Work for the Youth, Light Bearers to the Remnant, page 162

Work for the Youth

With improved Sabbath Schools and the founding of Battle Creek Col-
lege in 1874 most adult Seventh-day Adventists seemed to feel that they
had adequately provided for the spiritual needs of their children and
youth. Not all youthful Adventists shared this view. In the summer of 1879
fourteen-year-old Luther Warren and seventeen-year-old Harry Fenner
of rural Hazelton, Michigan, began to discuss how they might help their
less-spiritual friends. Soon they devised the idea of a boys’ missionary
society.

The six or eight boys persuaded to attend the first meetings in Luther’s
bedroom were somewhat shy about praying, singing, and planning litera-
ture distribution together. They persisted, however, and before long some
of the girls in the church desired to join their society. Meetings were
moved into the parlor under the eye of a friendly adult. Soon activities
broadened to include picnics, taffy pulls, sleigh rides, and other social
events. But Hazelton was too far from the main centers of Adventism. The
youth society there remained a local affair. It would be another quarter of a
century before the General Conference would see the advantages of
systematically promoting organizations such as the one Warren and Fen-
ner had begun for the young people of their hometown. 22

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