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Journal of Discourses 12:27-28 “The Word of Wisdom is one thing, and ignorance, superstition, or bigotry is another. … Now, there is no harm in a teapot, even if it contains tea, if it is let alone; and I say of a truth that where a person is diseased, say, for instance, with canker, there is no better medicine than green tea, and where it is thus used it should be drank sparingly. …  If a person is weary, worn out, cast down, fainting, or dying, a brandy sling, a little wine, or a cup of tea is good to revive them. Do not throw these things away, and say they must never be used; they are good to be used with judgment, prudence, and discretion. Ask our Bishops if they drink tea every day, and in most cases they will tell you they do if they can get it.” — Brigham Young, Great Salt Lake City, April 7, 1867 (more…)

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Mormon Decisions 10Our post today is actually the intro for a new page we’ve published. If you’d like to read the page in full there’s a link at the end of this post, and for futureCoffee reference check out the side-bar over on the right where w’e’ll be adding it to our list of resources.

Be sure to mark it as a handy-dandy reference for when you want/need a specific quote on all things to do with the Word of Wisdom.

Here we go!


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wine-History of the Church 2:35; “No official member in this Church is worthy to hold an office after having the word of wisdom properly taught him; and he, the official member, neglecting to comply with and obey it. The High Council of the Church then voted unanimously to accept this decision.” – February 20, 1834

History of the Church 2:482; “Action in Relation to the Word of Wisdom. Resolved unanimously, that we will not fellowship any ordained member who will not, or does not, observe the Word of Wisdom according to its literal reading.” – May 28, 1837


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D&C 89:1-2, 5-6, 8-9, 12-13,18-21;

“1 A Word of Wisdom, for the benefit of the council of high priests, assembled in Kirtland, and the church, and also the saints in Zion—

2 To be sent greeting; not by commandment or constraint

5 That inasmuch as any man drinketh wine or strong drink among you, behold it is not good, neither meet in the sight of your Father, only in assembling yourselves together to offer up your sacraments before him.

6 And, behold, this should be wine, yea, pure wine of the grape of the vine, of your own make. 8 And again, tobacco is not for the body, neither for the belly, and is not good for man, but is an herb for bruises and all sick cattle, to be used with judgment and skill.

9 And again, hot drinks are not for the body or belly.

12 Yea, flesh also of beasts and of the fowls of the air, I, the Lord, have ordained for the use of man with thanksgiving; nevertheless they are to be used sparingly;

13 And it is pleasing unto me that they should not be used, only in times of winter, or of cold, or famine.

18 And all saints who remember to keep and do these sayings, walking in obedience to the commandments, shall receive health in their navel and marrow to their bones;

19 And shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures;

20 And shall run and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint.

21 And I, the Lord, give unto them a promise, that the destroying angel shall pass by them, as the children of Israel, and not slay them. Amen.”

Temperance SocietyFor me, growing up in Utah Mormonism the memories of my grandmother sharing family secrets of her mother indulging in the sinful  practice of drinking tea still come to mind. I guess enough time had passed that she deemed it safe to “spill the beans” and would share the same story each time she took her own hidden stash out from behind the cans of vegetables in her pantry.


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