History of the Word of Wisdom, Friday, Oct 25, 1901

-- Friday, Oct 25, 1901
[Apostle Rudger Clawson Diary] ...Address of welcome, Pres. F. Y. Taylor. He said in substance that the presidency of the Granite Stake had contemplated for some time the pleasure and propriety of having the high council of the stake together in a social capacity. And in connection with this idea they had concluded to invite the Presidency of the church and the Twelve and their wives to be present also, that the members of the council might have the privilege of shaking hands with them, and of extending a more intimate acquaintance with the general authorities of the church. He felt that such action would prove to be of great benefit to his brethren of the Granite Stake. He had to report, he said, that the presidency and high council of his stake were in perfect harmony and union, and that they were all observers of the word of wisdom and tithe-payers, and that the members of the council were laboring diligently with the presidency to build up and strengthen the elders' quoru
ms and other organizations of the stake.... (1)

-- Thursday, Nov 7, 1901
[Apostle Rudger Clawson Diary] ...Apostle Clawson reported his recent visit to the Summit Stake Conference (last Sunday and Monday) and said that he found in that stake a spirit of improvement, growth, and progress. At the priesthood meeting on Saturday, when the brethren who kept the word of wisdom and paid tithing were asked to arise, all presentâ€"about 100â€"arose. He knew of no other stake, he said, that could stand such a test as thisâ€"and yet Summit Stake but recently stood at the foot of the class. Better still, Pres. Moses Taylor reported at that meeting that all the officers of the stakeâ€"about 400 in numberâ€"observed these laws of God... (1)

-- During 1901
(Susa Young Gates) Delegate to the International Council of Women in Copenhagen and London. In England she presented a paper, "Scientific Treatment of Domestic Science," and was invited to tea with Queen Victoria. (2)

-- Saturday, Jan 4, 1902
[Apostle Rudger Clawson Diary] Milford, Utah. Clear and cold. 6 a.m. Left by team for Beaver (32 miles distant), arriving at 10 a.m. It was a cold ride.

6 p.m. Meeting of the [Beaver Stake] high council in the high council chamber, Pres. C[harles] D. White presiding. The brethren were questioned as to their faith and as to how they stood on the word of wisdom, tithing, and family prayer, and other duties. The responses were generally quite satisfactory.... (1)

-- Thursday, Jan 9, 1902
[Apostle Rudger Clawson Diary] ...At this point the tables were prepared and the brethren sat down to the sacrament, which was thoroughly appreciated and enjoyed. Apostle Jno. H. Smith blessed the bread and wine. Pres. Anthon H. Lund offered the benediction. (1)

1 - Stan Larson (editor), A Ministry of Meetings: The Apostolic diaries of Rudger Clawson, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1993, http://bit.ly/rudgerclawson
2 - Van Wagoner, Richard and Walker, Steven C., A Book of Mormons, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies

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