Saints or, for that matter, anyone else, drink coca-cola?”. In 1969, Richard L. Evans quoted Dr. David Starr Jordan of Stanford University in his talk and stated the following: “The pleasures of vice are mere illusions, tricks of the nervous system, and each time these tricks are played it is more and more difficult for the mind to tell the truth. 4 The ‘standard works’ refers to the Holy Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants and the Pearl of Great Price. As a temple recommend is an indication within the movement of righteous living, having something which was both prohibited but which did not impact their eternal salvation and temple status may have been confusing for members. A 1988 article entitled “Caffeine – the Subtle Addiction“[15], takes a very negative view towards both Coffee and caffeine consumption more generally. 8 Certain members have wanted to add substantially to various doctrines. https://becominglds.blogspot.com/2009/01/caffeine-and-word-of-wisdom.html The same is apparently true of caffeine, the mild-mannered stimulant tha… [20] Coca-Cola is Okay, Pop quiz: Coke is OK, by Alex Beam, Boston Globe, 1/16/2003. coffee and Coke- Decaf. Pack and states in part: Recent inquiry seems to indicate that the “Mormon” people in general are quite unfamiliar with the chemical composition of this drink (Coca-Cola) and that its physiological effect is very much the same as that of tea or coffee. In response to press inquiry, the Church responded as follows: “The Church’s health code,” spokesman Dale Bills e-mailed from Salt Lake City, “called the Word of Wisdom, is contained in a revelation given to the Prophet Joseph Smith. 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