"For those members — and any others — who might be wondering
, the LDS Church takes no stand on drinking Coca-Cola.
The Utah-based faith opposes gambling (including government-run lotteries), guns in churches, euthanasia, Satan worship and hypnotism for entertainment.
These and other positions are spelled out in what Mormons commonly refer to as “the handbook” — a newly published two-volume set of instructions for stake presidents, bishops and other local LDS leaders.
Until now, the handbook was available only to these church leaders. That still holds true for the first volume, which is available online to bishops and stake presidents.
That blue volume includes information about counseling with members. LDS authorities worried that if it were widely read, some members “might decide they don’t need to go see their bishop,” says Michael Otterson, managing director of LDS Public Affairs. “It made much more sense to reserve that volume for leaders.”
But the church is putting the second, red volume online for everyone. So, for the first time, members and outsiders can read for themselves the church’s position on a panoply of social issues.
“It’s extremely convenient to have it on the Internet,” Otterson says. “Church members can search it easily and cross-reference it with other materials. It absolutely makes sense.”
The handbook may be found here