You printed an article about the demise of Postum (Jan. 1). Well, I'm sorry for those who liked it and will miss it. I found it quite nasty. But that's not my point. The writer, Ms. Israelsen-Hartley, said: "Many members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chose the beverage because the church's religious code of ethics prohibits caffeinated coffees or teas."
First, what is the LDS Church's "religious code of ethics"? The church has a group of "doctrines" and "commandments" which its members follow. As a lifelong member, I've never heard of a code of ethics. (Having lived in California most of my life, perhaps I missed the memo.)Second, my understanding is that nothing in the Word of Wisdom prohibits caffeine. I'm aware that general authorities have recommended against its use, but that doesn't make it a commandment. You could then deduce that decaffeinated coffee is OK. Well, you'd be flat-out wrong. Use of decaffeinated coffee will keep you out of the temple, use of caffeinated colas will not.
David A. Erickson