Because the WoW *isn't* primarily a health law. It is a law of obedience and

Stacy Smith wrote:

> If the recommendations were changed to not include caffeine, why not, since
> we know the following about it?  I read or heard on the radio that caffeine
> takes calcium from the bones.  If this is true, it seems likely that it
> should be included.
> Stacy.
> At 06:06 AM 11/20/2002 +0000, you wrote:
> >Jon,
> >
> >It appears that the generally accepted definition of "hot drinks" may
> >have been fairly broad for a period of time.  A quote from Widtsoe's
> >1937 book on the Word of Wisdom--
> >
> >Caffeine, the essential principle of tea and coffee, was discovered, as
> >a chemical substance, a few years before the Word of Wisdom was
> >received. This knowledge was, however, buried in scientific
> >publications. It is very unlikely that the Prophet Joseph Smith had
> >heard of it. It was many years after 1833 that the physiological effect
> >of caffeine was established by science. In the days of Joseph Smith, tea
> >and coffee did not come in for the disfavor shown by some towards
> >alcohol and tobacco. Indeed, people were often advised to use tea and
> >coffee as a means of conquering the liquor habit.
> >
> >That the expression "hot drinks" was used in the Word of Wisdom rather
> >than "coffee and tea," is notable; for by so doing a host of other
> >injurious habit-forming beverages now used (or that may be used) become
> >subject to the Word of Wisdom.
> >
> >
> >( John A. Widtsoe and Leah D. Widtsoe, The Word of Wisdom: A Modern
> >Interpretation [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1937], 99.)
> >
> >I see several other quotes from Church authorities during the
> >mid-nineteen-hundreds that contain similar language with reference to
> >caffeine-containing beverages.
> >
> >As far as I can recall, it was never interpreted thus during my
> >lifetime.  Apparently the revision to more narrowly focus the Word of
> >Wisdom came about some time after the 1940's.
> >
> >It would also seem more significant, I suppose, if we knew specifically
> >what the requirements for a temple recommend were based on.  Again, my
> >experience over the last thirty years is that the temple recommend
> >interview only focused specifically on tea and coffee as "hot drinks".
> >No bishop has ever questioned me about using caffeine.
> >
> >---
> >Mij Ebaboc
> >
> >
> >
> >Jon Spencer wrote:
> >---
> >We talked about this issue today with a couple of sister customers in
> >our bookstore.  They both recall that when they were married (many moons
> >ago), it was taught that caffeine was against the WoW.  They said it was
> >in the lesson manuals (I'll take their word for it because I am just a
> >newbie - 9 years).  They also knew that that had been retracted.
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