History of the Word of Wisdom, Apr 6, 1888

-- Apr 6, 1888
[Apostle Brigham Young Jr. Diary] [[Conference is well attended, L. Snow has charge. Question of Trustees selling Brigham Young College, farmlands in Cache Valley presented, "Pres[iden]t Woodruff & council gave their consent."]] Pres[iden]t W. W. Epistle read and approved. At 5 p.m. Council partook of the Sacrament in the west office using pure Dixie wine. Previous to partaking Bro[ther] Geo[rge] G. C. humbly asked the forgiveness of his brethren which example was followed by all the members of the Council including D. H. W. & Bishops W. B. P. Jno R. W. & Geo[rge] Reynolds. We were humble as little cr tears. Surely god will not forsake us for we have forgiven each other. (1)

-- Apr 7, 1888
[Apostle Heber J. Grant Diary] Our Quorum . . . met in the Presidents office and partook of Bread and Wine together in remembrance of our Lord Jesus Christ, Each and all of the brethren spoke. Asking for forgiveness and granting it to each other was the main thing in each of the brethrens remarks. [Thatcher and GQC present.] (2)

-- Tuesday, Feb 26, 1889
[Apostle John Henry Smith Diary] Salt Lake City

H.J. Grant and I went out to the Pen and had a long visit with Br. F. M. Lyman. We bot l0 bushels of Apples and sent to the prisoners.

Tonight Hyrum Groesbeck and I took up a labor with Sam Groesbeck about selling Whiskey and he said he would quit it. (3)

-- Apr 20, 1889
[President Wilford Woodruff Journal] ...When we reached Clover Dale it was with difficulty I got to the house. I was suffering from a deadly faintness. Brother Cannon laid his hands upon my head and administered [an/in?] prayer. I received much benifit therefrom, as well as a cup of tea which I drank.... (4)

-- May 31, 1889
Abraham H. Cannon writes: "A sad affair is reported as having occurred in Provo a few days since. Joseph Smoot, a son of Pres. A. O. Smoot, who is wild and addicted to the use of liquor, went into a salon and after getting a glass of whiskey mockingly consecrated it, as is customary in the consecration of oil in the Church. No sooner had he finished this sacreligious act than he was struck with paralysis and fell helpless on the floor. His Gentile companions were horrified at his act, and its result, and carried him home where he has since laid in a very precarious condition. A horrible warning to scoffers!" (5)

1 - Diary of Apostle Brigham Young Jr., http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies
2 - Diary Excerpts of Heber J. Grant, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies
3 - Jean Bickmore White (editor), Church, State, and Politics: The Diaries of John Henry Smith, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1990, http://bit.ly/johnhenrysmith
4 - Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies
5 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com

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