My new calling is teaching the investigator class during Sunday School (or the Gospel Essentials class), so many of my posts will probably stem from my lessons each week. This week the lesson was on the Word of Wisdom. I wanted to share something that I have thought about frequently over the past few years, but has now been confirmed to me through this lesson. The question that I have been thinking about for a long time now is whether or not it is okay for members to drink caffeine. I had personally come to the conclusion that I should not drink caffeine, but I felt like I needed further confirmation that caffeine should be avoided. I know that this is a very controversial subject but I want to quote from the church website (click HERE if you want to read more). "We should avoid all drinks that contain harmful drugs." I have personally felt the effects of living a caffeine free life. In my chosen profession I am constantly surrounded by others who just can't seem to function without their caffeinated beverages (whether they be coffee, tea, or caffeinated soda). I see the addiction that is there and each day I am thankful for a loving Heavenly Father who has given us the word of wisdom to guide us in our choices. I know that my body is healthier and that I have more energy to perform my daily duties. Not to mention I have more money in my pocket because I mostly drink water!
Another quick note on the word of wisdom that I want to share is the promised blessings that we receive when we obey the word of wisdom. In D&C 89 the Lord promises that the destroying angel shall pass us by. Elder Spencer W. Kimball said that in our time this means we will be saved from spiritual death. "For observing the Word of Wisdom the reward is life, not only prolonged mortal life but life eternal." What a great blessing that is and I know that if we obey this commandment to keep our bodies pure and healthy we will gain eternal life and will never know the sadness of heartache of experiencing spiritual death.