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Revelation, 27 February 1833 [D&C 89]

by revelation and the word of wisdom shewing  forth the order and will of God in the temporal  salvation of all saints in the last days given  for a principle with promise adapted to the  capasity of the weak and the weakest of all saints  who are or can be called saints behold verily  thus saith the Lord unto you in consequence  of evils and designs of which do and will exist  in the hearts of conspiring men in the last  day, I have warned you and forewarn you  by giving unto you this word of wisdom  by revelation that inasmuch as any man  drinketh wine or strong drink among  you behold it is not good neither meet in  the sight of your father only in assembling  yourselves together to offer up your sacrament  before him and behold this should be wine  yea pure wine of the grape of the vine of  your own make, and again strong drinks  are not good for the belly but for the  washing of your bodies, and again Tobacco  is not for the body neither for the belly and  is not good for man, but is an herb for  bruises and all sick cattle to be used with  judgment and skill and again hot drinks  are not for the body or belly and again  verily I say unto you all wholsome herbs God  hath ordained for the constitution nature and use  of man evry herb in the season thereof and evry  fruit in the season thereof, all all these to be  used with prudence and thanksgiving yea  flesh also of beasts and of the fowls of the are [air]  I the Lord hath ordained for the use of man  with thanksgiving nevertheless they are to be [p. 50]
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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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