A Word About Coffee

About Sharon Lindbloom

Sharon surrendered her life to the Lord Jesus Christ in 1979. Deeply passionate about Truth, Sharon loves serving as a full-time volunteer research associate with Mormonism Research Ministry. Sharon and her husband live in Minnesota.
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52 Responses to A Word About Coffee

  1. grindael says:

    Of course, Young’s plan backfired. Mormons started making their own whiskey and wine, and it was producing such an intemperate society, that they all got alarmed. They were spending more money on ‘luxury items’ than on tithing! Oh my, the ‘brethern’ couldn’t have that! It became total abstinence, and a stress on tithing. (Read the conference addresses for they years from 1890 on, and they never fail to mention tithing and the wow) But the hypocrites were still selling these items at Z.C.M.I. … and Joesph F. Smith, President of said Company, got up in conference to defend that little hypocritical action, with this:

    “Why some of these pious Mormons found that Z. C. M. I., under the symbol of the All-seeing Eye and the sacred words, “Holiness to the Lord,” sold tea and coffee, and tobacco, and other things possibly that Latter-day Saints ought not to use; and at the drug store, Z. C. M. I. kept liquors of various kinds for medicinal purpose. It was terribly shocking to some of the Latter-day Saints that under these holy words liquor should be kept for sale. Has it ever injured me, in any sense of the word, because Z. C. M. I. drug store kept liquor for sale? Has it made me a drunkard? Have I been under the necessity of guzzling liquid poison? Have I made myself a sot because liquor was kept for sale by Z. C. M. I.? I am not the worse for it, thank the Lord. And who else is? No one, except those pious Mormons(?) who in open day or under the cover of night would go into the drug store and buy liquor to drink. They are the ones, of all others, who of course would be horrified at the fact that liquor was

  2. grindael says:

    sold in a place of merchandise. These who were the most horrified at seeing the All-Seeing Eye and “Holiness to the Lord” over the front door of Z. C. M. I., I will guarantee are the ones that have bought the most tea and coffee, tobacco and whisky there. Anybody will apostatize with that sort of a spirit, if they do not repent of it, because it is a sordid, bigoted, short-sighted and hypocritical spirit. Latter-day Saints cannot afford to indulge in such actions or conduct as this, nor to harbor this spirit in their hearts. It does not matter to me how much tea and coffee Z. C. M. I. sells, so long as I do not buy it. If I do not drink it am I not all right? And if the poor creature that wants it can get it there, that ought to satisfy him. If he could not get it there, he would not patronize Z. C. M. I. at all, but would go somewhere else to deal.” (Conference Report, April 1898)

    Of course Smith then questions all the ‘pious’ Mormons who would question such hypocrisy, and tells them that they are the sinners. Unreal. _johnny

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