Anyways. I have been gathering Conference Talks from when Heber J. Grant was President of the Church into a single file so I can have it to read over the next 7 months, with the intent of perhaps binding it into a book for Christmas gifts. (1918-1945. Flu Pandemic, Great Depression, WWII, FDR, all the fun stuff overseen by one prophet)
While I haven't really started to read much of it and it mostly is copy and paste to a text file. For some reason I stopped to read this passage. Thought it might be interesting to share, for if only fun.
Looks to be the origin of the Grand Coca Cola debate. Noted is that Cocaine was removed in 1903, thus he could only be referring to the caffeinated content which is addictive.The head of the health department, Dr. Beatty, has requested me to say to the Latter-day Saints that there are more injurious ingredients in coca-cola than there are in coffee, and particularly when some of the good people say: "Give me the double shot." I say to the Latter-day Saints, and it is my right to say it-because you have sung, since this conference started (whether you meant it or not, I am not saying)-
"We thank Thee, O God, for a prophet,
To guide us in these latter days; We thank Thee for sending the gospel
To lighten our minds with its rays; We thank Thee for every blessing
Bestowed by Thy bounteous hand; We feel it a pleasure to serve Thee,
And love to obey Thy command."
Now, if you mean it-I am not going to give any command, but I will ask it as a personal, individual favor to me, to let coca-cola alone. There are plenty of other things you can get at the soda fountains without drinking that which is injurious. The Lord does not want you to use any drug that creates an appetite for itself. -Heber J Grant, April 1921