Where Josheph Smith God His "Revelation"

From: J.j. Hitt
To: Andrew Conner Mark:

AC> There is a passage in the Mormon book "The Doctrine and Covenents"
AC> section 89 that outlines what the dietary habits of a moral life consists of.
AC> This outline came about in a revealation to Joseph Smith in 1833.

While you may think these notions were original and unique to Joseph Smith, he was simply cashing in on a popular fad.

It's extremely interesting that this "revelation" was contemporary with the career of Boston lecturer Slyvester Graham. Graham is the unquestioned father of the 19th century's fascination with "alternative health".

Graham's ideas on "health" would remain popular long after his death in 1851 and would have an influence on the Seventh Day Adventists and The Church of Christian Science.

Graham believed that sexual passions dissipated a "vital force" needed for health and anything that inflamed such passions was thus unhealthy.

Items that Graham prohibited included:

meat, white bread, wine, sexual excess, tobacco, spices, coffee, cream, molasses, honey, uncleanliness, warm food, fish, beer, distilled liquor, masturbation, mustard, tea, butter, soup, sugar, stuffy rooms and sedentary habits.

Graham was also in the business of selling his own food product which was called: Graham's Bread. Today we know this product as Graham Crackers.



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