BYU adds caffeinated soft drinks for first time since 1950s

Melissa Jeltsen for Huff Post
Rachel Densley 22 and Alexander Ure 23 make an early morning soda run at Brigham Young University

BYU Dining Services reversed its previous decision to not sell caffeinated beverages on BYU's campus. Since then, as BYU student newspaper The Daily Universe reported in 2015, over a dozen soda shops, including drive-thrus, have opened in Utah County, where the school's main campus in Provo is located.

In a paradigm shifting move, Brigham Young University will soon be offering caffeinated soft drinks.

Media reports have incorrectly stated that Mormons aren't allowed to drink caffeinated soft drinks - in fact, the Church's 2012 clarification was in response to a TV segment. "Just the small change of allowing caffeinated beverages - because it's not against our religion - it's high time".

While many Mormons do avoid caffeinated soft drinks, LDS Doctrine and Covenants - the revelation Mormon prophet Joseph Smith says he received from God - only explicitly forbids the consumption of "hot drinks".

Jenkins noted that students have always been free to bring their own caffeine-filled beverages onto campus.

Even before this change, there was at least one way to get a Coke on campus.

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Jones said he didn't know whether to believe it when he saw the announcement on his phone so he walked to a student center and saw the first bottles being stocked in vending machines and refrigerators.

The campus has a contract with Coca-Cola and will be installing the "freestyle" dispensers around campus.

The same can't be said of the university's campus in Rexburg. And for other caffeinated sodas that aren't part of the Coca-Cola brand.

The university consistently resisted calls for a caffeinated campus, insisting its consumers did not want it.

Amber Whiteley said she used to get nasty looks when she brought Mountain Dew to campus when she was a BYU student almost a decade ago. In a Facebook post, Caffeine Corner said, "Sounds like we're still in business". She said some older Mormons in her Salt Lake City congregation still believe all caffeine is prohibited.

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