Can Mormons eat chocolate?

In this short article, we will provide an answer to the question “can Mormons eat chocolate?”  and the eating habits of Mormons.

Can Mormons eat chocolate?

Yes, eating chocolate is okay among Mormons.

Acceptable:

  • Hot apple cider and hot chocolate are available.
  • Caffeine-free soft drinks.
  • Chocolate
  • Consumption of meat in moderation.
  • Postum
  • A grain- and vegetable-rich diet.

Probably acceptable:

  • Herbal tea is, according to the Word of Wisdom, “should be used prudently and with thankfulness.”
  • Cooking with wine is permissible since the alcoholic content is burned off during the cooking process.

Not acceptable

  • Alcohol, including wine and beer
  • Caffeinated teas include black tea, green tea, and others.
  • Coffee and coffee-related recipes 
  • Iced coffee and iced caffeinated tea are also available.
  • Illegal substances, recreational substances, and unauthorized prescription medicines.

Mormons are Christians, aren’t they?

Considering that Jesus Christ is a central figure in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ doctrine, members of the church consider themselves Christians. The church has recently placed a larger emphasis on their Christian-ness than in the past, although church members have always considered themselves Christians since the church was established in 1830, and this has been the case for a long time. It is known as “Latter-day Saints” because members of the New Testament’s “primitive” church, who were called “Saints,” were referred to as such by their adherents. The president of the church, Gordon B. Hinckley, has said that “We are Christians in every sense of the term, and this is being more widely recognized today. Once upon a time, people all across the globe said that we were not Christians. As a result of our witness, they have come to understand who we are as well as the vigor and vibrancy of our religion, which is based on the teachings of Jesus Christ.” In 1981, the Book of Mormon has given the subtitle “Another Testament of Jesus Christ” by the Mormon Church to clarify the Christian elements that are at the core of their faith, according to the church.

What Isn’t in the Mormon Meal Plan?

Much with many other aspects of the LDS religion, the need of maintaining good health comes from revelation, in this case, a section of the Doctrine and Covenants known as the Word of Wisdom by Mormons, which is found in the Book of Mormon. Tradition has it that Joseph Smith and other early LDS leaders smoked tobacco during Church meetings, causing fluids to splatter all over the floor when they did so. It was Emma Hale Smith who expressed her displeasure with this behavior, and the Prophet was moved to ask God whether tobacco smoking was truly appropriate for Latter-day Saints after hearing her complaints.

A ban on the use of wine, whiskey, meat, and hot drinks was added in the Lord’s response, which was contained in D&C section 89. Although many Mormons understand this text to imply that all caffeine is dangerous and should be avoided, this is not official Church doctrine; the Church allows members to make their own choices on this issue, and some members choose to drink cola instead of coffee.

Putting the Wise Word into Practice

While Latter-day Saints interpreted the Word of Wisdom more generously than they did in the 1830s or do today, they did so throughout the bulk of the nineteenth century. Moderation, rather than total abstinence, was the key:

  • Among the items recommended by the Church as necessary for the 1846 westward trip were coffee, tea, and wine.
  • Church leaders used wine to administer the sacrament during Sunday meetings and at temple dedication ceremonies at Kirtland, Ohio, and Nauvoo, Illinois.
  • Brigham Young smoked tobacco throughout the majority of his adult life, according to historical records. His terrible habit predated his conversion to Mormonism, and he battled hard to break it for nine years between 1848 and 1857, during which he was successful.
  • Young encouraged early Latter-day Saints to develop vineyards in Utah, and he sent a party of Swiss immigrants to establish the Dixie Wine Mission in southern Utah as a result of his encouragement. Because their vineyards were very lucrative, they were able to sell wine across the Western United States in the late nineteenth century. Even though Young and other Latter-day Saints allowed a certain quantity of wine or Danish beer in the late nineteenth century, he had little tolerance for drunkenness, vulgar behavior, or the interpersonal violence that might result from alcohol addiction.

What is the source of the claim that Mormonism is a sectarian religion?

Temples are the most often cited and conspicuously targeted by critics of the Mormon religion for their alleged secrecy. They are thereafter closed to the public, and church members are forbidden from discussing the rituals that take place inside them. According to the church, the temple and its rituals are sacred, and as such should be kept private rather than hidden. They claim that early Christianity contained esoteric rites and bodies of knowledge that were kept hidden to maintain its sacred nature, similar to those seen in other religions.

Conclusion

In this short article, we provided an answer to the question “can Mormons eat chocolate?”  and the eating habits of Mormons.

Reference

https://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2019/aug/17/mormons-are-reminded-on-forbidden-food-/
https://www.exmormon.org/phorum/read.php?2,1911701
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-41351251

Hello, I am Medhavi Singh. I am a PhD Scholar in the field of Food Science and Nutrition. I'm a skilled professional in Nutrition and Food technology. I love baking and writing food blogs, and in future, I want to become a Food Scientist.