History of the Word of Wisdom, Wednesday, Oct 3, 1900

-- Wednesday, Oct 3, 1900
[Apostle Rudger Clawson Diary] ...Apostle H. J. Grant was the next speaker. Felt, he said, that those who fail to observe the word of wisdom and pay their tithing ought not to be sustained in presiding positions. He endorsed Brother Brigham's suggestion that we should note down important subjects to be brought before the saintsâ€"always being subject to the inspiration of the Spirit. Dwelt briefly upon the subjects of Sabbath breaking and immorality. Said he thought that each member of the quorum should make an effort to visit every stake of Zion. Benediction by Apostle M. F. Cowley.... (1)

-- Thursday, Oct 4, 1900
[Apostle Rudger Clawson Diary] ...The tables were spread and the sacrament administered, Apostle B. Young being mouth in blessing the bread and wine. While at the table Pres. Snow made brief remarks. He spoke of the union of the brethren and said we witness today that which has seldom been seen in the world, namely, the perfect union of 15 menâ€"the First Presidency and Twelve. He was sure, he said, that the Lord was pleased with our union, and in this union the brethren are in advance of the Twelve who were with the Savior. There were heartburnings and divisions among them..... (1)

-- Thursday, Dec 6, 1900
[Apostle Rudger Clawson Diary] ...Apostle H. J. Grant made some remarks in regard to Saltair and said that, in engaging a manager for next year, he thought it should be distinctly understood that no liquor should be sold there. This seemed to be the mind of most all the brethren present. President Snow said that, while he was personally in favor of restricting the liquor traffic, when we deal with people outside the church as well as those inside, we have to be wise and get along the best we can.... (1)

-- Sunday, Dec 30, 1900
[Apostle Rudger Clawson Diary] Salt Lake City. Snowstorm during the night. We are still working assiduously with the swelling on Lydia's breast. I administer to her daily when at home, and she employs the application of hot water, liniment, and other things, also taking iron and wine for her blood. We feel that it is a matter that requires serious attention, as well as the exercise of great faith. (1)

-- During 1900 to 1920
[Third Parties in Utah] Ironically, one third party which has never done particularly well in Utah was the Prohibition party. Despite several attempts, and occasional ballot status, in the 1900 to 1920 period, prohibitionists have not been successful in appealing to the Utah electorate, although many of the state's residents are abstainers from alcohol. (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 - Utah History Encyclopedia: Third Parties in Utah, http://www.media.utah.edu/UHE/t/THIRDPARTIES.html

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