History of the Word of Wisdom, Thursday, Jul 7, 1904

-- Thursday, Jul 7, 1904
[Apostle Rudger Clawson Diary] ...The brethren now repaired to the Apostles' Room and partook of the sacrament, Pres. Lund being mouth in blessing the bread and wine. While at the table Pres. Smith arose and said that he had been impressed to name a certain brother to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Elder A. O. Woodruff and he now submitted for the consideration of the brethren the name of Chas. W. Penrose. ... (1)

-- Sunday, Jul 17, 1904
[Apostle Rudger Clawson Diary] Salt Lake City. Clear and warm. 8 a.m. I left for Provo to attend the Utah Stake Conference, arriving at 9:40 a.m.

10 a.m. Continuation of conference in the tabernacle, Pres. David John presiding. Elder Geo. A. Smith then spoke. Topics treated. Word of Wisdom. Responsibility of parents to their children. Extravagance.

2 p.m. Continuation of conference, Pres. D. John presiding. Pres. John made brief remarks, reporting the stake. R. Clawson. Topics treated. Spoke in complimentary terms of the singing by the choir. The building up of Zion. The temporal and the spiritual. The things of God can only be understood by the Spirit of God. Geo. A. Smith. Topics treated. We should appreciate the labors of the bishops. The proper manner of blessing children. People moving from ward to ward should bring their recommends. (1)

-- Monday, Oct 17, 1904
[Apostle John Henry Smith Diary] Salt Lake City

Mr. H. O. Havemeyer [of the sugar trust] and party are in the City. I had dinner with them at the Alta [men's social] Club.

Eighteen gentlemen sat down at the Table. 12 courses were indulged. We were three hours at the Table. Many toasts were proposed and answered. We had a joyous time. Five of the 18 drank no wine. (2)

-- Friday, Mar 3, 1905
[Apostle John Henry Smith Diary] Cordoba to Vera Cruz

We left at 7 a.m. over the Vera Cruz and Pacific Railway for Santa Lucrecia, state Vera Cruz. We got a nice dinner at the Town of Tere Bianca. . .We passed through a wonderland of tangled thriving Coffee Trees, Banana Trees, Sugar Cane, Tobacco plants, Cattle, Horses, Swine and Turkey and all Colored birds. We saw Sugar Factories. Mountains covered with Timber. (2)

-- Mar 11, 1905
Apostle John Henry Smith describes his visit to Paso de Mina, Mexico: "I slept very nicely. Pigs, Dogs. Cats. Trinkies and chickens occupied my room with me and James Mack, Ben Cluff, and John A. McAllister. Their was five beds in the house, a table and a bath Tub. Senor Torraco has a wife and two children. He is nearly pure Spanish, the wife pure Indian. One of the children is white, the other dark like an Indian. We had rice, Fried Eggs, tortillas, Beans, Plantin, Coffee, and Chocolate for our meals, all nicely cooked. The Table linen and dishes were clean and food nicely served." (3)

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
3 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com

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