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Question #90339 posted on 09/07/2017 11:02 p.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I'm looking to become a bartender, because I'm an arts major, I plan on living in big cities once I graduate in 2 semesters, and I know it's a flexible "day job" that can help me support myself while I'm chasing the dream. BUT I am a little worried--if BYU finds out I'm working as a bartender, could it threaten my standing with the school? I've looked over the Honor Code Statement trying to figure it out, but do you know if there's a precedent for people being censured for this kind of thing?

-B(art)ending the Rules?


Dear Art,

As far as the Honor Code goes, technically as long as you are not consuming the alcohol, you're not breaking it. I know several BYU students and alumni, including my very Mormon AP Lit teacher, who had gone into bars as a student. As far as working at one goes, the main trouble you might run into is your ecclesiastical endorsement since it might depend on how your bishop interprets the question, "Do you support, affiliate with, or agree with any group or individual whose teachings or practices are contrary to or oppose those accepted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?"

It might be a good idea to talk with your bishop about this, not because his opinion on what you're doing is more important than what you feel is right but because his opinion does determine whether your ecclesiastical endorsement can be renewed. If it's not an option while you're still a student, you could always start this path after you've graduated. Best of luck!

-Van Goff

posted on 09/11/2017 7:43 p.m.
Dear Bart and Van Goff,
That question about affiliating with groups whose practices are in opposition to the Church is about polygamy, so unless you're planning on working at a bar called Sister Wives you should be in the clear.

-Nellie Bly
posted on 09/11/2017 10:13 p.m.
I can also confirm that serving alcohol does not (or, at least, has not so far) prevent one from obtaining a temple recommend. It's one of those "if we said no bartending, would we also have to say no waitressing? No allowing people to purchase alcohol at one's register?" questions. I will warn you, however, that serving alcohol most usually requires you to taste it at some point and THAT is against the word of wisdom.

-Still makes a mean mocktail