Reflections on the Joys of NOT being Mormon
As Jeffrey talked about in his previous post, some of the Mormon Rules are known as the "Word of Wisdom" which among other things forbids the consumption of coffee, tea and alcohol as well as tobacco. I cannot argue with the tobacco part; it’s pretty clear to me and many others that smoking is pretty much self-destructive. Though I certainly respect someone’s right to choose to do so if that’s what they want to do. Now I’d like to address that while alcoholism is certainly a very real and dangerous thing, not everyone who consumes alcohol is or becomes an alcoholic. I wholeheartedly agree with avoiding alcohol for anyone who has a problem with it, but for those who don’t I think moderation is the key. The funny thing about Mormons is they actually preach moderation often, yet don’t really believe it, as shown in their prohibiting alcohol among other things. The hubby and I live in Northern California and are fortunate enough to enjoy the wine country here. We both really enjoy wine and the occasional cocktail. We are very moderate drinkers, in fact I’d say we’re more in the “light” category. Since leaving the Mormons and making our own decisions, one of which was to consume alcohol, it’s ironic to us to hear news reports all the time about some of the health benefits of wine, as well as coffee and of course tea, which has been known for quite some time, yet Mormons choose to ignore it and prohibit it anyway. We also love our coffee and honestly, it’s one of those “simple pleasures” in life. When I have my morning cup of coffee, I feel joy for being “allowed” to do so after years of being forbidden. It’s one of those small, simple things, but when it’s added to a long list of “no-no’s” can really make a person feel deprived. Of course I know that large amounts of caffeine are not good for a person, but again, we’re talking about moderation here. (Oh, and speaking of things that really aren’t good for you, I loved the comment in Jeffrey’s last post about how technically speaking, Mormons really aren’t to be consuming much if any meat yet that mandate goes completely ignored.) The mainstream, non-denominational and non-creepy church we now attend actually has a coffee cart so folks can enjoy a cup of coffee or even a mocha or latte while they listen to the service. Now if Mormons did this I bet they’d boost their attendance! Or at least help members stay awake for the three hour service.