History of the Word of Wisdom, January 2, 1934

-- January 2, 1934
[President Heber J. Grant Diary] My brother B.F. Grant [of the Deseret News] called with a page advertisement for beer and wanted to know whether or not he should accept it. (1)

-- January 3, 1934
[President Heber J. Grant Diary] Richard W. Madsen called and said he hoped we would not issue a license to an individual to handle beer in the Hotel Utah but have the license issued to the hotel itself.


-- Apr. 19, 1934
[Temple] ... Bishops are authorized to issue temple recommends to all faithful members of the Melchizedek Priesthood and adult women members of their wards. Recommends for the performance of the ordinance of baptism for the dead may also be issued to exemplary young people. Recommends must be countersigned by the president of the stake. It is important that all those who may desire to enter the temple for endowments or other ordinances, should observe the law of tithing. The applicant should also observe all other principles of the Gospel, should keep the Word of Wisdom, not use profanity, should not join nor be a member of any secret oath-bound organization and should sustain without reservation the general and local authorities of the church. The privileges of the temple should come as a reward for faithful and diligent service. ... [George F. Richards diary, Apr. 19, 1934] (2)

-- March 1, 1935
[President Heber J. Grant Diary] At 8:30 Robert L. Judd called with President Calder of Vernal and Brother O.C. Bowman, member of the Utah State Senate, and I assured them that any statements made that the Church was trying to get laws so that liquor could be sold in the Utah Hotel were not true, that the Church officials are unanimous in favor of no liquor being sold in hotels and restaurants. I hope these brethren will use their influence to head off legislation in favor of saloons, drug stores and restaurants selling whiskey. (1)

-- March 20, 1935
[President Heber J. Grant Diary] The editorial in the News last night I consider very wishy-washy, and the headlines about city officials not believing that the liquor law would be inforced (sic), I consider an outrage pure and simple because the interviews, with the exception of one little interview of three lines with all the people whose views they published were to the effect that the law should be inforced (sic). (1)

1 - Diary of Heber J. Grant, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies
2 - Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/mo-temple

LDS History Chronology: the Word of Wisdom

Mormon Timeline: the Word of Wisdom