History of the Word of Wisdom, Oct 4, 1892

-- Oct 4, 1892
[Apostle Franklin D. Richards Diary] We ate and drank the sac. of the Lord's supper with bread and Utah Wine. -- much promise errons(?) conversation about Union Politics 3r. JFS spoke lengthily in review of our political views & efforts He highly appreciated my remarks on Union & blessed me cordially. (1)

-- Dec 21, 1892
[Apostle Abraham H. Cannon Journal] At 2 o'clock I went with Father to attend the funeral of Wm. H. Shearman at his residence. He has been sick for some time, and died quite suddenly on Monday last. In fact there are some suspicions that he hastened his own death by taking an overdose of morphine or some other drug. He was a member of the Church when he died, and held the office of a Seventy, but his folks are all out of the Church, and they had [an] Episcopal service held over his remains; nor did they allow him to be buried in his Temple robes though he had prepared them only the week before his death. He fell from the Church at the time of the Godbeite movement, but soon repented his folly and was rebaptized. He was a very liberal man, and the day of his death I received from him a letter containing the amount of over $150 in a note of Godbe-Pitts Drug Co., payable in 60 days, to be applied on a donation to the temple in this city. (2)

-- Mar 23, 1893
[Apostle Marriner W. Merrill Diary] We met at 10 a. m. fasting. The Presidency met with us. We hold our meetings in Historian's office. The subject of Apostle Moses Thatcher, B, H. Roberts, and C. W. Penrose was discussed at length; they all went in direct opposition to the First Presidency policy in the last fall political campaign. Those Brethren were not at the meeting, Brother Thatcher being very sick and had to go home. After a long discussion in which the First Presidency and ten of the Apostles (all that were present) were all unanimously agreed, it was decided that those Brethren should see their wrong, repent and make confessions to their Quorums and the Presidency. We all partook of bread and wine at 3:30 p. m. and adjourned at 4:30 p. m. to meet again on Monday, April 3rd. It was agreed upon that the Brethren above named should not attend the dedication of the Salt Lake Temple until they made matters right. (3)

-- Nov 18, 1893
[President Wilford Woodruff Journal] 18 I spent the day at home. Done some Choreing. I tied up my Jappan wine buries &c. (4)

-- Wednesday, Jan 17, 1894
[Apostle John Henry Smith Diary] Salt Lake City

Lorenzo Snow, F. D. Richards, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant, A. H. Cannon and myself met at the Temple. We spent the forenoon reading the history of the Twelve.

All of the Presidency and Bro. M. Thatcher joined us and we broke bread together and drank wine.

I was chosen to go to Mexico today. (5)

1 - Diary Excerpts of Franklin D. Richards, 1887-1897, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies
2 - Diary of Apostle Abraham H. Cannon, http://www.amazon.com/Apostles-Record-Journals-Abraham-1889-1896/dp/B000MFD1K4
3 - Notes from the Miscellaneous Record Book, 1886-1906: Selected diary notes from the journal books of Marriner Wood Merrill, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies
4 - Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies
5 - 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

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