History of the Word of Wisdom, Jun 27, 1840

-- Jun 27, 1840
William Clayton writes in his diary: "At night Brother Green spake in tongues. The power of Satan was powerfully manifested upon some of the Sisters. Sarah [Crooks of whom the married Clayton was attracted towards] gave me a pint of porter." (1)

-- Sep 7, 1840. Monday.
[William Clayton Journal] Breakfast at Perkins. Sister Jane Hardman sent me a watch guard and four penny box to remember her by. Brother T. Miller gave me a new hat. Left Perkins about 11 for Railway. Was obliged to get a cab in St. Arms Square. Was a few minutes to late at the office. Went to Mr. Thompsons where I took dinner. She gave me a glass of wine. ... (2)

-- Oct 11, 1840. Sunday.
[William Clayton Journal] ... The first thing that struck my attention was all the men and women I saw sitting cross legged and all the left leg over the right. Elder Adams preached on the principles of the gospel. After preaching we took bread and wine... (2)

-- Jan 19, 1841
Section 124, The construction of the Nauvoo House. (See verses 22-24, 56-82, 111-12, 117, and 119-22.) ... Sale of spirituous liquors in the house was to be prohibited. ... (3)

-- Jan 23, 1841
In England Wilford Woodruff and Heber C. Kimball visit "the Largest Wine vault in the world. . . . We had a tasting order & found the wine a good article. But it seemed dreadful to see such vast sums of money expended for intoxicating drinks when there are thousands nearly starving for bread in the streets." Woodruff writes, "We left this scenery & called into a Jewish Synagogue & attended a meeting of the Jews. They all worship with their hats on." (4)

1 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com
2 - George D. Smith, An Intimate Chronicle; The Journals of William Clayton, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1995, http://amzn.to/william-clayton
3 - Cook, Lyndon, Revelations of the Prophet Joseph Smith: A Historical and Biographical Commentary of the Doctrine and Covenants, http://amzn.to/RevelationsofJosephSmith
4 - Advent Adam website (defunct) - based on http://amzn.to/originsofpower

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