Friday, November 03, 2006
And so, he gently chided Apostle John A. Widtsoe, whose wife advocated such a rigid interpretation of the Word of Wisdom as to proscribe chocolate because of the stimulants it contained, saying, "John, do you want to take all the joy out of life?" But he didn't stop there. At a reception McKay attended, the hostess served rum cake. "All the guests hesitated, Watching to see what McKay would do. He smacked his lips and began to eat. "'When one guest expostulated, "But President McKay, don't you know that is rum cake?' McKay smiled and reminded the guest that the Word of Wisdom forbade drinking alcohol, not eating it."
This excerpt was from the book Cindy is reading right now, David O McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism.