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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Sister Missionaries Robbed . . . Of A Cigarette Case? I Don't Think So

Saturday night, two sister missionaries in Augusta, Georgia were robbed at gunpoint. I read a variety of news articles about this incident and all covered basically the same facts, except one. The Augusta Chronicle is reporting that the sisters' were robbed of a "cigarette case."

Augusta Chronicle: Missionaries robbed at gunpoint


The other news articles list only the items you would expect missionaries to be carrying like the Bible, Book of Mormon, cell phones, etc.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Mormon missionaries robbed at gunpoint in Georgia
Fox 13: 2 Mormon missionaries robbed at gunpoint in Georgia
WRDW-TV Augusta: Mormon missionaries robbed at gunpoint in Augusta
ABC4: Mormon sister missionaries robbed at gunpoint
KSL: LDS missionaries robbed in Georgia

L.D.S. (Mormon) beliefs and practice prohibit the use of tobacco and have since the 1830's. This is scripture and can be found in The Doctrine and Covenants, chapter 89, verse 8:
And again, tobacco is not for the body, neither for the belly, and is not good for man, but is an herb for bruises and all sick cattle, to be used with judgment and skill.
The health law that the tobacco prohibition falls under is called, "The Word of Wisdom" and includes other restrictions and dietary suggestions.

I suspect a careless, or calculating, reporter is responsible for the inclusion of "cigarette case" in the list of items the sister missionaries were robbed of.

2 comments:

  1. If you read the comments on that article, it actually clears up the confusion. The cigarette case was actually a vintage item, being used as a wallet. No tobacco involved.

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  2. I was one of the missionaries and yes... My companion carried a vintage cigarette case as a wallet. Thanks bye.

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