I haven’t worked in seven months. I’m a chemist and I’ve always worked on quality control. There’s an opportunity to work in a brewery as a laboratory coordinator. I wouldn’t have to drink anything. I think it’s my best bet at employment, but I’m a faithful member of the church. Do you think it’s a bad idea?

Johanna from Bogota,
(Comment originally posted in Spanish)


One Response to “Can Mormons work in a brewery?”


El Santo Gringo
January 22, 2017

A Mormon missionary hugging a Mormon bishop in Aracaju, Sergipe, Brazil.

Hi Joanna. This is a very difficult question. The word of wisdom says that we shouldn’t drink alcohol. But does that imply that we also have a responsibility to prevent others from drinking? Certainly alcohol has done a lot of damage to society. It seems wise to discourage its use. But how far do we, as members, have to go to discourage it?

I’ve heard members of the church express different opinions. Some believe that Mormons should have nothing to do with alcohol. Others point out that Brigham Young owned brewery. He claimed that only Mormons had to avoid alcohol, not others who might be passing through Utah. But back in Brigham Young’s time the Word of Wisdom is just a suggestion, not a commandment. So his kind of thinking might not apply today.

Please talk with your Bishop about this. He’ll be able to give you much better advice given your specific situation. Sorry I couldn’t be more helpful!

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