History of the Word of Wisdom, Apr 16, 1869

-- Apr 16, 1869
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] April 16 1869 I left Salt Lake City this morning for a Journey to St Georg. We had the painful intelligence that Franklin Woolley was Murdered By the Indian near Calafornia & they were Bringing his body home in a Metalic Coffin.

J. V. Long was found dead in a ditch on the 14th. Died a drunkard. Found dead with 2 Bottles of whiskey with him. Many smart Men are going to the Grave with drunkeness. ... (1)

-- Apr 21, 1869
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] ... Presidet Young 34 Minuts. He said If I was to tell you the will of God I would say it is the will of God, that you should take of your substance & send it to Gather the poor saints, the means you wood spend for tobaco, tea, Coffee, & whiskey & Gather the poor with it. We should be doing the will of God. It is the will of God that we should keep the word of wisdom. When you want to do Evil it is the will of the devil, & not the will of God. President Young told a dream on Chewing tobaco. We spent the night with Robinson. (1)

-- Apr 26, 1869
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 26 We travelled to Cedar & held a Meeting. H. S. Eldridge Spoke 6 minuts B Young jr. 3 M, Joseph Young 25 Minuts D. H. Wells 38, & Presidet B Young 28 M.

Presidet Young asked do you keep the word of wisdom? Do you pray? If not it is hard living. You know whether you do or not.... (1)

-- Apr 29, 1869
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] Presidt Young spoke 40 Minuts.

He said the Latter Day Saints are not aware of the Influence they have with each other. Now you put wine on the Table morning & night & it will be an injury to you. You might as well tipple with any thing Els as wine. We should set a good Example before all keep the word of wisdom, and if you do not you will soon be severed from the Church. In speaking of Merchandize He said I mean to Break up evry Merchant who has made himself rich off this people & I mean to Break evry one of them By the Help of God. Let the Sisters Attend these Cooperative Stores and not Great Strong Men.... (1)

-- May 2, 1869
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] ... Presidet B Young spoke 60 Minuts & said I do not know that I have spent one Moment to reflect whether I should be saved or not. I know that I am serving a God that will do right & He has given me a work to do And I ask God to Give me Grace & wisdom to perform it & I leave all Events in his hands.

He then read the word of wisdom & said this people never saw the day that they were willing for God to rule over us in all things. There is not one in a thousand willing for it.

During the whole war we were the ownly People in the United States who were safe in person & property. They did not Call for any men. I am Glad of it.

The Nation is agoing to have war & Blood up to their Horses Bridles & they will be destroyed. I have Paid to this people more than two Million of Dollars and they would hunt up some Gentile to give it to him. There is Still many tares with the wheat among this people. What shall we do with them? Let them grow with the wheat untill the Harvest.... (1)

1 - Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies

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