History of the Word of Wisdom, Saturday, Jun 27, 1903

-- Saturday, Jun 27, 1903
[Apostle Rudger Clawson Diary] ...Nephi W. Clayton said that he favored the motion if the purpose for which the pavilion was built could be accomplished, and also the purpose had in view by restricting the sale of liquor, but he very much doubted it. He remarked that there was quite a wide demand among our own people for beer at Saltair.... (1)

-- Thursday, Oct 1, 1903
[Apostle Rudger Clawson Diary] Elder Cowley attended the Malad Stake Conference last week. The young man who had been chosen bishop of Cherry Creek expressed a determination to move from the ward, hence he did not ordain him to that office. The young people of Malad are much addicted to the use of tobacco. Elder Woodruff attended a Sunday School conference last Sunday in the Weber Stake of Zion. The meetings were crowded and a splendid spirit prevailed....

Reports were approved. Benediction by Elder Grant. The tables were then spread with bread and wine, and the blessing was pronounced by Elder Grant, after which the brethren partook freely and with much relish and enjoyment.... (1)

-- Thursday, Nov 5, 1903
[Apostle Rudger Clawson Diary] ...The labors of the brethren were approved. Elder Clawson said that he had been approached by a bishop who wanted to know the view of the council in regard to the Word of Wisdom, as to whether it was now binding upon the church as a commandment, as thus saith the Lord. Pres. Smith replied that it is so regarded. Benediction.... (1)

-- Thursday, Dec 17, 1903
[Apostle Rudger Clawson Diary] ...Elder Clawson, accompanied by Elder Geo. A. Smith, attended the Morgan Stake Conference. Good attendance. Fine class of young people in that stake. Presidency united and meet once a week. Having a little trouble with Brother [Charles] Welsh, high councillor, who does not fully sustain the presidency. Good crops.... (1)

-- Thursday, Mar 17, 1904
[Apostle Rudger Clawson Diary] ...Pres. Winder attended Sabbath School in Farmers Ward last Sunday and enjoyed himself. Elder Geo. A. Smith attended meeting at Linne, Alpine Stake, last Thursday night. On Sunday and Monday he attended conference at Morgan. During the conference met with the presidency of the stake and high council, and, as some of the council failed to observe the Word of Wisdom, spoke upon that subject. He ordained Frank B. Hopkin a high priest and bishop and set him apart to preside over the Croyden Ward. Elder Hyrum M. Smith said that while at Washington he and the brethren met with the saints there at the home of Brother Willey. They had an enjoyable time.... (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

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