History of the Word of Wisdom, Mar 9, 1845

-- Mar 9, 1845
Roger Orton: Sustained by the seventies as a new president of the First Council of Seventy 9 Mar. 1845, even though they knew he had "addicted himself to drinking whiskey" (1)

-- Apr 12, 1845
Hosea Stout writes in his diary: "At home until about two o'clock and then went with my wife to the Masonic Hall to a feast of beer and cakes prepared by the Old Police. The Old Police and wives and some of the Twelve were present; we had a joyful time, as much cakes and beer as we could eat and drink; we broke up about nine o'clock p.m. and I then came home." (2)

-- Apr 15, 1845
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 15th I visited a number of Saints during the day. Dined with Br George Hewett 54 Red Bank Manchester. Took tea with Sister Holebrook. Took rail cars at 6 oclok & rode with my family to Liverpool. Distance of the day 40 m. (3)

-- May 1, 1845
The TIMES AND SEASONS denies that Latter-day Saints engage in polygamy. It also asks, concerning the concept of sending missionaries to Africa: "Have the common propensities of the heathen to do evil been lessened by the labors of the clergy, in as great a proportion as drunkedness and debauchery had increased by civilized intercourse under the board of foreign mission?" (2)

-- May 2, 1845
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] May 2d I left Liverpool on the rail road & rode to Preston & spent the day with Elder Hardy in visiting the Brethren. I took Breakfast with Capt Willis 136 victoria st And Dinner with Sister Creer at 101 Bedford street. I took tea with Elder John Holsal Taylor North Road. I called upon Br Newsom's London Road. I met with the Council in the evening & spent the night at Capt Willis with Br Hardy. Distance of the day 35. (3)

1 - Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 6, Biographical Sketches of General Officers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47, http://amzn.to/origins-power
2 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com
3 - Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies

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