History of the Word of Wisdom, Nov 12, 1858

-- Nov 12, 1858
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] Note Friday night I met with President Young G A Smith O. Hyde E. T Benson & Elder Wall & A. J. Stewart. President Young in speaking of the 3 men that was Cut off from the church Chesley & James Phelps and anoth[er] He hoped they would not come back for they were a stink in any place. James Phelps will steal & Get Drunk.... (1)

-- Nov 14, 1858
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 14 Sunday The Conference met at 10 oclok. Presidet Wells spoke after President Kimball, & He was followed by Presidet Young who reproved the Elders sharply in the power of God for the evils which exhisted among them.

The Conference then Cut off from the Church by an unanimous vote [ ] members and on saturday they cut off [ ] Members making a total of [ ]. They were Cut of for Aposticy, drunkenness lying swareing whoredores &c.

President Young again spoke & asked if they supposed all was Cut off that should be. I tell you no. If all should be Cut off that ought to be there would be many more than there is to day. He said that any man that wilfully sined and broke the Law of God ought to be Cut off. Men may do wrong & sin wilfully with there Eyes. Can I forgive them? I will if God will but he will require the penalty to be paid. I will forgive men for sining ignorantly.

Conference adjourned till 6 April. I met with the Quorum of the Twelve for prayer. O. Hyde prayed. O. Pratt was mouth. (1)

-- Dec 13, 1858
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] ... We made an estimate of the Armey as follows: 3,000 soldiers remaining in the Territory 800 to origon 400 to Mexico 400 to Levensworth total 4,600. Government teamsters 3,200, Cotractors teamsters 4,930. Sutlers & whiskey dealers 1,500 gamblers 170. General Harneys command 2,700 total 17,100. 14,400 Came to the Territory. Contractors oxes 13 to each 4,006 waggons 52,078 = 1,200 suttlers waggons 12 oxen each 14,400 Baggage waggons for Armey 19,200.... (1)

-- Dec 25, 1858
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 25th Christmas morning I went to the office in the morning. The City seemed to be Quiet. I took dinner with A. O. Smoot with Mrs Woodruff & spent the evening at his house. I was informed that Judge Sinclair got vary drunk fell into the gutter drew a pistol upon Craig & Craig drew a knife upon him but both were two drunk to do any hurt. (1)

-- During 1858
[Journalism] Editors of the territory's second paper, which appeared in 1858, intended it to serve Utah's non-Mormon minority, particularly the soldiers at Camp Floyd. Kirk Anderson's Valley Tan, a weekly, took its name from a term applied first to leather made in the territory, and later to any item of home manufacture, including moonshine liquor. Less than a year later, Mormons founded The Mountaineer, a weekly claiming to be independent but devoting much space to answering the jibes of the Valley Tan. (2)

1 - Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies
2 - Utah History Encyclopedia: Journalism, http://www.media.utah.edu/UHE/j/JOURNALISM.html

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