In 2012, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a statement clarifying its stance on how caffeinated sodas fit in with the Word of Wisdom and said it "does not mention the use of caffeine". Mormons do not drink tea and coffee, noted the British Broadcasting Corporation.
Mormon worshippers are still prohibited from consuming alcohol or tobacco, and students at the predominantly Mormon school are famously required to abide by a strict.
The move sparked social media celebrations from current and former students, with many recalling how they had hauled their own 2-liter bottles of caffeinated sodas in their backpacks to keep awake for long study sessions.
Even after that, BYU, which is owned and operated by the Mormon Church, declined to sell the soft drinks.
A Mormon university ended a ban on the sale of caffeinated beverages.
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"I think it's a step in the right direction because I think it will lead to more acceptance and less judgment and I think if you judge you can't love", Simmons says.
The Utah-based Mormon religion directs its almost 16 million worldwide members to avoid alcohol and hot beverages such as coffee and tea as part of an 1833 revelation from Mormon founder Joseph Smith.
Whether it's been an espresso-laced coffee or a cold Coca-Cola, caffeinated drinks have fueled campuses for decades.
It's not clear how the business will be impacted by the dining service change. That means no Dr. Pepper or Mountain Dew.
"Over the last several years, we have seen an increase in our customers, our consumer, in requests for caffeinated soft drinks", said Carri Jenkins, spokeswoman for BYU. BYU director of dining services Dean Wright said in an online Q&A that the university will still not offer highly caffeinated energy drinks like Monster Beverage Corp.'s (MNST) offerings.