History of the Word of Wisdom, May 28, 1837

-- May 28, 1837
[Joseph Smith] The Presidency of the Church at Far West resolve unanimously not to fellowship any member of the Church who will not observe the Word of Wisdom literally. (1)

-- During 1837 May
Priesthood bearers who do not observe the literal interpretation of the Word of Wisdom are not to be fellowshipped. John Whitmer, W. W. Phelps, Edward Partridge, Isaac Morley, and John Corrill are authorized to sell Far West lots for the church. (2)

-- During May 1837

[Far West high council:] we will not fellowship any ordained member who will or does not observe the Word of Wisdom according to its litteral reading.

All Elders to Observe (3)

-- Jun 11, 1837
[Joseph Smith] A high council meeting is held at Far West, Mo. The high councilors resolve that no Church member should sell spirituous liquors or trade with any person who does. Joseph meets to instruct those called to England (Heber C. Kimball, Orson Hyde, Joseph Fielding, and Dr. Willard Richards). They are told to preach only the first principles of the gospel, and not to teach about the gathering, the vision (D&C 76), or the book of the Doctrine and Covenants. (1)

-- June 12-14, 1837
[Joseph Smith] Joseph is sick, too sick to raise his head from his pillow to bid farewell to those leaving on their missions. While he is sick, enemies say he is suffering from the curse of God for teaching the Church things that are contrary to godliness. On June 14 Dr. Levi Richards gives Joseph some herbs and mild food, and suddenly his health is restored. (1)

1 - Conklin, Christopher J., Joseph Smith Chronology
2 - Kenny, Scott, Saints Without Halos, "Mormon History 1830-1844," http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
3 - Kenny, Scott, Saints Without Halos, Mormon History 1830-1844, Word of Wisdom, http://www.saintswithouthalos.com/n/wow.phtml

LDS History Chronology: the Word of Wisdom

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