[At general priesthood meeting:] The latter [i.e., Joseph F. Smith] observed that the question was agitated about how he stands on the question of Prohibition. He declared that his life should witness that he has always stood for and advocated temperance to come from the conversion of men to the truth. He did not declare for prohibition. His remarks were at once interpretated to be opposed to Prohibition.
[Francis M. Lyman, Diary]