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Revelation, 27 February 1833 [D&C 89]

A Revelation for the benefit of the saints &c
a word of wisdom for the benefit of the council  of high Priests assembled in Kirtland and Church  and also the saints in Zion to be sent Greeting  not by commandment or constraint but [p. 49]
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This revelation had both a general and specific historical context. In 1830s America, temperance and health reform were prominent matters of discussion. It was natural for early church members to consider these issues. At the same time, the use of tobacco among some members of the newly established “school of the prophets” had raised concerns, prompting JS to seek divine guidance concerning healthy and unhealthy food and drink. This revelation, which became known as the Word of Wisdom, was not originally perceived as a commandment but as divine guidance.
Frederick G. Williams recorded this text in Revelation Book 2 perhaps in early 1833. It is designated “A Revelation for the benefit of the saints &c.” A closing notation indicates that it was “Given Februay 27—1833.” John Whitmer later recorded the text in Revelation Book 1, where it is identified as “A Revelation for the benefit of the saints, given in Kirtland, February 27, 1833.” Other manuscript versions are extant. The 1835 Doctrine and Covenants included this revelation but did not give a date or location.

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