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Question #14056 posted on 04/05/2005 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Is it true that in the early days of settling the Utah valley, there was a Mormon mission to grow wine for sacremental purposes?

- Mihaly

A: Dear Mihaly-

Yes, at one time, grapes were grown to produce sacramental wine, but no, it was not located in Utah County, but rather in southern Utah. It was operated as a part of the Cotton Mission.

The revelation to Joseph Smith was specifically about using water when wine made by church members was unavailable, due primarily to concerns about poisoning attempts by those antagonistic to the church.

Grapegrowing was discontinued after residents were selling more to "gentiles" than they were making into sacramental wine.

-The Franchise