Diet Coke. Mountain Dew. Dr. Pepper. Some Mormons drink them and some Mormons don't . Regardless, both types of Mormons can still hold a temple recommend. Tell us your opinion on the topic and take our poll at the bottom!
I’ll admit it: I grew up thinking that Coke and other caffeinated drinks were frowned upon by the Church. I knew it wasn’t explicitly against the Word of Wisdom, so when asked when I wouldn’t drink anything caffeinated, I would say I didn’t enjoy the taste. But the reality is that I was mostly avoiding the caffeine. I thought drinking it was wrong.
But why? And where did I learn to think that?
It wasn’t until my mission when Coca-Cola was the only soda to be had—and quite often the only clean drink to be had in miles—that I realized that drinking caffeine wouldn’t land me in the bishop’s office. Turns out, drinking caffeine is yet another gray area where our Church leaders leave the decision up to us. However, President Boyd K. Packer gave some excellent insight on the topic:
The Word of Wisdom was "given for a principle with promise" (D&C 89:3). . . . Generally principles are not spelled out in detail. . . . There are many habit-forming, addictive things that one can drink or chew or inhale or inject which injure both body and spirit which are not mentioned in the revelation. . . . Obedience to counsel will keep you on the safe side of life.
Service doesn't have to take hours of planning and a large group to carry it out. Sometimes it's making one small adjustment to the things we already do each day.
I had a friend who, whenever we were out walking, would never fail to find trash along the road and pick it up to throw away when we walked by a trash can. We never went out with the intention to pick up trash—it was just something she did whenever we were out.
Like my friend, we can all do service simply by being kind and thoughtful. People who are service-minded are naturally kind people because they are thinking of things they can do to help others. People who are kind are naturally service-minded because they are thinking of ways to be nice, such as serving. Instead of thinking of service as an overwhelming necessity to plan and prepare weeks in advance, try some of these simple service ideas—kind, helpful actions that will easily adopt themselves into your everyday life.
Recent concerns about the relationship of women and the priesthood have raised a lot of questions in and out of the Church. Find out more about this sensitive subject so that you know what to say the next time someone asks you about women and the priesthood.
Recent LDS events in the news have focused on a small group of women who are challenging longstanding traditions and even LDS doctrine. In light of this situation, many members are unsure how to respond when others ask about this hot-button topic.
To help you in your explanations to others, here are some important points to remember as you discuss women and the priesthood:
Church Policy and LDS Culture vs. Doctrine
An important distinction that must be made when discussing gender equality in the Church is the difference between Church administrative policy, LDS culture, and true doctrine.
Because the Church is a large entity operating internationally with millions of members, rules are put in place to keep things running smoothly and consistently. Examples of Church policies relevant to this issue which are maintained by man include things like the missionary age.
Elder L. Tom Perry has led an uncommon life--find out seven things you never knew about this amazing apostle of the Lord, and enter to win a free copy of his new biography, An Uncommon Life.
"Anyone who has spent much time with Elder L. Tom Perry has likely heard him say that he is 'as common as dirt.'" says Sheri Dew in the forward of Elder Perry's new biography, L. Tom Perry, An Uncommon Life. She continues, "But truth be told, there is nothing common or ordinary about this distinctive and distinguished man who has now served for forty years in the presiding councils of the [Church]. Elder Perry is, in a phrase, larger than life."
From "flip" to "dang," Mormons have a language all their own, and it's often viewed as quaint by others in the world. But are these substitutes any better than "the real thing"? Can we live without these words altogether?
The Church's guidelines on language are outlined simply in the For the Strength of Youth pamphlet:
How you communicate should reflect who you are as a son or daughter of God. Clean and intelligent language is evidence of a bright and wholesome mind. Good language that uplifts, encourages, and compliments others invites the Spirit to be with you. Our words, like our deeds, should be filled with faith, hope, and charity.
In specific reference to cursing, the section continues,