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  •  Well, mormons can and do drink hot chocolate. (5+ / 0-)
    Like many aspects of the LDS religion, the duty to maintain good health has its roots in revelation, in this case a section of the Doctrine and Covenants that Mormons call the Word of Wisdom. The legend surrounding its origin is that Joseph Smith and other early LDS leaders used to chew tobacco during Church meetings, spitting juices on the floor. Joseph's wife, Emma Hale Smith, was disgusted by this act, and her complaints led the Prophet to ask God whether tobacco use was really appropriate for Latter-day Saints.

    The Lord's response, contained in D&C section 89, covered far more than just tobacco; it also restricted the consumption of wine, liquor, meat, and hot drinks (today interpreted to mean tea and coffee of any temperature). Although many Mormons understand this scripture as suggesting that all caffeine is bad and should be avoided, this idea isn't official Church doctrine; the Church allows members to decide that issue for themselves, and some members choose to drink cola.

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    Maybe they drink cold chocolate?

    •  While the abuse of tobacco and liquor (0+ / 0-)

      is strictly verboten, the rest of it is more of "guidelines to being a better Mormon" than "we'll take away your Temple Recommend and make you a firmly second class follower" or "We'll kick you out of the Church".

      I've known very devout Mormons who happily drank "Non-Alcoholic" beers at 0.5% alcohol content, because the point of the rule is to avoid all drunkenness.

      I've heard some take it to further extremes...but most don't see it like their own form of Kashrut or anything.  The point is "Body is a temple, respect Gods gift" ect.

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