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Revelation, 27 February 1833 [D&C 89]

used sparingly, and it is pleasing unto me that they  should not be used only in times of winter or of  famine, all grain is ordained for the use of  man and of beasts to be the staff of life not  only for man but for the beasts of the feald and  the fowls of heaven and all wild animals than [that]  run or creap on the earth and these hath  God made for the use of man only in times  of famine and excess of hunger all gain [grain] is  good for the food of man as also the fruit of  the vine that which yealdeth fruit whether  in the ground or above the ground never the less wheet for man and corn for the ox  and oats for the horse and rye for the swine  fowls & for swine and for all beasts of the  field and barley for all useful animals and  for mild drink as also other grain, and  all saints who remember to keep and do these  sayings walking in obedience to the com mandments shall receive health in their  navel and marrow to their bones and shall  find wisdom and great treasure of knowledge  even hiden treasures and shall run and not  be weary and shall walk and not faint  and I the Lord give unto them a promise  that the distroying angel shall pass by  them as the Children of Israel and  not slay them Amen
Given Februa[r]y 27— 1833 [p. 51]
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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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