85 years ago today - Apr 30, 1935

[Heber J. Grant]
I am absolutely opposed to any campaign which has for its purpose the promotion of 'moderate' use of alcoholic liquors. ... As I have stood at the graves of some of my near and dear friends who drank liquor to excess, I have pledged myself to fight to the day of my death the use of liquor. These men to whom I refer started with 'moderate drinking.' They made a wreck of their lives and died in middle age; some of them were naturally stronger physically than I was. I attribute my good health today, being in my 79th year, to abstinence from such things. To my mind, the suggestion of a campaign to educate people to drink liquor in moderation is a most vicious and dangerous proposal. ...

[Heber J. Grant, Letter to Mary E. Hudson, 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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