History of the Word of Wisdom, Wednesday, Jan 9, 1901

-- Wednesday, Jan 9, 1901
[Apostle John Henry Smith Diary] Salt Lake City

All of the Twelve Apostles met at their room in the Temple except Marriner W. Merrill at 10 a.m. Prayer by George Teasdale. He also spoke on the Words of Wisdom and the payment of Tithing.

Brigham Young said that the Word of Wisdom was a commandment.

Francis M. Lyman spoke upon the rights of the Priesthood. Heber J. Grant spoke in favor of organizing a life Insurance Company and extending the usefullness of the Deseret News.

I made a motion that we suggest to the Trustee in Trust that we don't sell any Liquor at Saltair for one year. We talked of making changes in several of the stakes. (1)

[Apostle Rudger Clawson Diary] ...Apostle Grant said he thought it but proper when Pres. Snow asked for suggestions, we should give them and leave it for the Lord to decide. Advocated the organization of a home life insurance company. Spoke against the selling of liquor at Saltair.

Apostle J. H. Smith moved that it be the sense of the council that we recommend to Pres. Snow that no liquor be sold at Saltair during 1901 as an experiment. Carried by full vote.... (2)

-- Thursday, Jan 10, 1901
[Apostle John Henry Smith Diary] Salt Lake City

The Apostles met in their room in the Temple at 10 a.m. Prayer by Heber J. Grant.

Marriner W. Merrill spoke, said he had 21 sons living and 17 of them were married and they were all Tithe payers. Anthon H. Lund read a letter from Prest. Peterson of the Scandinavian Mission which said that some Elders had arrived in that field having the small pox, which they had scattered some.

President Lorenzo Snow and Joseph F. Smith joined us.

After some discussion we decided to deride the Cache stake.

The brethren discussed quite freely the question of making some changes in the method of our mission work.

We partook of the sacrament together, President Lorenzo Snow blessing the bread and Wine. (1)

[Apostle Rudger Clawson Diary] ...Sacrament was then administered, Pres. Lorenzo Snow being mouth in blessing the bread and wine. We had a very enjoyable time together, and much business of importance was transacted. The conference was adjourned for three months. (2)

-- Feb 1, 1901
First Presidency decides to suspend ten-year policy of allowing sale of alcohol at church-s Saltair amusement park and resort. (3)

1 - 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
2 - 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
3 - Advent Adam website (defunct) - based on http://amzn.to/originsofpower

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