History of the Word of Wisdom, Jun 12, 1889

-- Jun 12, 1889
John M. Whitaker writes: "... We went at once to Brother Maeser's home where I was introduced to his charming daughter, and after supper, he took us to Dr. Hamberg's home, the man from whom Brigham had stolen, and here he told us how it all happened: That when Brigham came from the canyon, to his home where he boarded, Brigham secured a key to the cellar, took wine and treated his two young friends, until they were all drunk, and then he entered Mr. Smart's little store, took $20.00, some cigars, perfume and other things; that later he was arrested by the sheriff, and tried to put the blame on others, but was placed under bonds for trial." (1)

-- Monday, Jul 1, 1889
[Apostle John Henry Smith Diary] Beaver, Greenville and Adamsville

We held meetings at Greenville and Adamsville and had a pleasant time. All of the ward authorities were presented to the people and sustained. Bp. Morris confessed he had been intoxicated and was forgiven. (2)

-- During November 1889
[John Nuttle Diary] ...I spent a bad night last night and am quite sick this Morning. I spent a bad night last night and am quite sick this morning. I had sister Sudbury make me a cup of tea and I felt better. I have arranged to heve Joseph sleep with me. I received a letter from Bro. John W. Taylor in reply to mine of Oct 29th I walked out this evening for an hour. (3)

-- During 1889
Elder B. H. Roberts, in an article printed in The Contributor Vol. 10:265 (1889) made some very interesting remarks concerning Adam coming from another planet. We are informed that the Lord God made every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb before it grew on our planet. As vegetation was created or made to grow upon some older earth, and made to grow, so likewise man and his helpmate were brought from some other world to our own, to people it with their children. *** . . . instead of being molded as a brick we are brought forth by the natural laws of procreation: so also was Adam and his wife in some other world. (4)

(Francis M. Lyman) Lyman's two years on the underground in Mexico and Canada produced wild rumors about the apostle. When he heard them, Wilford Woodruff thundered, "I might believe the report of a general earthquake, but the report that Francis M. Lyman is guilty of drunkenness and adultery, never, no never! That is something that can never be truthfully reported in heaven, on earth, or in hell." (5)

1 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com
2 - 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
3 - Diary Excerpts of L. John Nuttall, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies
4 - Quotations Dealing with the Relationship of Our First Earthy Parents to Our Heavenly Parents (1830-1978)
5 - Van Wagoner, Richard and Walker, Steven C., A Book of Mormons, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies

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