History of the Word of Wisdom, Thursday, Jan 12, 1899

-- Thursday, Jan 12, 1899
[Apostle Rudger Clawson Diary] ...At this point the tables were spread and the brethren partook of the sacrament. After the bread and wine were blessed by Pres. Snow, [they] ate and drank freely until satisfied. It was indeed a time of refreshing and one long to be remembered. Benediction by Pres. Geo. Q. Cannon. (1)

-- Sunday, Mar 19, 1899
[Apostle Rudger Clawson Diary] ... Before returning to the meeting, we had a brief conversation with the bishopric respecting the Word of Wisdom and expressed the hope that the counselors would follow the example of Bp. Harper in keeping this commandment of the Lord.... (1)

-- Wednesday, Apr 5, 1899
[Apostle Rudger Clawson Diary] ...At this point the First Presidency came in and, after some conversation in which it was decided by unanimous vote that Pres. Snow be authorized to appoint a committee to revise the next edition of the hymn book, sacrament was administered. The brethren sat around a table provided plentifully with bread and wine, which was blessed by Pres. Geo. Q. Cannon. We had a very enjoyable and profitable time together and adjourned at 2 p.m.... (1)

-- Friday, Apr 21, 1899
[Apostle Rudger Clawson Diary] ...Pres. Jos. F. Smith explained the object for which the Saltair Beach Pavilion was built. It was that we might be able to control in some degree the amusements and pleasures of the young. There was to be no traffic in liquor and no Sunday trains. These rules had the effect of driving away patronage, but at the same time interest had to be paid on the investment. It was, therefore, decided to rent bar privileges under stringent regulations and to put all attractions under proper control. All this was necessary to make the property pay interest on the investment. .... (1)

-- Wednesday, May 3, 1899
[Apostle John Henry Smith Diary] St. Louis, Missouri

President Ben E. Rich met us at the Union depot. We took rooms, got some breakfast and had a ride out to one of the parks.

My wife met with an accident in our room today by get[ting] some alcohol on fire and we had a narrow escape having a big blaze. I burned my hands some in putting out the fire. No great damage was done. (2)

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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