Why Don’t Mormons Drink Coffee? | LDS Explanations

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Mormons, also known as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, abstain from drinking coffee as part of their commitment to follow the “Word of Wisdom,” a set of dietary and health guidelines that are considered revelation from God. According to this revelation, which is recorded in the Doctrine and Covenants, a book of scripture followed by members of the LDS Church, believers are encouraged to abstain from “hot drinks,” which are defined as coffee and tea.

The Word of Wisdom also counsels members to eat a healthy diet, including plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and to avoid tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs. It is believed that following these guidelines will help believers maintain good health and spiritual well-being.

While Latter-Day Saints do not drink coffee, they are not required to abstain from all caffeine. Many choose to consume other caffeinated beverages, such as soda or chocolate, or to consume caffeine in moderation. Ultimately, the decision to follow the Word of Wisdom is a personal one, and individual church members may choose to interpret and follow these guidelines in different ways.

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