No disrespect taken.
There is room in the Church for different beliefs about caffeine consumption -- the original revelation, given to Joseph Smith in 1833, stated "hot drinks are not for the body or belly." (<A HREF="http://scriptures.lds.org/dc/89">D&C 89:9</A>). This was originally given as counsel, not "commandment or constraint." It was, however, made into a commandment later, when Brigham Young was prophet. Then, and I'm sorry about sketchy details here -- it was in the 1950s, I think -- "hot drinks" was specified as "coffee and tea." Specific Church statements are at <A HREF="http://www.lds.org/library/display/0,4945,11-1-13-38,00.html">http://www.lds.org/library/display/0,4945,11-1-13-38,00.html</A>, but don't say much more than that hot drinks "means coffee and tea, which contain harmful drugs." Caffeine.
Now plenty of Church members still drink sodas and whatnot, and eat chocolate, and all that caffeinated jazz. Sort of obedience to the letter of the law, but not the spirit. But the Church doesn't ask "do you drink caffeine" when you're being interviewed for a recommend to the temple (only worthy members can attend the temple -- not the chapel where we go on Sundays, but one of the 50+ dedicated temples in the world -- and I'm a bit ashamed to say that I haven't been in more than 2 years, but that I'll be getting my temple recommend next week, so I'm back on track). They ask if you obey the Word of Wisdom (the name for the law of health -- D&C 89), which leaves it open to the discretion of the member to judge their own worthiness as far as caffeine goes. (Alcohol, tobacco, and harmful drugs are all explicitly forbidden, though you still get some variety of opinions with NyQuil and whatnot.)
Wow. I'm poking around the <A HREF="http://www.lds.org">official church site</A> and finding cool video clips. Well, <A HREF="http://www.lds.org/media/video/enr/WordofWisdom/WordofWisdom_MR.mov">semi-cool</A>.
As for polygamy.... whew-boy. THERE'S a can of worms. You won't find much on it in our <A HREF="http://www.lds.org/library/display/0,4945,11-1-13-1,00.html">basic beliefs</A>; though it's true that anyone in the past century to have entered into a polygamous relationship would be excommunicated (starting with <A HREF="http://scriptures.lds.org/od/1">this</A> in 1890), it's also true that the Lord did give <A HREF="http://scriptures.lds.org/dc/132">commandments</A> to some people to have plural marriages back between the 1830s and and 1880s. These <A HREF="http://scriptures.lds.org/jacob/2">changes in commandment (Jacob 2:27-30)</A> from an unchanging God are difficult for lots of folks, but they go right along with basic beliefs. These links are scripture, so you'll find them in our works with The Book of Mormon and the Bible. But they're also some of the deepest beliefs we have -- as missionaries teach people, they don't delve into these deeper doctrines before people have prayed about the Book of Mormon to ask God if it's true, and if the message we're bringing them is true, and have <A HREF="http://scriptures.lds.org/moro/10/4">gotten an answer</A>. If He tells you it's true, that the Church is His Church, then you no longer worry if imperfect men are making up doctrines and policies, which would be my first assumption when looking at any organization, religious or otherwise.
Took me a loooooooong time to get my answer.
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