Why don't Mormons drink coffee
Sometimes the Lord tells people to do something that doesn't quite make sense at the time, but perhaps many generations will pass before they realize the reason. When the law of Moses was instituted, there came with it a strict standard of what to eat and what not to eat, along with many other various forms of daily observance that alligned the children of Israel with the commands of God. One of the facits of living by the Word of Wisdom is to abstain from the consumption of Hot drinks. Later on in the history of the church President Brigham Young added that Hot drinks were to be interperted to mean coffee and Tea which were the average hot drinks of the time.
So there are a lot of people who are trying to say that Coffee and Tea are actually good for you but there have been several reports and studies showing that hot drinks in particular can be partial to causing such health defects as esophogal, and bladder cancer. besides the release of several hundreds of chemicals during the roasting process, I would rather focus on what I believe to be a truely prophetic council. That council is found in one of the opening sentences of the Word of Wisdomm found in D&C 89;
"Behold, verly, thus saith the Lord unto you: In consiquence of evils and designs which do and will exist in the hearts of conspiring men in the last days, I have warned you and fore warn you by giving unto you this word of wisdom by revelation."
What I see about this revelation concerning the "Evil designs of conspiring men" is not nessicarily what we put in our bodies, but what the entire format of selling coffee is turning into. That is the selling of espresso's, Latte's, and other various forms of coffee products by the exploitation of women. I can't help but notice that there are Espresso stands poping up around my town that have resorted to luring consumers into buying their products through the guise of Sex appeal. Recently one of the local shops was fined for crossing the line between the counties deemed acceptance of what is considered erotic entertainment, and what is considered prostitution.
Where I live this subject is talked about frequently in the newspapers. People are fighting about it fiercely all the time, and there seems to always be a story of local protest, or advocacy for selling a peek at girl parts with your morning caffine fix. To me it is the fulfillment of a prophecy made over 100 years ago.
This is just a tipical sign of the times to most, but I can't help but wonder if 100 years ago people would have thought that the carnal beast of the world would be fueled by the makers and sellers of "Hot drinks"
There are several reasons why Mormons do not drink coffee, for me it is the same as when the Lord told the Hebrews not to eat pork chops. not nessicarily just because it is bad for you, but because he wants us to follow his commandments.
So think about that the next time you decide to frequent your local topless esperesso stand despite the fact that you may have a loving family at home. And go on thinking that it won't hurt anyone to have a look.