Well, it's official — after an announcement by the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Wednesday, one mystery surrounding the Mormon faith has been dispelled for good: Caffeinated sodas are now fair game for thirsty church members.
A statement on the LDS website states that “the church does not prohibit the use of caffeine” and that the faith's health-code reference to “hot drinks” ''does not go beyond (tea and coffee).” While that might not quite satisfy Mormons looking for an alternative to their cup of decaf coffee, it's good news for those who can't resist the pull of an icy can of pop (which includes Mitt Romney, who is known to have a fondess for Diet Coke while on the campaign trail).
Can we look forward to Sermon on the Mountain Dew, a special collector's edition flavor endorsed by the church? Only time will tell, but we imagine that most church members won't be losing much sleep over the whole issue — unless, of course, they drank too much caffeine.
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