Friday, September 07, 2012


REPOSTING THIS IN ITS ENTIRETY BECAUSE IN FUTURE YEARS, WHEN MY GREAT OFFSPRINGS READ THIS IN MY HARDCOPY OF 2012, I WANT THEM TO KNOW HOW I FEEL ABOUT THIS WHOLE STUPID  'CLARIFICATION' THE CHURCH TALKING HEAD PUT OUT.  ABOVE ALL...REMEMBER THIS:  THERE WILL BE CONSPIRING MEN IN THE LAST DAYS....and for the record, we are not to be commanded in all things but are given the smarts to figure it out.  and if you can't figure this out, then you are addicted.  be honest and face it....ah yes, I am really steamed about this.

I love milk.

My husband joked recently that I consume 2/3's of my daily caloric intake through milk alone.

I'm not gonna deny it.  Drinking milk makes me feel all happy inside.  It's comforting to me, brings back good/happy memories of growing up in a loving home, and quenches my thirst in a tastier way than any other drink, including water most days.  

Another awesome side-effect of drinking milk:  I've never broken a bone...ever...despite the fact that I played every sport known to womankind as a teenager and even a bit in college...(Thank you, Title IX!)  During the fall season, I regularly participated in three different sports at the same time.  No sweat.

I chalk that up to good genes and good old-fashioned milk.

I chug it.  I sip it.  I'll even drink it from a straw (makes it last longer.)

It was pretty awesome when I figured out how to drink straight from the milk jug.  I made less dirty dishes that way, ya know?  And no one knew that when half a gallon of milk disappeared, that I was the culprit.  That is until I started wearing lipgloss....But I've since broken myself of that habit.  (You're welcome family!)

You know what I do NOT love?


To be specific...caffeinated pop.  (Oh, I know, many of you call it "soda."  And you are free to do so, but if you grew up in the midwest/east like I did, you most likely say pop.)

Oh, I do drink caffeine-FREE pop from time to when I am suffering from morning sickness, sometimes I'll have ginger ale.  Or on a hot summer night, I'll serve some yummy root beer floats (LOTS of ice cream...easy on the root beer!)

But for the most part, I find pop offensive to the system.  7UP is pretty mild...Sprite...forget about it.  To me, taking a swig of Sprite feels like getting slapped in the face.

After I drink pop, I feel like, "Uh, why did I just do that to myself?"


I'm glad that I grew up learning from my parents that caffeinated drinks were a "no-no."  
You see back in the 70's, 80's, 90's that was the consensus for most LDS people I knew growing up in Ohio.

Why did we feel that way?  Uh, common sense probably.  But also because of wise counsel given by church leaders of the day...and I guess we were all just sort of "quick to observe" back then.

Here's one official statement from 1972 that I found quoted in the D&C Institute Manual:

"An official statement by the Church’s leaders reads: “With reference to cola drinks, the Church has never officially taken a position on this matter, but the leaders of the Church have advisedand 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. Any beverage that contains ingredients harmful to the body should be avoided. ( Priesthood Bulletin, Feb. 1972, p. 4.)"

That's some pretty sweet advice if you ask me.


So, as you probably know, the church put out a small correction on its website last week...not a correction to the Word of Wisdom (or its interpretation,) as some people are billing it, but a list of corrections to information that was presented by NBC News during their hour-long documentary on Mormonism.  After a handful of adjustments/corrections to the way NBC presented information on their show, the church said this:

Finally, another small correction: Despite what was reported, the Church revelation spelling out health practices (Doctrine and Covenants 89) does not mention the use of caffeine.  The Church’s health guidelines prohibit alcoholic drinks, smoking or chewing of tobacco, and “hot drinks” — taught by Church leaders to refer specifically to tea and coffee. 

According to, the way this correction was originally worded said:
“the church does not prohibit the use of caffeine” and that the reference to “hot drinks” “does not go beyond [tea and coffee].” But that wording was changed to say more specifically that the Word of Wisdom itself does not mention the use of caffeine.  


Here's another tidbit from the Institute manual that I found helpful.  The lesson asks this question:

Why isn't the Word of Wisdom more explicit?

Here's the manual's response:  

"The Doctrine and Covenants does not specifically mention heroin, cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy, other illegal drugs, or the abuse of prescription drugs. 

"President Joseph Fielding Smith said: “Such revelation is unnecessary. The Word of Wisdom is a basic law. It points the way and gives us ample instruction in regard to both food and drink, good for the body and also detrimental. If we sincerely follow what is written with the aid of the Spirit of the Lord, we need no further counsel. . . .

“Thus by keeping the commandments we are promised inspiration and the guidance of the Spirit of the Lord through which we will know what is good and what is bad for the body, without the Lord presenting us with a detailed list separating the good things from the bad that we may be protected. We will learn by this faithful observance that the promises of the Lord are fulfilled.” Improvement Era, Feb. 1956, pp. 78–79.)"


Caffeine-drinkers of the world...Gotta love ya...and I do, I really do.

I'm just saying...I'm glad that because of the wise counsel of my parents I never started drinking it...and despite the clarification offered by the church to NBC News this week, I'm still not going to run out and start drinking Coke (ack!)...because I now know by experience why it's a substance that isn't welcome in my life.

(Somebody get this girl some 2%!)

Furthermore, I'm going to keep teaching my kids to stay far away from the stuff.

(Now if only I could get my daughter to stop thinking that butter is a food group!)

I am so glad that the Lord teaches us correct principles and then expects us to govern ourselves.  
There is so much personal growth to be obtained by having to search out these answers, by having to live out the answers that we receive, and by having to endure and live with the results of our own choices.  The plan works, people!

OH, be wise...what can I say more?

Here are a few more bits of "advice" given by the church on the consumption of caffeinated bevies...not official, of course, but official enough to be printed in church mags.

From 1988 Ensign:  Caffeine: The Subtle Addiction


Dawn Mercedes said...

Of course!

gremhog said...

Jordan wanted to post this but couldn't:

“Why is there so much attention given to pop? And not fast food, hot dogs, candy, chocolate (sorry mom, that has caffeine too) or just simply eating too much? Is it a contradiction that the church throws parties and everyone brings terribly unhealthy food, and everyone eats as much as possible, like it is some kind of eating competition? (I’m guilty of that) I agree with nutritionists that pop is unhealthy with or without caffeine. But if you write off pop, should you also never ever ever eat a hamburger from a fast food joint? Never ever ever eat candy? It just seems the attention on pop is way over stated. Plus, drinking too much milk is linked to a long list of negative health effects as well.... Why is pop such a large battle ground for Sprite Drinking Mormons? If caffeinated pop is bad because it is unhealthy, then ALL pop should be off limits as well, because all pop is not healthy. And if pop is your personal thresh hold for health, then your diet must be just spectacular or people will be very confused by your argument. And if the argument is only concerning addiction, it misses the health aspect and doesn’t address the reality that there are many other food items that have addictive properties that have negative health & spiritual effects. In my opinion, the pop battleground is getting an undeserved amount of attention while other areas are completely overlooked. I'm always puzzled when focus is put on pop, instead of a holistic view on physical & spiritual health.”

Jordan said...

This comment is in regard to the LDS church having to publish clarifications etc and not in response to J's fun blog post. Why is so much energy spent by the church on this????

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