Why Mormons Don’t Drink Coffee…and Other Things

Have you ever wondered why Mormons can’t drink alcohol, tea or tobacco? There are two main reasons: (1) Our bodies are sacred and (2) The Word of Wisdom.

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Our Bodies Are Sacred

In 1 Corinthians 6:19, Paul asked the Corinthians “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” Regardless of what your religious background is, the word “temple” conjures up some form of holiness, cleanliness or sacredness. Thus, when Paul compares our bodies to a temple, he means that they are sacred gifts from God that should be kept clean.

Mormons believe in honoring our bodies, in keeping ourselves healthy and free from addiction. So in one sense, why can’t Mormons drink alcohol and other things?—because we believe it damages the body.

The Word of Wisdom

The other reason is because of The Word of Wisdom, a law of health revealed by God to Joseph Smith in 1833.

The Word of Wisdom instructs us to:

  • eat healthy foods
  • avoid harmful substances
  • avoid alcohol, tobacco, tea and coffee
  • avoid harmful drugs in any form

So why don’t Mormons drink coffee and other things?—because we are commanded by God not to. The Lord has promised great physical and spiritual blessings to those who follow this law of health. I know I have been blessed in many ways by doing my best to live this law.