"it was to be considered a divine commandment"Please explain
why Brigham Young built a whiskey distillery in Utah?
About your question why Brigham Young had a whiskey distillery, let me remind
you of the church at that time. From Nauvoo right up to the last 10 years of
Brigham Young's presidency, there were no temples; not in Utah, nor
anywhere in the world. The saints were still rebuilding from the most perilous
period in church history. At the time Brigham Young was president, the word of
wisdom as you know the church today was not yet in force, nor would it be for
another 30 years. I may be wrong about the exact times. Considering that the
word of wisdom was not yet vital to the obtaining a temple recommend, what
drinks do you think would have been made?
Something else to consider; water purification was not a known science at that
time. If you know the 1800's, water was not a trusted source of quenching
thirst back then. In fact the water was dangerous to drink and was the reason so
many saints died of things like dysentery before water purification began.
Alcohol was the safest source of quenching thirst back then. The word of wisdom
is and was revealed truth. However, the saints were not asked to live fully up
to it at that time.
UT Brit,"....Please explain why Brigham Young built a whiskey
distillery in Utah?"______________________________Observance of the Word of Wisdom was not mandatory until the Presidency of
Heber J. Grant who not coincidentally had also long been a proponent of
prohibition. President Grant made the Word of Wisdom mandatory and a worthiness
standard shortly after prohibition went into effect nationally. Coincidence?
Maybe, but I'm not so sure.I would add that in Brigham
Young’s time, distilled spirits including home brewed beer and wine were
often used as barter in many places in America. Of course there were Latter-day
Saints who cheerfully imbibed and saw no need back then to be discreet about it.
Hmmm you guys are not reading the line I put, let me repeat the line from
Brigham Young:"President Brigham Young stated that the members
of the Church had had sufficient time to be taught the import of this
revelation, and that henceforth it was to be considered a divine
commandment."Lets read what the D+C says about the drinking of
alcohol:7 And, again, strong drinks are not for the belly, but for
the washing of your bodies.Now, I dont think there was much washing
of the bodies going off using whiskey.Hmmm whiskey as a substitute
for water? We are recommended to drink around 2 liters of water a day. How did
the saints manage to function on that much whiskey? As alcohol dehydrates the
body it would have caused even more problems."However, the
saints were not asked to live fully up to it at that time."From
what Brigham said above to what you are saying now, we have a different
definition of the word "commandment".