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Can LDS drink Coke?
The answer to this question largely depends on the individual’s interpretation of the Word of Wisdom, a set of guidelines found in the Doctrine and Covenants Section 89 that outline certain substances and practices that members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) are encouraged to avoid. While the Word of Wisdom specifically prohibits the consumption of alcohol, tobacco, and hot drinks (interpreted by the church to mean coffee and tea), it makes no mention of soda or other caffeinated beverages.
While the church has historically discouraged the use of caffeine, it has never expressly forbidden it. As a result, it is ultimately up to the individual to decide whether they believe drinking Coke (or any other caffeinated beverage) falls within the guidelines of the Word of Wisdom. Some members may choose to avoid it altogether as a personal choice, while others may feel that moderate consumption does not conflict with their understanding of the Word of Wisdom.
The LDS church emphasizes personal agency and encourages its members to seek personal revelation and make informed decisions based on their own understanding of the gospel teachings and principles. Therefore, while there is no definitive answer to whether LDS individuals can drink Coke, each individual must prayerfully consider their own interpretation of the Word of Wisdom and make their own informed decision.