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T-shirt design gets coffee shop owners in hot water with Mormon church

TAYLORSVILLE, Utah (AP) ” The owners of a suburban Salt Lake City coffee shop have come up with a new T-shirt after a design that showed java being poured into a Mormon angel’s trumpet landed them in hot water with the church.

Just Add Coffee’s new design is still irreverent. It shows a hand (with dark suit sleeve and white shirt cuff) pouring coffee from a pot into a horn and says: “The Lord giveth, and a church taketh away.”

Store owners Van Lidell and Ed Beazer ” both former managers for Starbucks ” say they use humor to set their 4 1/2-year-old business apart from the competition. A Starbucks opened next door last year.



“We try to be a little more edgy, a little more funny,” Beazer said.

Earlier this year, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sent a letter to Beazer, asking him to stop using the Angel Moroni image.



The T-shirts showed Moroni, a male figure in a robe, blowing a trumpet. The trumpet is turned up at an angle as coffee is poured in.

Not only is Moroni revered ” Mormons believe he appeared to church founder Joseph Smith ” but church members are discouraged from drinking coffee.

“We didn’t do it to be mean. We didn’t do it because we’re anti-Mormon,” Beazer says. “We did it because we thought it was funny.”

A church spokesman hadn’t seen the new T-shirt and had no comment.

Beazer and Lidell say they already have sold 150 shirts since the new model debuted in mid-April with orders from across the country.


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