[First Presidency letter]
... a revelation given to the Church, to be binding, must be given to and accepted by the Church in conference assembled. And of course it should be written and published, so that the whole Church may know of it and have access to it, a thing which in this instance was never done. Our understanding is that this revelation [i.e., the Word of Wisdom] stands today in the same light as it did when it was first given, and must so remain until the Lord shall see fit to supplement it in any way deemed fit and proper by Him... In this sense the revelation known as the Word of Wisdom is a commandment. But it should be borne in mind that the revelation was not given by commandment or constraint. ...
[First Presidency, Letter to J. Z. Stewart, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1835-1951, Electronic Edition, 2015]
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