The history of the Word of Wisdom, Aug 19, 1835

-- Aug 19, 1835
Elder Babit charged with not keeping the Word of Wisdom; says he followed the example of Joseph Smith and others, but repented. (1)

[Joseph Smith] Church court tries Almon W. Babbitt on charges of breaking the Word of Wisdom and stating that the Book of Mormon is not essential to salvation. He claims that he was only following the example of Joseph and others. He is reproved, and he finally repents and is forgiven. (2)

-- Oct 7, 1835
Joseph calls on his father and finds him "very low." He "administered some mild herbs, agreeably to the commandment." Newel K. Whitney and Hyrum Smith start for Buffalo to purchase goods for the store. Joseph gives N. K. a blessing. (3)

[Joseph Smith] Joseph goes to his father's home to administer some mild herbs to him. Joseph records a blessing on Bishop Whitney, for his generosity to the poor. (2)

-- 7-Oct 11, 1835
[Lucy Mack Smith] Joseph Sr. becomes very ill with a fever. Joseph Jr. administers mild herbs; when they have no effect, Joseph Jr. administers to him with David Whitmer, rebuking the disease. Joseph Sr. "arose, dressed himself, shouted, and praised the Lord." They wake up William to sing "songs of praise" with them (HC 2:289). (4)

1 - Tidd, N. R., "Mormon Chronology"
2 - Conklin, Christopher J., Joseph Smith Chronology
3 - Kenny, Scott, Saints Without Halos, "Mormon History 1830-1844,"
4 - Anderson, Lavina Fielding, Editor, Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, 2001, Signature Books,

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