Why Don’t Mormons Drink Tea? | LDS Explanations

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, sometimes known as the Mormon church, advises its members to abstain from consuming “hot drinks,” which are defined as tea and coffee. This practice is based on the church’s Word of Wisdom, a code of health and dietary guidelines that are believed to have been revealed to the church’s founder and first prophet, Joseph Smith, in 1833.

While the Word of Wisdom advises against the consumption of coffee and tea, it does not explicitly prohibit the consumption of other types of tea, such as herbal tea. Many members of the Mormon church choose to drink herbal teas and other caffeine-free beverages as alternatives to coffee and tea.

It is also important to note that the Word of Wisdom is not considered a strict or enforced rule by many members of the church. Individual members of the church are free to make their own decisions about what they choose to eat and drink. As the name suggests, it is a “word of wisdom.” However, the guidelines are considered an important part of Mormon doctrine and culture, and many members choose to follow them as a matter of personal righteousness and obedience to the teachings of the church.

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