History of the Word of Wisdom, Thursday, Apr 3, 1902

-- Thursday, Apr 3, 1902
[Apostle Rudger Clawson Diary] ...The brethren at this point sat down to the sacrament, Pres. Brigham Young being mouth in blessing the bread and wine. Adjourned until July 1, 1902, at 10 a.m. (1)

-- Sunday, May 4, 1902
[Apostle Rudger Clawson Diary] Teasdale. ...At 5:30 p.m. weâ€"Brother [Joseph W.] McMurrin and myselfâ€"had an interview with a young sister by the name of Nancy Hunt, who had been charged with the crime of incest with her father. The latter is now in the penitentiary, having been convicted in the courts of the land of said crime and sentenced to a term of ten years. From all we could learn, the evidence adduced pointed strongly to his guilt. The girl now comes to the church, claims she is innocent, and asks for justice. She gave birth to an illegitimate child, but claims that she was drugged and ravished by some stranger. Her story is very loose, and rather convinces one that she is lying. The matter was taken under advisement.

It was later decided to give Nancy Hunt a church trial, and the bishop of her wardâ€"Bp. [Levi C.] Whiteâ€"was instructed to institute early proceedings in the case. (1)

-- Thursday, Jun 5, 1902
[Apostle Rudger Clawson Diary] ...Apostle Grant moved that in view of the fact that no liquor was being sold at the beach, it be the sense of the meeting that we request the First Presidency to instruct the bishops of adjacent wards that it would be expected of them to patronize Saltair the coming season and use their influence to have others to do so. Carried.... (1)

-- Sunday, Jun 15, 1902
[Apostle Rudger Clawson Diary] ...Apostle Heber J. Grant. Topics treated. Showed how people can become familiar with vice. Rejoiced in the knowledge that liquor is no longer sold at Saltair.... (1)

-- Tuesday, Jun 24, 1902
[Apostle Rudger Clawson Diary] ...Apostle Hyrum M. Smith was the first speaker. Topics treated. Felt to rely upon the Lord for his blessings. Was careful to remember his prayers in the season thereof. Hoped his children would grow up strong in the faith. In connection with his brothers and sisters, had been taught to observe the word of wisdom. Spoke of the ordinance of the administration for the sick and rejoiced in it. ... (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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