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Bookslinger,No president of the ccurhh has the authority to make a a commandment or to alter a previous revelation. He can only receive revelation, and no prophet has EVER claimed to have received further revelation on the Word of Wisdom. Not Brigham Young, not Heber J. Grant, and not Thomas Monson.If and when a prophet receives revelation altering or expounding upon the Word of Wisdom, the process requires the revelation be presented to the members of the ccurhh so that they can pray and receive confirmation through the Holy Ghost that what the prophet has presented has indeed come from the Lord and is not the mere opinion of the prophet.This is how we are able to tell when a prophet is speaking as a prophet, and when he is merely speaking as a man. Unless the prophet is providing a revelation from God, his opinions are his own, or, as in the case of Heber J. Grant, those of the Protestant reformers with whom he was closely aligned in the temperance movement.A study of Grant's statements and affiliations of the time make it clear that he was heavily influenced by the leading Christian reformers of his day ON THIS TOPIC than he was by the written word of scripture, as he never claimed to have received further light and knowledge on the subject directly from God.it is apparent Heber J. Grant imposed his personal interpretation upon the Word of Wisdom, since his views varied significantly from Cannon, Snow, Woodruff, and others whose interpretation of the Word of Wisdom remained consistent with those of Joseph Smith. I am still seeking a revelation -any revelation- from a modern prophet converting the Word of Wisdom into a positive commandment. To readily accept the opinion of men over the word of God seems to me an enthusiastic embrace of idolatry.
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