History of the Word of Wisdom, Mar 12, 1836

-- Mar 12, 1836
[Joseph Smith Diary] 12th Saturday the 12th Engaged a team to go to Hudson after Mr. Seixas' family /and goods/, also a Horse and cutter for himself and wife. We have cold weather and fine Sleighing.

I was informed to day that a man by the name of Clark froze to death last night near this place, who was under the influence of ardent Spirits. O my God, how long will this monster intemperance find its victims on the earth, me thinks until the earth is swept with the wrath and indignation of God and Christ's Kingdom becomes universal. O come Lord Jesus and cut short thy work in rightieousness.

Eld[e]r Solomon Hancock received a letter to day from Missouri bearing the painful intelligence of the death of his wife. May the Lord bless him and comfort him in this hour of affliction. (1)

-- Mar 29, 1836
[Joseph Smith Diary] 29th Tuesday the 29th Attended school, which was the last day of our course of lectures in Hebrew by Professor Seixas. After we dismissed made some ar[r]angements for our meeting on the morrow. Attended to my domestick concirns, nothing very special transpired.

At evening I met with the Presidency in the Temple of the Lord. The Lord commanded us to tarry and san[c]tify our selves by washing our feet.

At 11 o'clock A.M. Presidents Joseph Smith, Jun[ior], Frederick G. Williams, Sidney Rigdon, Hyrum Smith, and Oliver Cowdery met in the Most Holy Place in the Lord's House and sought for a revelation from Him to teach us concerning our going to Zion and other important matter[s]. After uniting in prayer, the voice of the Spirit was that we should come into this place three times, and also call the other Presidents, the two Bishops and their councils (each to stand in his place) and fast through the day and also the night and that during this, if we would humble ourselves, we should receive further communication from Him.

After this word was received, we immediately sent for the other brethren who came. The Presidency proceeded to ordain George Boosinger to the High Priesthood and annoint him. This was in consequence of his having administered unto us in temporal things in our distress. And also because he left the place just previous to the dedication ot the Lord's House to bring us the temporal means previously named.

Soon after this, the word of the Lord came to us through Pres[i]d[en]t J[oseph] Smith, Jun[ior], that those who had entered the Holy Place must not leave the House untill morning, but send for such things as were necessary, and also that during our stay we must cleans[e] our feet and partake of the sacrament that we might be made holy before Him, and thereby be qualified to officiate in our calling upon the morrow in washing the feet of the Elders.

Accordingly we proceeded and cleansed our faces and our feet, and then proceeded to wash each other's feet. President S[idney] Rigdon first washed Pres[i]d[en]t J[oseph] Smith, Jun[ior], and then in turn was washed by him. After which President Rigdon washed Pres[i]d[en]t J[oseph] Smith, Sen[ior], and Hyrum Smith. /Pres[i]d[en]t/ J[oseph] Smith, Jun[ior], washed Pres[i]d[en]t F[rederick] G. Williams, and then Pres[iden]t Hyrum Smith washed President David Whitmer's feet and President Oliver Cowdery's. Then Pres[ident] D[avid] Whitmer washed Pres[ident] W[illiam] W. Phelps' feet and in turn Pres[ident] Phelps washed Pres[ident] John Whitmer's feet.

The Bishops and their councils were then washed, after which we partook of the bread and wine. The Holy S[p]irit rested down upon us and we continued in the Lord's House all night prophesying and giving glory to God. (1)

1 - Faulring, Scott (ed.), An American Prophet's Record: The Diaries and Journals of Joseph Smith: Joseph Smith Diary, 1835-36, http://amzn.to/jsdiaries

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