Nice article, good food for thought. What's up w/ WOW issue?
For me I suggest the following: Caffeine is a stimulant and can be addictive,
this I know from personal experience as a psych nurse and, check out the Mormons
with their death grip on big gulps of Coke, Pepsi or Dr. Pepper (aka Mormon
Beer). While D&C 89: states WOW is only the "will" of God, I refer
you to Matt 6:10 where Jesus teaches us to pray God's Kingdom to come and
His "will" be done. Split hairs if you want, as for me I avoid both
caffeine and alcohol. I grew up in a alcoholic ravaged home I have seen and
experienced the damage alcohol can cause. I somehow do not think playing the
Philadelphia lawyer with the Savior, the Righteous Judge of us all, is a good
idea. Suck it up, drive closer to the canyon wall than the edge of the winding
mountain road (old Mark Twain analogy).
Garybeac - the reason the Word of Wisdom was given "not by commandment"
at first was that it takes time to quit using addictive substances, and the Lord
let the saints do that work without the additional pressure of being commandment
breakers while getting out of the habit. It was later made a commandment
(through Brigham Young, I believe) and the "hot drinks" were defined as
tea (from the tea bush, not herbal) and coffee. From then on it IS a
commandment, and abstaining from alcohol is not just about not tempting the
weak. As to caffeine, in 1972 a Priesthood bulletin said regarding cola drinks
"we counsel against the use of any drink containing harmful habit-forming
drugs under circumstances that would result in acquiring the habit". The ban
on alcohol is absolute, as is the ban on coffee, whereas caffeine in soft drinks
is a more matter of moderation and temperance.Finally, the point is for people
to accept the Restored Gospel - if it has to be watered down to be acceptable,
it isn't the Restored Gospel that's being accepted.
You lost me at "caffeine." Colas are not forbidden by the present
interpretation of the WOW.... Not having a delicious glass of white wine with a
special meal or a cold beer after a hot day's work does not define you, it
just limits your experience of this wonderful world. I think Joseph said,
"not by commandment," exactly to prevent people from using the WOW as a
limiter, a "constraint." Wanting to limit ourselves seems contrary to
the purpose of life. I can think of only one good reason for a healthy
non-pregnant adult to abstain from moderate alcohol: to avoid tempting the
sick-at-heart who might become alcoholics. However, we can also avoid tempting
them by simply using wine and beer privately. Besides all this, the original WOW
seems to endorse beer: "barley...for mild drinks." Sorry hair-splitters,
beer was the only "mild drink" made with barley in 1833. Unfortified
wine (i.e., "pure wine") also seems endorsed. Finally, there is alcohol
in ice cream, fruit, and whole wheat. Where do we draw the imaginary line?
Let's stop looking for ways to make it harder for...everyone to accept the
Arranged marriages would help limiting choices!
RE: Take the Word of Wisdom, for example. Because I made the simple choice long
ago not to drink alcohol or caffeine, I never have to decide what type of wine
to drink with dinner.Wine was used by Noah, Gen 9:20,21 .
Melchizedek, Gen 14:18. Isaac Gen 27:25. Jesus 2:1-11, He turns water into wine
not wine into water And Mt 11:19.. Timothy 1Tim 5:23. Mogen David is popular
wine for the Jewish Passover in modern times.
Great article. I'm a young adult and I'm definitely stuck trying to
figure out what to do. Infoman, caffeine is implied in the Word of Wisdom.
It's not an out of bounds under all circumstances like alcohol, but it is
addictive, and as most if not all addictive substances staying away from it is
Thanks Tiffany, for another thought provoking, articulate article. I just got
back from the grocery store, and yes, the amount of "choices" we have as
a society is mind boggling--and time consuming. And I couldn't agree with
you more about the lack of direction that many young adults face these days.As a parent, I also find that many parents are sucked into the whole
idea of "choice" in terms of what school to attend, what activites their
children should pursue etc. Everything is packaged as a "choice" or an
"opportunity," when what most kids really need, are fewer choices and
more boundaries. And when it comes to marriage, I love the phrase
"Choose your love, love your choice." I saw it in my sister's
kitchen years ago, and believe that recently, President Monson used it in an
address. Some decisions need only be made once--like one's choice of a
spouse. I know there are extenuating circumstances, but our marriages would be
so much stronger if we practices this principle.
Nice article. Personally I find my choices which others view as limiting to be
just the opposite. I watch people having "fun" and say to myself
I'm can have "fun" without the addictions etc that so many become
Good article with some great points. The only flaw is the mention of caffeine,
which continues the perpetration of the idea that it in itself is against the
Word of Wisdom, when it actually is not.
Great article, Tiffany. My choice was to marry early and start a family early,
but did not get that option. So, after college, teaching, graduate school, and
an LDS mission (at the age of 25) finally got to the marriage part of life. And
it certainly has been the best part of my life, with nine children, scores of
grandchildren, and a great husband.
Good work once again, Tiffany!