History of the Word of Wisdom, Aug 27, 1845

-- Aug 27, 1845
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 27th I spent the day in Manchester. Dined with Mr Holebrook & took tea with Br Shelden. Then Parted with Br Holebrook Br Holmes & the Saints. Took cars rode to Liverpool & spent the night at home. 30 m. (1)

-- Sep 15, 1845
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 15th I spent the day in Manchester with Elders Holmes & Ross. We took tea with friend Holebrook.

In company with Mrs Woodruff & others friends I went through the Manchester Museum. Among other Curiosities we saw the representation in glass of the Largest diamond in the world now in the possession of the Emperor of Russia about the size of a turkeys egg valued at £125,000,000 pound sterling or $625,000,000 dollars.

During the evening we rode to Newton & spent the night with Br Simpkins. 20 m. (1)

-- Sep 18, 1845
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 18th I recieved 4 letters to day & wrote 4 one to M Holmes containing 16 Reciepts for Temple Money for the Manchester Confernce. The spirit of the devil is manifesting itself in some of the Churches abroad at the Present time. A priest in the Glasgow Conference has published a work denying the attonement of Christ. James Gallet has surrendered his Presidency in the Mackelsfield Conference. Father Crook over the Birmingham Conference gets drunk & fights with the Saints and thus the enemy is trying to creep in to the midst of the Saints at the present time.

Mrs Woodruff come home with her Children in the evening well & cherfull & spent the night. I did not inform her of the death of her Mother wishing her to get rested first. 4. (1)

-- Oct 12, 1845
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 12th I recieved 4 letters & wrote 3 to Elders Holmes, Hardy, Crump, & A. Fielding took tea at my house. (1)

-- Dec 7, 1845. Sunday.
[William Clayton Journal] In the Temple all day. All the first quorum with one or two exceptions were present both male and female. About 1 o'clock we clothed. Dressed in ceremonial robes and aprons. The meeting was opened by prayer by Joseph Fielding. After which Elders Taylor, Hyde, Phelps, Pratt and John Smith each expressed their feelings in regard to our present privilege of meeting in the Temple in spite of the combined opposition of men and devils. During the speaking, the Bishops having provided Bread and Wine, the bread was broke by Brother Kimball and then blessed by him and handed round by Bishop Whitney. Joseph Young then blessed the wine which was also passed around by Brother Whitney. ... (2)

1 - Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies
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

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