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2/11/14 3:18 P

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That is a good and accurate response. I am reminded of 1 Thessalonians 5:22 "Abstain from all appearance of evil".

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2/11/14 2:17 P

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I don't think this is about judging at all. A questions was asked and we are just contributing our own feelings and/or knowledge. One of my missionaries (a very, very long time ago) said, "when it comes to commandments.....if we ask "can we", we usually already know the answer and are often just looking for a way to justify our actions." I have used that as a guide ever since and it has served me well.
The handbook in the paragraph about the Word of Wisdom clearly defines hot drinks as coffee and tea. Green tea is from the same plant as black tea: Camellia sinensis. Black tea is more oxidized than oolong, green and white teas. So to me that would be a no.
That being said, we have been given the gift of the Holy Ghost and the spirit of discernment. We are entitled to personal revelation to help us understand the doctrine and the will of our Heavenly Father. Go to him in prayer. He will guide you.

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2/10/14 9:27 P

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I think my biggest concern is that we sometimes we become Pharisees when it comes to some things. When we do that, we become narrow minded and judgmental about a lot of things that aren't even connected to the question.

I recall a story about Brigham Young (no idea if it is true or not) arriving after a very cold ride and demanding lots of hot coffee. The next morning the hosts served coffee again and were rebuked. Brigham said that the previous evening was about being cold and needing some stimulants but in the warmth of morning it wasn't necessary.

Not sure where that takes us, but it is not something I want to decide for someone else.

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2/10/14 11:42 A

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Of course there are many wonderful people in the world who bless our lives but who do not live an LDS lifestyle. That is not disputed. I think if your question is "Is drinking decaf green tea still in keeping the Word of Wisdom", I would venture to say the question is not about the caffeine, it's about the tea. There's no caveat saying "unless it's caffeine free". Herbal teas don't have "tea" in them so are a little different. But one of the wonderful thing about the gospel is that beautiful word "agency". We have access to personal revelation and can choose for ourselves. For myself, tea is tea, whether it has caffeine or not. However, my departed grandmother, who was extremely devout, used tea as a remedy for bad headaches. Best to you! :)

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1/31/14 4:28 P

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One of the wonderful things we are learning as member in a church that has interesting and often misunderstood rules and commandments is that we need to separate the behaviors from the people who do them.

Drinking anything from coffee and tea to caffeinated or other kinds of sodas and alcohol may at times be very appropriate and correct for the people doing it. There are also times when it is medically advised for various reasons and we cannot judge someone for their choice in that way.

Some of the most wonderful people I have ever met have habits that are counter to the teachings of the Church. They smell of tobacco, they drink coffee, they even drink on occasion. They are also sometimes gay or living together without benefit of marriage. These people have blessed my life and have given me gifts I cannot imagine living without. I do not doubt they were given to me to bless my life.

That said, I think that we have personal decisions to make about the things we do in our lives and there are times when we may do one or more things that another may judge as "not in keeping with the commandments." They may be very right at that time or they may be something that we need to do for our own reasons.

I hope that if you see me doing something you don't approve of that you will understand and look at the person and not the cup of green tea that I may or may not be drinking.

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1/31/14 1:35 P

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I feel green tea is not appropriate to drink. I agree with the MOM2BOYZ1GIRL. It isn't about the caffeine. I feel it is one of those things based on faith and will be answered later.

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1/28/14 12:24 P

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Its not about the caffeine. I asked our missionaries in the ward. There is some other reason we are not suppose to drink coffee and tea. Unless it is herbal tea.

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5/2/12 9:44 P

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I guess it really is a choice you have to make on your own. What about green tea supplicaments? As in a vitamin?



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4/30/12 8:11 P

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I too choose not to. I mostly stick to water, milk, and 100% juice.

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4/29/12 12:39 P

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I agree with WalkingGrandma. I have had several friends and relatives who are herbal tea drinkers, and when I was a missionary in France, herbal teas were very popular among both members and non-members (called tesanes there in opposition to thé which is the more traditional tea). I made a personal choice not to partake, but it didn't bother me if others did until one of those others was my daughter. You are the one that has to make an honest answer at your temple recommend interview. Discuss this in prayer with the Lord when you are making your decision, and remember that there are usually other things that give the same benefits. (Ex: Wine has been highly touted for its anti-oxidant value lately, but many sources I have read say that grape juice and other fruit juices are just as good in that way; they just aren't making the news! Plus fruit juice has the added advantage of not posing the risk of alcoholism or liver damage.)

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4/29/12 8:06 A

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What you drink is always a personal choice. If you feel it is within the WoW guidelines, then do so. If you have doubt, you may want to avoid it. While many say there are advantages to drinking green tea and other teas, there is always a new "favorite" health food and another falling into disfavor.

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4/29/12 1:34 A

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What do you think of caffeine free green tea? without caffeine, is green tea okay to drink?

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