History of the Word of Wisdom, Sep 29, 1883

-- Sep 29, 1883
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] ...A O Smoot Harvey Cluff, Isaac Bullock And David Holdaway set apart 25 Home Missionaries. G Q Cannon spoke 30 M, W. Woodruff 20. He said there would be a Dividing Line in this Church and that line would be Between those who Could Preach the whole Law of God including the word of wisdom and practice what they Preach & those who Could not. (1)

-- Oct 6, 1883
[J.D.T. McAllister Diary] W. Woodruff declares oneness of the Twelve

at conference President Wilford Woodruff addressed us The Priesthood called to build up the Kingdom of God. The Church never in its history as prosperous. Prest. Taylor had wisdom and revela-his counselors the same. Twelve apostles united never better. word of wisdom and law of Gov. no man a right to preach any principle he does not practice. (2)

-- Oct 12, 1883
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] Oct 12, 1883 This was a day of fasting and Prayer with the leaders of the Church. I took a Bath and wash in the Morning and went to the Endowment House at 9 oclok to receive the washing of feet as it was done in Kirtland 47 years ago By the Prophet Joseph Smith as an Initiatory ordinance into the school of the Prophets. Remarks were made By the Presidency & others. President John Taylor washed the feet of Zebedee Coltrin as He was the ownly man living that was in the first school of the Prophets organized by Joseph Smith in Kirtland /in 1833/. Then Zebedee Coultrin washed the feet of Presidet Taylor. Then Presidet Taylor washed the feet of his two Councillors & all the Twelve Apostles except C. C. Rich who was sick & John Henry Smith in England. He washed the feet of 38 in all. At the Close of this Ceremony we partook of Bread & wine as a sacrament as they did in the Temple in Kirtland which Closed the labor of the day.

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-- Dec 24, 1883
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 24 I went to the Temple in the morning. We had a day of Prayer and fasting. I met with 28 Men Holding the Melchesedek Priesthood and I organized them into the school of the Prophets, all of which had Entered into the school of the Patriarchal order of Marriage and all agreed to keep the word of wisdom. <I washed the feet of 24 men.> We broak bread and partook of the sacramet of Bread and wine. <The washing of feet was an introductory ordinance into the school of the prophets. I also gave the salutation to the brethren as they entered the school.> We had a vary interesting day. The spirit of the Lord rested upon us. (1)

-- Feb 24, 1884
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 24 Sunday I Attended Meeting in the Assembly Hall. F M Lyman spoke 55 M. E Snow spoke 45 M. I attended a lecture in the Theatore in the Evening on Temperance By a woman which was a [Relief party?] afair. (1)

1 - Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies
2 - Diary Excerpts of J.D.T. McAllister, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies

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