In regards to Water vs. Wine for the sacrament (D&C 27:1-2) what do you think the likelihood is that someone actually poisoned wine?
I’ve tried to picture this whenever it is brought up in Sunday School.
Imagine that you own a wine shop and that you, or one of your patrons, want to kill all the mormons. Poisoning the sacrament wine at first makes sense, since they’d all take it and die.
But now you’ve got to figure out which bottle of wine Joseph is going to buy. Did Joseph always buy the same brand/type? Did he always go for the cheap stuff?
Now you’ve got to get the poison into a sealed bottle of wine, without breaking the seal, unless they are just corked bottles out on the west, which they might have been.
Now imagine that all the mormons drop dead just after drinking wine. Who are the police/authorities going to look at as the murderer? There will be plenty of irate family members going for vengeance.
Now imagine that Joseph gets the revelation and turns around… some shop owner has a poisoned bottle of wine on his shelves.
Couldn’t the Lord have directed him to another wine shop in another town, or even to select a different bottle?
Occam’s Razor: Isn’t a simpler explanation that Joseph blew the money for the sacrament wine on something else, or drank the wine, or didn’t want to make the full trip or whatever and then “revealed” that water would work as well?
It just seems bizarrely easy to trace if you have a store and sell poisoned wine to customers.