History of the Word of Wisdom, Sunday, May 13, 1900

-- Sunday, May 13, 1900
[Apostle Rudger Clawson Diary] ...2 p.m. Continuation of conference, Pres. A. Hatch presiding. The speakers were Pres. A. Hatch, Apostle Reed Smoot, and myself. Topics treated. A. H[atch]. Financial condition of the stake [was] good and spiritual condition fair. The tithing paid in 1897, $7,700; in 1898, $7,900; in 1899, $14,399. Word of Wisdom. Large number of missionaries from the Wasatch Stake in the field. The saloon evil.

R. S[moot]. Expressed a desire to magnify the office of an apostle. The great evil existing in the world and to some extent among our people of restricting and limiting by unlawful means the number of children in our families; warned the saints against the practice. The evil growing out of club life and secret societies. Word of wisdom. Virtue among the Jews. The judgments of God being poured out upon the nations.... (1)

-- Thursday, Jul 12, 1900
[Apostle Rudger Clawson Diary] ...The tables were then spread with bread and wine and the sacrament was administered. Pres. J. F. Smith was mouth in blessing the bread and wine. At the conclusion Apostle F. M. Lyman offered the benediction. (1)

-- Friday, Aug 17, 1900
[Apostle John Henry Smith Diary] Salt Lake City

A couple of Protestant Ministers called upon President Lorenzo Snow and talked over the situation at Saltair, as to the selling of Liquor and chance games. Presidents Joseph F. Smith and Seymour B. Young having returned from Mexico, made a report as to the Cluff Expedition. Part of them will return home and part will continue the journey. (2)

-- Friday, Aug 31, 1900
[Apostle John Henry Smith Diary] Salt Lake City

Twenty elders were set apart for Missions today at the Annex of the Temple by myself, Rudger Clawson, Seymour B. Young and J. Golden Kimball.

I ordained as Seventies and set apart for Missions Walter J. Kelley, Wm. F. Fisher Jr., Martin P. Henderson, Martin L. Lee and Ebenezer A. child.

My son Nicholas G. returned from working at a sawmill in San Pete Co. for the past 2 months and a half. Josephine and I drove up to the cave spring in City Creek Canyon.

I was at the office of the Groesbeck Co. for a time during the evening. My brother C. W. Smith had made an arrest of a drunken rowdy and had him fined.

My son Ezra Chase's wife gave birth to a daughter at 2 a.m. today. (2)

-- Thursday, Sep 27, 1900
[Apostle Rudger Clawson Diary] ...Report of Elders C. W. Penrose [and ?] concerning the charges made by Elder Platte D. Lyman against Elder Walter Romney was read. They found upon careful investigation, and so far as they could judge, that he had drunk mild beer to some extent while in Germany on his mission but never was intoxicated; that he did not gamble; that in company with other elders upon one occasion to satisfy curiosity he looked into a house of ill-fame; that he played a game or two of cards while on the ship returning home. A copy of the report, the clerk said, had been sent to Pres. P. D. Lyman. No action taken.... (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 - 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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