History of the Word of Wisdom, Mar 17, 1890 (Monday)

-- Mar 17, 1890 (Monday)
Nicholas Muhlestein was arrested by drunken U.S. marshals at Provo, for u.c. [Unlawful Cohabitation, I.E. living with a polygamous wife] (1)

-- Saturday, Apr 5, 1890
[Apostle Abraham H. Cannon Journal] ... John H. Smith spoke 20 min. and strongly advised the people against neglecting the commands of God in relation to the Word of Wisdom. He felt that as soon as we were in a position to refrain from the use of tobacco alone we would be more free than we ever yet have been. Francis M. Lyman followed in a similar strain, and counseled the abstaining from meat in large quantities, and also advised all to frequently visit the meetings and partake of the sacrament, and be sure to have the proper spirit when we thus ate and drank.... (2)

-- Wednesday, Apr 9, 1890
[Apostle Abraham H. Cannon Journal] .... We then dressed in our usual clothing and prepared to eat the Lord's Supper in the same manner in which the Prophet Joseph said it was eaten by the Savior and His disciples at Jerusalem, and as Joseph and the brethren did occasionally at Nauvoo; we had several loaves of bread and bottles of wine. The former was broken and we ate and drank till we were fully satisfied. I took a very small quantity of wine... (2)

-- Apr 9, 1890
[Apostle Franklin D. Richards Diary] Clearing of the atmosphere -- misunderstandings were adjusted. We met fasting -- when difficulties were settled, we clothed and prayed in the Holy Order. (We then broke bread and poured out Dixie wine and celebrated the death and suffering of our Lord.) We continued with about an hour's interruption in pouring out our souls to each other till nearly midnight. (3)

[Apostle Heber J. Grant Diary] We broke our fast by partaking of bread and wine. It was five o clock when we had finished eating and I am free to confess that I would prefer the water to the wine in taking the sacrament so far as my own teate is concerned . . . John W. Young 55 (minutes spoken in testimony meeting) All of the brethren who have spoken today have done so in the nicest kind of spirit. As humble and willing as could be. I never heard John W. Young speak before when I thought that he manifested such a good spirit and one which showed that he was willing to be taught. (4)

1 - Jenson, Andrew, Church Chronology
2 - Abraham H. Cannon Journal Excerpts, http://www.amazon.com/Apostles-Record-Journals-Abraham-1889-1896/dp/B000MFD1K4
3 - Diary Excerpts of Franklin D. Richards, 1887-1897, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies
4 - Diary Excerpts of Heber J. Grant, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies

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