I want to make a simple, short point in this post, after talking with a friend whose Bishop imposed his own view and interpretation in a temple recommend interview (dealing with caffeinated sodas) and, as a result, my friend lost his recommend when he was fully worthy to have one.
There are lots of instances where problems would disappear if local
leaders simply understood what the handbook says and didn't enforce personal
rules that are stricter than the handbook. I'm not saying the handbook is perfect, but,
at the very least, we shouldn't impose stricter standards than it contains.
Note: I updated the information above as a result of the first comment below. This was not a case of a violation of the Word of Wisdom; it was a case of a leader imposing a stricter standard than what the Church itself requires - both in the handbook and in official statements issued recently about the exact issue in question.
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