Archive for the ‘Ellen G. White’ Category

Youth Movement

March 7, 2009

Christ’s Last Legion

CHAPTER 7

THE YOUTH MOVEMENT

YOU had a large attendance at your meeting last night?”
“Yes, and everyone seemed much interested.”
“I don’t know; I guess they had a curiosity to hear
a boy preach.”

This was a minister’s greeting to young John Loughbor-
ough in 1849, when at the age of seventeen he assayed to
begin preaching the message of Christ’s coming.1 Three quar-
ters of a century were to be filled with his service before the
close of his life.

His fellow workers were mostly young. James White was
twenty-one when he started out to preach the Second Advent;
Ellen Harmon White was seventeen when she began her min-
istry. John Andrews was writing and speaking for the move-
ment when he was twenty years old. Annie Smith gave her
dewy youth to the cause, and her brother Uriah was but
twenty when he joined the company at Rochester.

There was place for older men, too, men fitted by years
and experience to counsel and lead. Joseph Bates was fifty-
four when he was joined by the younger workers, and J. H.
Waggoner was in his prime. Hiram Edson was of middle age,
and so were Frederick Wheeler and R. F. Cottrell and Wash-
ington Morse. They gave weight and balance to the work;
but with all due tribute to their powers and service, it was
consecrated youth, mostly, who supplied the vision and the
drive which, under the blessing of God, expanded and pressed
forward the cause.

They came—the youth—after the first entrants, one by
one, then group by group, and companies of volunteers: Cor-
nell, Bourdeau, Kellogg, Bell, Kilgore, Lane; Adelia Patten,
Kate Lindsay, Maria Huntley, Mary Kelsey, Louisa Morton,
Nell Rankin. And after them the children of the pioneers took

117

Christ’s Last Legion

their places in the ranks: the sons of James and Ellen White,
of Joseph Waggoner, of Ezra Butler, of William and Cyrus
Famsworth, of Andrew Olsen, o£ Ambrose Spicer. Youth
filled the schools, youth took its place in the ranks, youth
caught and lifted up the standards falling from the relaxing
hands of the aged.

“It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth.” 2
That was written by a man who had taken up his burden in
his childhood (“Ah, Lord God! … I am a child”)3 and who
now, in his old age, an exile in Egypt, seeing his mission ap-
parently a failure, could yet calmly “hope and quietly wait
lor the salvation of the Lord.” And beyond his knowledge, he
had built a kingdom in the lives of youth; for out of Jerusa-
lem in the days of its decadence, out of the ranks of its rec-
reant princes, came the fruit of Jeremiah’s teaching and liv-
ing, in those magnificent sons of Israel—Daniel, Hananiah,
Mishael, and Azariah, to witness in the courts of Babylon, and
Ezekiel, the seer of the captivity. -There never has lacked, and
there never will lack, recrviits from the nobility of youth to
hold up on earth the banner of Almighty God.

The need of enlisting and teaching the children and youth
was not hidden to the more clear-sighted o£ the Adventist
pioneers. James White early began their instruction, estab-
lishing the paper the Youth’s Instructor and founding the
Sabbath school. Ellen G. White sought their conversion and
welfare, winning youthful champions for the cause, teaching
her own sons and counseling and instructing parents in the
education of their children. J. N. Loughborough and J. N.
Andrews, S. N. Haskell and E. W. Famsworth, G. H. Bell and
J. H. Kellogg, themselves beginning in their youth, gathered
around them and taught and inspired young men and women,
many of whom took up the work in evangelistic, educational,
and medical lines.

The Sabbath school was made a mighty instrument for
Biblical education; the Tract and Missionary Society was the
Christian training ground in service of hundreds of the chil-

The Youth Movement I 19

clren and youth: the developing educational system called into
the colleges and the academies and finally into the elementary
church schools a great proportion o£ the young in the denom-
ination. But there was yet to come a movement and an organ-
ization which would reach into every church and home, bring
the children and youth to a more vivid consciousness of their
part in the cause, furnish them with appealing objectives and
essential training, and give them an esprit de corps as the or-
ganized and purposeful and irresistible Young Guard of the
Advent Movement.

There was a lad in a little church in Michigan, in 1879..
who burned with the desire to marshal his youthful com-
panions in service for Christ. His name was Luther Warren,
his age was fourteen, and his church was Hazelton,4 serving a
country community between Flint and Lansing. His closest
friend was Harry Fenner, seventeen. One day as the two boys
were walking along the country road they talked earnestly of
the part they should play in the promotion of the last gospel
message. At last said Luther, “Harry, let’s go over the fence and
pray about it.” So they climbed the rail fence, and found a
corner where the bushes were thick; there they prayed to-
gether and consecrated themselves, and as the aftermath
planned to invite their young friends in the church to join
them.

There were nine of them only, but they were as earnest
in their Christian purpose as the Haystack students of Wil-
liamstown, who started on its way the American chariot of
foreign missions. Luther Warren’s little band of boys met
every week, prayed together, went out on errands of help to
the sick and needy, raised a little money and paid for a club
of Signs of the Times and some tracts—”Elihu on the Sab-
bath,” “The Two Laws,” “The Signs of Christ’s Coming.”
They gave these out, mailed them to selected addresses, and
carried on youthful missionary correspondence with interested
persons. They answered to the temperance campaign just then
beginning in the denomination, and joyfully signed the pledge

120 Christ’s Last Legion

against the use of alcohol, tobacco, tea, coffee, and pork.
There was not a feature of the message that they neglected.

It was not long until the girls of the church asked to join
the society. After some discussion the boys assented to this;
and thereafter their meetings, which had been by themselVes,
were held in the parlors of homes or in the church, with one
or more older persons in attendance. So they went forward, as
they advanced in years, to varied service in the cause.5

Twelve years later another boy, then sixteen years old,
took the initiative in starting such a society. Meade MacGuire
was one of a considerable number of youth in the Antigo,
Wisconsin, church. He had never heard of a Seventh-day Ad-
ventist young people’s society, but his school friends had their
Christian Endeavor Society and their Epworth League, and
he felt that Seventh-day Adventist youth ought to be equally
favored. But when he ventured to suggest it one day, instead
of smiles he met frowns. “No, Meade,” said the older people,
“that would never do. Why should you run off by yourselves?
Young people alone will fall into disorder. Stick to the church
and the Missionary Society with the older people, and don’t
try to be independent.”

But Brother Conner, the elder of the church, a saintly old
man, placed his hand on Meade’s shoulder, and said, “My
boy, you go right ahead. You may have the church for your
meeting, and I’ll stand by you.” So the meetings were started,
and with thirty members. They sang, they studied the Scrip-
tures, they prayed, and they “gave their testimonies,” scarcely
one ever failing to speak. The critical older members, like,
critics of a long-ago time, “could find none occasion nor fault;
inasmuch as [they] were faithful, neither was there any error
nor fault found in” them. Said MacGuire in his afteryears,
“We had not the slightest disorder. I believe God restrained
the enemy because He wanted this work to go forward, and
the people were not sufficiently in favor of it to stand by us
if mistakes were made.” 6 It may be observed, however, that
God works with those who give Him undivided allegiance,

The Youth Movement 121

who have no other thought than that of serving Him and serv-
ing with Him; and when God is present disorder goes out the
window.

Messages from Mrs. White were frequently calling, not
only upon parents and leaders to provide for the conversion
and training of the young, but upon youth themselves to take
up the weapons of God and wage the vigorous warfare against
sin and evil which their forebears had waged. In December,
1892, she wrote:

” ‘We have an army of youth to-day who can do much if
they are properly directed and encouraged. . . . We want them
to act a part in well organized plans for helping other
youth.’ ” “Young men and young women, cannot you form
companies, and, as soldiers of Christ, enlist in the work, put-
ting all your tact and skill and talent into the Master’s service,
that you may save souls from ruin? Let there be companies or-
ganized, in every church to do this work. . . . Will the young-
men and young women who really love Jesus organize them-
selves as workers, not only for those who profess to be Sab-
bath keepers, but for those who are not of our faith?””

And again: “Let there be a company formed somewhat
after the plan of the Christian Endeavor order, and see what
can be done by each accountable human agent in watching
for and improving opportunities to do work for the Master.” s

The next year there appeared this instruction:

“Let young men, and women, and children .go to work in
the name of Jesus. Let them unite together upon some plan
and order of action. Cannot you form a band of workers, and
have set times to pray together and ask the Lord to give you
His grace, and put forth united action? You should consult
with men who love and fear God, and who have experience
in the work, that under the movings of the Spirit of God, you
may form plans and develop methods by which you may work
in earnest and for certain results.” 9

Her appeals began to bear fruit. In far Australia, where
she was then living, her first testimony on the subject was

122 Christ’s Last Legion

promptly acted upon by A. G. Daniells, president of the Aus-
tralian Conference, who organized a young people’s society in
Adelaide. He and other workers followed this up in .various
places in the land “down under.” Their activities coincided
with the appeals of Mrs. White for worldwide action.

In America some earnest workers were stirred to gather the
young into working companies. These youth had not been
wholly ignored before. The Tract and Missionary Society in
nearly all the local churches brought the children and young
people into their activities, and veterans today remember with
a glow of pleasure the gatherings in which as children they
look their part, in programs of the society, but more especially
in the social exercise that followed, around the long tables,
wrapping and addressing missionary literature, and at times
going out to help the needy with baskets of food and clothing.

But the messages from Mrs. White in the church’s papers
called for a special and integrated movement for and by the
young people, and various workers responded. In College
View, Nebraska, a suburb of Lincoln, in 1893, a “Young Peo-
ple’s Society of Christian Service” was organized under Prof.
M. E. Kern. On June 11, 1894, Luther Warren, grown into a
preacher, working in the North Central Stales, formed at
Alexandria, North Dakota, a young people’s society which
they called the Sunshine Band.10 This organization spread
throughout the conference, and on August 30, 1896, a conven-
tion of all the bands in the State was called at Bridgewater.
Such little nuclei were destined to become a live, galvanic
brotherhood and sisterhood ringing the world, sometimes for.
counsel and inspiration gathering in congresses of thousands
of youth, in Europe, in America, in Australia, in the Near
East and the Far East, and in the love of Christ giving their
willing and robust service to humanity and to God.

During the next seven years the movement spread, and
youth societies were formed in many conferences. The Ohio
Conference was the first to form a general organization of A ri-
ven list youth. After local initiative had instituted several so-

The Youth Movement

123

warren-and-fenner-older

Harry Fenner and Luther Warren. Photo Taken Several Years After They Formed First Young People’s Society

cieties, in 1899, at a conference meeting in April and a camp
meeting in August, a State-wide organization of Christian Vol-
unteers was formed, and officers were elected.” When the 1901
General Conference met there had developed so strong a sen-
timent in favor of youth’s societies that this action was taken:

“We approve the movement to organize young people’s
societies for more effectual missionary service; and we recom-
mend that a committee of nine or more representative per-
sons be appointed to form a plan of organization, and report
it to this Conference for consideration.”12

The committee consisted of Luther Warren, S. M. Butler,
H. H. Burkholder, M. E. Cady, M. C. Wilcox, Mrs. S. N. Has-
kell, Mrs. L. Flora Plummer, and Estella Houser. They
brought in a report, which was accepted, that the work of the
young people be such as they had known in the Missionary
Society, that leaders especially adapted to work for the youth
he commissioned to it. that for the time the work he connected

124 Christ’s Last Legion

with the Sabbath School Department, and that a column for
young people’s work be opened in the Youth’s.Instructor.™

The Sabbath School Department, with Mrs. Plummer as
the secretary, took hold with earnestness to develop this aux-
iliary work. The Sabbath school secretary in each conference
was charged with the responsibility of fostering it. Luther
Warren was added to the department to give direction to
the youth’s work. Eloquent and consecrated, he retained
throughout his life the affection and esteem of the young
people. He was, however, more the evangelist than the ad-
ministrator.

But the work spread around the world. Already, in the
beginning, it had taken root in Australia. Germany had a
society as early as 1903, and England in 1905. The islands, east
and west, caught the inspiration, Jamaica being the first over-
seas country to send in a report. The European Latin field
responded, and Africa. Always the work was expanding.

In 1907, midterm of the first quadrennial period, it was
decided, especially for the encouragement of the “European
field, to convene a General Conference Council in Switzer-
land. This was held in May in the town of Gland. At that
council the young people’s work was a main topic. It had
. grown to such proportions that the Sabbath School Depart-
ment felt it should put the child upon its own feet. The coun-
cil, after thoroughly studying the matter, voted to create a new
agency, the Young People’s Department. It elected as chair-
man M. E. Kern, then a teacher of history in Union College,
who had taken a leading part in organizing the young peo-
ple’s work in the Middle West, and who in 1904 had been
made young people’s secretary of the Central Union. As secre-
tary of the new organization, Miss Matilda Erickson was ap-
pointed.

Only a few weeks after the Gland Council a joint Sabbath
school and young people’s convention was called at Mount
Vernon, Ohio, July 10 to 20, at which the governing princi-
ples, the methods of work, and the outstanding problems of

The Youth Movement 125

this new field of Christian activity were discussed. The council
gathered in the founding fathers of the movement, the newly
appointed leaders, the chief Genera] Conference officers, and
some of the most earnest workers for youth.”

A. G. Daniells stressed the responsibility of young people
to carry the gospel message to the uttermost parts of the earth.
W. A. Spicer brought before the eyes of the members a vivid
picture of the world waiting for the message. Frederick Griggs
recited the increased facilities at the hand of this generation
to finish God’s work. Luther. Warren recounted the early ex-
periences, and sounded, the call to prayer and consecration.
C. C. Lewis held up the perfect pattern for youth in the Lord
Jesus Christ. M. E. Kern dealt with the necessity for training
workers especially for the young people’s cause. Meade Mac-
Guire called attention to the increased strength which the
young people’s organized work was bringing to church and
conference. And O. J. Graf, in a clear, explicit, and illuminat-
ing address, presented the reasons for having a young people’s
organization, the objections some urged against it, and the
overwhelming answers.

The Mount Vernon convention proved, as Elder Daniells
predicted, to be “among the most important meetings in the
history of our cause.” From it dates the clear, keen resolve to
devote al] of youth’s strength, fire, and courage to the finish-
ing of the work of God in the earth.

The devotional and educational features of the work were
here formulated. The blessed Morning Watch has since called
the devout youth to prayer and study every morn. The Stand-
ard of Attainment contains courses in denominational history
and doctrine. The Missionary Volunteer Reading Courses,
which here saw their beginning, have put before the youth the
finest of literature—missionary, scientific, historical, cultural,
travel, and personal, experience. The soul of the movement
finds voice in the Aim, the Motto, and the Pledge.

Aim: “The Advent Message to All the World in This Gen-
eration.”

126 Christ’s Last Legion

Motto: “The Love oi Christ Constrained! Us.”
Pledge: “Loving the Lord Jesus, I promise to take an active
part in the work of the Young People’s Missionary Volunteer
Society, doing what I can to help others and to finish the work
o[ the gospel in all the world.”

One of the questions settled al the Mount Vernon conven-
tion was the definite name of the department and society. As
in the time of denominational organization, half a century
before, there were presented ideas many and names many,
each with its ardent advocates. In the end a name which it
was felt was most expressive of the purpose and character of
the organization was adopted: Young People’s Missionary Vol-
unteers. It is now usually shortened to either the first or the
last half of the phrase. And then, as riow, the theme of volun-
teering for Christ’s service was put uppermost:

There’s another task to do,
There’s a battle to renew,
And the Captain calls for yon,
Volunteers, Volunteers!

Christ before us, Christ behind,

Christ on every side! –
For the rescue of mankind

On to glory ride,

Volunteers, Volunteers, Volunteers!

The Youlli’s Instructor, then under the editorship of
Fannie Dickerson Chase, was helpful in the promotion of the
young people’s work. For six years, from 1908 on, it contained
a department devoted to the society cause. In 1914 there was
launched the Church Officers’ Gazette, to which was trans-
ferred the Young People’s Department, as also certain other
departments. This journal has since that time been the me-
dium for department instruction, society programs, and so
forth, whereas the Youth’s Instructor has continued to devote
itself to more general matters of spiritual and cultural interest
to youth.

The Youth Movement 127

The staff of the Young People’s Department in those early
years was small and heavily burdened: one chairman or secre-
tary, one assistant secretary, and one stenographer. Miss
Erickson carried most of the office work and did not a little
field work besides. She also wrote books both practical and in-
spirational, which had a great appeal to the youth. Her spir-
itual, self-effacing, earnest spirit made a great impression on
the work. Professor Kern during the first decade of his secre-
taryship was burdened with other duties also. For four years.,
from 1910 to 1914, he was president of the Foreign Mission
-Seminary (Washington Missionary .College), but he spent as
much time in the field as possible, and also did much writing.
During the 1920’s he spent most of his time in other lands—
Australia, South America, China and the Far East, India.
Africa, Europe—as the young people’s work throughout the
world developed.

A joint country-wide convention of the educational and
the Missionary Volunteer workers was held in Saint Helena.
California, in 1915, and another at Colorado Springs, Colo-
rado, in 1923, conventions fruitful in making clearer and
broader the objectives and in comparing and improving meth-
ods of training and service.

The staff was greatly increased as the years went on. The
first addition was in 1913, when Meade MacGuire was made
field secretary. Ella Iden was added as an assistant in 1915.
Notable in her service was the preparation of the Junior
Manual, in 1918. In 1924 this manual was revised and brought
up to date, including the Progressive Class plan, by Harriet:
Maxson Holt, who was appointed Junior secretary in 1920.
Henry T. Elliott, from successful conduct of the youth work
in the Lake Union, was brought in 1922 to join the General
Conference staff; when M. E. Kern became secretary of the
General Conference in 1930, Elliott was made secretary of
the Missionary Volunteer Department. When he in turn was
taken into the General Conference secretarial department in
1936, his place was filled by Alfred W. Peterson. who had given

128 Christ’s Last Legion

vigorous leadership in the youth work in various parts of the
field. He served until 1946, when he was called to be young
people’s secretary of the Australasian Division. E. W. Dunbar
then became General Missionary Volunteer secretary. Other
workers developing in the union and local conferences, a
number of whom later joined the General Conference force,
were C. A. Russell, C. Lester Bond, D. A. Ochs, F. G. Ash-
baugh, J. T. Porter, A. C. Nelson, T. E. Lucas, and L. A. Skin-
ner. Young women who served with devotion and distinction
in the central office or in the field included Emma Howell,
Julia Leland, Louise Kleuser, Olive Lindberg, and Mrs. Mar-
jorie Marsh.

The later work of the Young People’s Department in the
Senior section, and also the development of the Junior work,
will be recorded in other chapters. The great development of
many forms of service through the Young People’s Missionary
Volunteer organization will appear in the future portrayal of
the history of the church.

________________________________________________________

1 J. N. Loughborough, Rise and Progress of Seventh-day Adventisls, p. 149.

2 Lamentations 3:27.

3 Jeremiah 1:6.

4 The church was named for the township in which it is located; there
is no village of that name. It has now been renamed the Juddville Church.
Pastor R. K. Krick letter, Nov. 18, 1947.

5 Matilda Erickson (Andross), Missionary Volunteers and Their Work,
p. 10; R. K. Krick, pastor at Juddville (Hazelton), Michigan, letter of Nov.
18, 1947.

6 Erickson, op. cit., pp. 12, .13; Meade MacGuire letter, Oct. 20, 1947.

7 General Conference Bulletin, 1893, p. 24; Signs of the Times, May 29,
1893, p. 455; M. E. Kern letters, Nov. 2, 9, 26, 1947.

8 Ellen G. White letter to Edgar Caro, a college student, Oct. 2, 1893,
quoted in Notebook Leaflets, vol. 1, no. 30, p. 2.

9 Youth’s Instructor, Aug. 9, 1894, p. 249.

10 A. W. Peterson MS., “History of the Young People’s Missionary Volunteers,” p. 3. Luther Warren in Report of the Sabbath School and Toung People’s Convention at Mount Vernon, Ohio, p. 28. Warren here says that the first Sunshine Band was organized at Briagewater, September 15; and he makes the same statement in the paper Sunshine, July, 1899, published at Omaha, Nebraska, and edited by him. However, in his diary, in the midst of the record of his evangelistic meetings at Alexandria, he has this notation on June 11, 1894: “Sunshine Band, First: Dora Alien, May Hunt, May Lohmaier, and Jessie Laidlow.” And on September 15: “Organized a Sunshine Band at Bridgewater.” Diary in possession of Mrs. Luther Warren.

11 Peterson, op. cit., p. 4. Emma E. Howell, The Great Advent Movement,
p. 90.

!2 General Conference Bulletin, 1901, pp. 306, 331, 332.

™lbid., pp. 441, 442.

14 Erickson, op. cit., pp. 9-43; Report of the Sabbath School and Young
People’s Convention at Mount Vernon, Ohio.

1907-1957, MV Golden Anniversary

March 7, 2009

Australasian Record, February 4, 1957, page 10

1957—MV Golden Anniversary Year

When Miss Annie Higgins, aged eighty- two years, mounted the rostrum for the opening of the South Pacific Youth Congress at Nunawading, Melbourne, she carried a flaming torch which was full of significance to the two thousand Adventist youth agog with anticipation.

In 1879, when Annie was only 4, two young men, Harry Fenner and Luther Warren, teenage pioneers of Hazelton, Michigan, conceived the idea of a boys’ society within their Seventh-day Adventist community. They told the Lord of their plans one day in the summer of that year, and promptly organized themselves to engage in active missionary work. There were only six or eight at their first meeting, but undaunted, they met each week for prayer, went on errands of mercy for the sick and needy, raised money to buy tracts, and carried on youthful missionary correspondence. This was the youth-inspired beginning of our mighty Missionary Volunteer army, now approaching the half million the world around.

From a tree growing in the garden where the first young people’s society met in Hazelton, was made the wooden torch held aloft by Miss Higgins, and with which Pastor Lucas declared the Congress open.

In 1893, two years before Miss Higgins entered the organized work in Victoria, Sister White, while residing in Melbourne, issued this testimony:—

“We have an army of youth today who can do much if they are properly directed and encouraged. We want our children to believe the truth. We want them to be blessed of God. We want them to act a part in well-organized plans for helping other youth. Let all be so trained that they may rightly represent the truth, giving the reason of the hope that is within them, and honouring God in any branch of the work where they are qualified to labour.” — General Conference Bulletin, January 29, 30, 1893.

As soon as Pastor A. G. Daniells heard this testimony regarding definite work for the youth, he organized a young people’s society in Adelaide, South Australia, in the same year. It was really a junior organization, the oldest member being only fifteen. The society held meetings, studied the Bible, and engaged in missionary work. It proved to be a great blessing to these young people. It helped not only to hold them, but to train them for definite service.

In 1917, Pastor Daniells, in reference to that society said, “It is a great satisfaction to me now after twenty-five years have passed to know that nearly every charter member of that band is in this message, and most of them are active workers, giving their lives to the advancement of this cause.”

In this first Australasian MV Society Miss Higgins became a charter member and was baptized by Pastor Daniells. Then for twelve years she served faithfully in clerical work, as Tract Society secretary, accountant, and teacher at Avondale.

But in 1907, just fifty years ago, the General Conference in session at Mt. Vernon, Ohio, U.S.A., declared the “Young People’s Society of Missionary Volunteers” an organized department of the church. Immediately into this new regime for the youth Miss’ Higgins stepped as MV secretary for Tasmania and New South Wales for the years 1907-21.

And now it is 1957! The Golden Anni versary year for Missionary Volunteers around the world. “Sharing the Faith of our Fathers” is its stirring theme, echoing to us the challenge brought to us at the Congress by Miss Higgins of a task well begun and waiting to be completed by the consecrated youth of today.

Shall we rise up, young people of Australia and New Zealand and stalwart young men and women of the colourful Pacific Isles, and move forward to a great new Share Your Faith campaign!

Other Golden Anniversary features for you in 1957 are:—

1. SPECIAL editions of “Messages to Young People,” “Youth’s Instructor,” and “Junior Guide.”

2. SPECIAL MV Society membership card and campaign.

3. SPECIAL MV offering mission project for the Coral Sea Union Mission.

A Happy Golden Anniversary Year to You All.

Ellen White’s First Vision

January 10, 2009

Visions and Revisions Part 1

by Ron Graybill

Ministry Magazine published this first of three parts in their February 1994 edition. It is a textual study of Ellen White’s first vision.

Ron Graybill’s writings address some of the more perplexing issues raised by critics. In examining Ellen White’s first vision, Graybill used a computer program to identify the differences.

I appreciate Graybill’s thoroughness. When he addresses an issue, he examines what seems like every known angle. Here is his list of the printings of Ellen White’s first vision:

Printings of Ellen White’s First Vision

1846—”Letter From Sister Harmon,” The Day-Star 9 (Jan. 24,1846): pp. 31, 32. (This is a DjVu file. A free download of the DjVu is available **HERE** )

1846—”To the Little Remnant Scattered Abroad,” broadside, Apr. 6, 1846.

1847—”A Word to the ‘Little Flock,’” pamphlet, May 30, 1847.

1851—”Experience and Views” Second Advent Review and Sabbath Herald Extra, July 21, 1851.

1851—A Sketch of the Christian Experience and Views of Ellen G. White (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.: James White, 1851), pp. 9-15.

1860—Spiritual Gifts (Battle Creek, Mich.: Seventh-day Adventist Publishing Association, 1860), vol. 2, pp. 30-35, 52-55.

1882—Early Writings (Battle Creek, Mich.: Review and Herald Pub. Assn., 1882), pp. 9-15.

1883—”To the Remnant Scattered Abroad,” pamphlet, 1883.

1885—Testimonies for the Church (Oakland: Pacific Press Pub. Assn.,1885), vol. 1, pp. 58-61, 67-70.

1906—Early Writings (Washington, D.C.: Review and Herald Pub. Assn., 1906), pp. 13-20.

1945—Early Writings (Washington, D.C.: Review and Herald Pub. Assn., 1945), pp. 13-20.

Graybill serves as a role model for amateur historians seeking to remain positive even while they address serious issues.

Storytelling in the Home

December 23, 2008

The Church Officers’ Gazette, June, 1944

Storytelling in the Home

BY DOROTHY WHITE CHRISTIAN

Storytelling is the oldest and most important of arts. God made us to en- joy stories, and set His seal of approval on the art by being the first storyteller and by putting into His Book many, many stories. About one half of the Bible is in story form, and that half is the best known and most often read. , Stories are important because of their great influence. They stimulate us to emulate the characters in the story. They appeal to the emotions, which are levers that move us to action. They are a highway to the heart of the world. They appeal to us in such a’ way that they arc easy to remember.

In our school a number of years ago was the son of the man who gave to our pioneer among the Indians, Brother Stahl, the money to establish the Broken Stone Mission. This boy was only seven years old, but every night he repeated to his mother the story of the day’s Bible lesson: a story of the second advent, or of the signs of Christ’s coming or the events that would follow, or maybe a story from the life of Mrs. White or some Bible character, or perchance a mission story. In wonder and delight that mother listened to him as he repeated the story, realizing that deep and good impressions were made. I repeat, the story is an easy and happy form by which children receive facts and ideas and ideals.

In Judges the second chapter and the seventh verse we read: “And the people served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great works of the Lord, that He did for Israel.” We are likely to think, Wonderful! But see what God did for them. How could they be anything but true?

Now read verse ten and the first part of verse twelve: “There arose another generation after them, which knew not the Lord, nor yet the works which He had done for Israel. . . . And they forsook the Lord God of their fathers.” If loyalty to God came as the result of knowing the great works of the Lord, and lack of loyalty came as the result of the ignorance of the generation which knew not the works of the Lord, is there not a lesson in this that we dare not ignore? The second generation did not have the privilege of seeing the works of the Lord with their own physical eyes, but they should not have been denied the privilege of seeing them through the eyes of others. The mothers and fathers failed in their duty of Storytelling. Seventh-day Adventist parents should not fail. The children should know the stories of God’s providences and guidance in our early denominational history, as well as Bible stories, that they too may “serve the Lord all the days of the elders” who have outlived our pioneers.

Seventh-day Adventist history is rich in stories of God’s providences. There is the story of the establishment of our sanitariums. Think of what Mrs. White told us about properties on the West Coast that could be bought for a fraction of their value. Think of the direct pointing to the Paradise Valley Sanitarium property, which was finally secured for one fifth of its value because the original owners could not find water after, a short time” of operating. “But,” said Mrs. White, “there is water there.” Our people purchased the property, drilled for water, and found it. Paradise Valley Sanitarium is a monument to God’s leading of this people. Shouldn’t our children know that story?

Think of what has been done for our publishing work. In the early days of the establishment of one of our plants, the loss was $12,000 from the first year’s operation. It had been built at the urgent appeal of Mrs. White. Greatly troubled, the men in charge went to her, wishing to close it up. She said, “Study your methods.” The second year the balance showed another loss of $12,000. Again they went to Mrs. White. Again she said, “Study your methods.” Again the third year they had the same experience. In desperation they were determined to close the plant. But the same counsel obtained again—”Study your methods.” The fourth year showed a net gain of $36,000, balancing their three years’ losses. Today that institution is one of our largest printing plants. Will such a story help to establish the children’s faith in God’s leading of this people.

Think of our schools. Think of the providential establishment of our Australian school. The Lord picked out the identical farm and marked it by three unmistakable signs. Against the advice of government experts that land was purchased, against which Mrs. White said, “False witness has been borne.” The first year that crops were planted, such an excellent harvest was obtained that the people met for special thanksgiving and called in the government expert, who said, “I cannot understand it.” Don’t you think our children ought to know that story?

I repeat, one great source of stories for our children is found in the providential leadings of this people. Some of these will be found in such books as F. C. Gilbert’s Divine Predictions, J. N. Loughborongh’s Great Second Advent Movement, Ellen G. White’s Early Writings and Life Sketches, A. W. Spalding’s Pioneer Stories, W. A. Spicer’s Pioneer Days, and others.

Then there are personal stories that our children should know—stories of leaders who have been influenced at the right moment by the words of Mrs. White. I am reminded of a story told us by the late G. B. Starr regarding Elder Olsen, then president of the General Conference. Elder Olsen was sitting at the table in his dining room; his elbows were resting on the table, his head in his hands. He was discouraged. He had too much to do, and could not do his work well. So he turned his burdened heart to the Lord and said, “I am bringing back to you the presidency of the General Conference. I am not fitted for it. Another man can do the work better.” After he had unburdened his heart he felt better and retired for the night.

Early next morning he went to the conference office, where a letter was handed him, written by Mrs. White in Australia over a month before. In it Mrs. White said, “Dear Elder Olsen: I was shown you sitting in your dining room, at your table; your elbows were resting on the table, your head was in your hands. You were praying, and you said, ‘Dear Lord, I am bringing back to you the presidency of the General Conference. I am not fitted for it; another can do the work better.’ Now Brother Olsen,” Mrs. White continued, “the Lord says, ‘Who made you chairman of the sanitarium board? I did not. Who made you one of the leaders on the Review and Herald board? I did not. But I have made you the president of the General Conference. Do the work that I have given you to do, and you will find that My yoke is easy and My burden is light.’ ”

How can you account for such a letter? Only one way; the Lord showed to Mrs. White, away over in Australia, a month before, what Elder Olsen was going to do in his home in Battle Creek. She wrote this out in a letter and sent it to him, in order that he might not give up the work that the Lord had given him to do. It arrived the morning after he had this experience. Could anyone but God have foreseen this?

Then there is the story of Mrs. S. M. I. Henry, who was very ill at her home in the Middle West. She was scheduled to go to the West Coast to speak at a large W. C. T. U. gathering. She was so ill that her children felt she should not go on the trip. But she felt the Lord had called her. She stayed in bed on the train all the way across the continent, and felt better when she arrived. However, she was so frail that her hostess insisted on her going into a private home and not to a hotel. One of the wealthy ladies of the city opened her home, and Mrs, Henry was made very comfortable. The morning after she arrived she received a letter from Mrs. White, written several weeks before, in Australia, with her name and address on the envelope. Not her home address, not the W. C. T. U. address, but the address of the home where she was staying in that city, a home that would not have been opened to her if she had not been ill. How did Mrs. White know that Mrs. Henry was going to stay at that home? No one had known it until the day before. And yet the letter was written several weeks before. Isn’t that a story you would like to have the children know, to help fasten in their minds the thought that God through His angels revealed to Mrs. White the things of the future?

It seems to me that no one who believes absolutely the truthfulness of the Spirit of prophecy can ever leave this denomination. And it seems to me further that we should not hesitate to impress upon our children and young people the stories that will bring this belief to their hearts, a belief that will serve as an anchor in times of stress.

Another source of stories for our children is mission experiences. Elder Spicer’s story of Celia, the little black girl who gave her all when she gave her earrings, raised thousands of dollars for the mission work of this denomination. And how many children have been inspired to be more true to their convictions by the story of the two little children in Czechoslovakia who refused to obey the man who took them after their mother’s death, when he told them they must not keep the Sabbath. Though he punished them every Sabbath for their disobedience, yet he was finally won over and became an ardent Seventh-day Adventist himself. Mission, stories should not be confined to dramatic incidents only. Should they not rather be built upon the principle of trial and triumph, letting the hearers know that mission work is not just one grand lark or series of exciting adventures, but, like work anywhere else, is made successful by building steadily, earnestly, thoughtfully, prayerfully, even routinely, day by day and year by year?

(To be continued in August)

http://www.adventistarchives.org/docs/TCOG/TCOG1944-06/index.djvu?djvuopts&page=22

Have You Read Them

December 21, 2008

By G. B. Starr

Seventh-day Adventists, the remnant people of God, are the possessors of the rarest and richest publications ever presented to the world’s readers.

No preceding religious movement in the history of the world has ever given such a vast amount of high-class comments upon the entire Bible, and presented the plan of redemption in such clear and convincing and appealing language. This statement is proven by the comparison of the writings of the Spirit of prophecy with the publications of all former generations and of the present one.

A well-informed teacher of literature, not a Seventh-day Adventist, who had traveled in all parts of the world, made a significant statement to her class of forty- eight adult students. She had requested the class to bring in three excerpts from their favorite authors, and the class were to tell from hearing them read, who the authors were. One member brought three paragraphs from “Desire of Ages.” The class approved of the writing as very fine, but were unable to name the writer.

The teacher, Miss E. McMillan, then stated that the excerpts were from the pen of Mrs. E. G. White, and that she felt it was a great pity that her writings were not better known. She told the class she was going to make a bold, strong statement, and that she meant every word of it. She then said; “Of all writings, ancient, medieval, or modern, there are no writings so full of beauty, so perfect in every way, so pure, and yet so simple, outside the Bible, as the writings of Mrs. E. G. White.”

The report of this statement is signed by two members of the class; namely, Harold N. Williams, St. John’s, Newfoundland, and Roy O. Williams, D.D.S., Loma Linda, California.

These writings unveil the future movements of nations, religious bodies, and individuals. The writings are here in the possession of God’s people, and they cannot be set aside or talked out of existence. They have led the way to the erection of monumental sanitariums, publishing houses, schools, colleges, and a unique medical college, for the training of medical evangelists, the only one of its kind in the world. Thus they exhibit the soundness of their teaching and the inspired type of instruction.

Where did Ellen G. White obtain the instruction contained in “Early Writings,” “Patriarchs and Prophets,” “Great Controversy,” “Education,” “Ministry of Healing,” and the many volumes of “Testimonies to the Church?” She was not tutored in the world’s colleges. They possess no such information. Eight years before her death in July, 1915, she wrote: “Abundant light has been given to our people in these last days. Whether or not my life is spared, my writings will constantly speak, and their work will go forward as long as time shall last. My writings are kept on file in the office, and even though I should not live, these words, given me by the Lord, will still have life and will speak to the people.”—”Writing and Sending Out of the Testimonies,” pp. 13, 14.

The Lord Jesus, the Prince of the universe, informs men and angels as to just how He came in- to possession of all these treasures of knowledge which He reveals. His opening words of the book of Revelation clearly state it:

“The revelation of Jesus Christ, WHICH GOD GAVE UNTO HIM, to show unto His servants things which must shortly come to pass; and He sent and signified it by His angel unto His servant John: who bare record of the word of God, and of the TESTIMONY OF JESUS CHRIST, and of all things that he saw.”

Having had the privilege of knowing Ellen G. White for more than a quarter of a century, and also being called to travel with her and her family in this country and Australasia, it is a pleasure for me to respond to the invitation to relate to those newly embracing the faith, some personal experiences and observations of her life and work.

My first acquaintance with her was at a camp meeting in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1882. Here she exhorted us all to use our influence by “voice and pen and vote,” to forward the movement for prohibition. She related a dream, which she had six months previous, in which an angel had instructed her along those lines. I was pleased to witness how effectually her testimony unified the sentiment of the conference and led to a unanimous vote favoring such action. The influence of that counsel continues to guide our people in all lands.

My next experience was at a camp meeting in Nebraska, the same year. There she presented the life experience of a young minister, whom she had never seen before. He later testified, at a General Conference session, to the absolute truthfulness of the message she gave him, and said it had led him into an entire change of life, which we were all able to see.

In 1891, at Petoskey, Mich., where we were all residing at the time, Sister White handed me a roll of manuscript to read, stating that it had been compiled from her various writings with the view of producing a small booklet on practical religious experience. It had not then been named. It certainly was a great privilege to read in this manuscript, what a little later was named “Steps to Christ,” and which has since been translated into more than fifty languages. The various presses have printed hundreds of thousands of copies, which have gone forth on their blessed ministry of pointing souls to Christ, step by step leading the readers into a definite religious experience. Its influence leads to the word of God and to faith in Jesus Christ as the only Saviour. It also cheers and steadies the faith of Christians. Many will testify of personal help received from its pages. It also leads to the reading of other volumes written by the same writer. Once one has tasted of the fine flavor of the writings and recognized the voice of Jesus speaking in them, he must continue to read until all are devoured.

Evidence of Inspiration

At a general Conference at Battle Creek, Mich., in 1883, the entire delegation had the experience of witnessing her prophetic gift. She was speaking at the closing Sunday night’s service, which was unusual, as she seldom spoke in the evening. Stopping in the midst of her address, she pointed up to the gallery, straight at the clock, behind which three of us delegates from Nebraska were seated, and in a clear distinct voice, easily heard by the more than three thousand persons present, she said: “Elder Cudney, open your heart and take Elder Johnson in; he wants a place in your heart. Do not leave this Tabernacle tonight until you are reconciled to each other. Elder Cudney, open your heart and take Elder Johnson in.” This she repeated several times.

As I was seated between these two brethren, I endeavored to move out, but was prevented for a time by Elder Cudney. Succeeding, however, the way was opened for them to get nearer together. For a time Elder Cudney hesitated. He had misinterpreted Elder Johnson’s advances toward him, and thought he was aspiring to the office of conference president. But the Spirit of God gained the victory, and Elder Cudney threw his arms about Elder Johnson. As they thus embraced as brethren, the influence affected the entire delegation, and many wept. This unusual scene at a General Conference seemed a fitting influence for these delegates to carry to their people in all parts of the world.

Elder Cudney wrote Sister White from Nebraska a short time afterwards, stating that they had followed her counsel, and before leaving the Tabernacle that night had retired to a smaller room, and with Elders George I. Butler and S. N. Haskell and the writer, had come to a perfect understanding, and that they were then laboring together among the churches, to their comfort and edification.

Faces Recognized

Upon our arrival in Melbourne, Australia, and in attendance at the first conference meeting, Sister White asked me who that tall gentleman was, seated at the extreme left of the room. I replied, “That is Lawyer. . . , one of the first persons to embrace the truth in the city of Melbourne.” “And who is that lady, seated at the right of the room?” Sister White asked, as she pointed toward the person indicated. I replied, “That is the Lawyer’s wife.” “And who is that young man at the end of the middle row?” she asked, “He is the lawyer’s nephew,” I answered. “Well that is interesting,” Sister White said. “I saw those three persons, in a vision given me in Switzerland, six years ago. They were then all in one room together, in a private home, praying for light on the book of Daniel. I thought they lived together, and could not understand why they were so separated in this meeting.” I informed her that they did all live together and their being separated so was unusual. But I feel sure the readers will join me in thanksgiving that they were so separated, as it proved clearly that Sister White assuredly recognized them as those seen in the vision, whom she had never seen in person before. She had written in “Testimonies,” Vol. V, page 67: “As the Lord has manifested Himself through the Spirit of prophecy, past, present, and future have passed before me. I have been shown faces that I had never seen, and years afterward, I knew them when I saw them.”

Here we had a perfectly clear fulfilment of this statement. This man was the first to purchase one of the one thousand copies of the book “Daniel and the Revelation,” which William Arnold had carried with him to Australia, and thus had the answer to their prayers for light on those books.

In closing we will let Sister White speak: “Never have testimonies been more clearly brought before the people than those that have been recently traced by my pen. God bids me urge upon the attention of our people the importance of their study. Let this work begin now. Then whether I am permitted to labor, or laid away to rest until Jesus comes, these messages are immortalized.”

The Far Eastern Division Outlook, October 15, 1937, pages 2, 3

Hiram Edson’s Daughter Remembers

December 14, 2008

SOUTHWESTERN UNION RECORD , March 2, 1920

EXPERIENCES AND RECOLLECTIONS OF THE MESSAGE

I have just been reading the Anniversary Number of the Review and Herald, and as I have looked into the faces of old familiar friends, it has aroused many recollections of the past. My whole life has been in close connection with the Advent Message. I was born about the time my parents accepted the Advent doctrine under the preaching of Wm. Miller in 1843. They were firm and true to the cause of truth to the close of their lives, and it called for such self-denial and and sacrifice in those early days, for its friends were few and mostly poor in this worlds goods.

After the passing of the time when they expected the Lord would come on the 22nd of October, 1844, a few of the most earnest and faithful ones were at the home of my father, (Hiram Edson), praying and studying the prophecies to learn the cause of the disappointment. After prayer they started out to visit some that had been interested, and were going through a corn field when suddenly father saw a bright light shining around him and heard these words, as of an audible voice: “The temple of God was opend in heaven and there was seen in His temple the ark of His testament.” The others passed on, but soon noticed he was not with them, and, looking back, asked what was the matter. He replied, “Brethren, there is new light for us.” They went to studying the prophecies, and the light on the subject of the Sanctuary was then brought out, which fully explained the cause of the disappointment. O. R. L. Crozer then wrote the article mentioned in the Review a few months ago. He was at father’s, and, finances being low, those interested in the Message having used all their ready means in proclaiming the Message, my mother sold her solid silver teaspoons and half of her large spoons to pay for having the article printed in the “Day Dawn.” That also opened up the subject of the seventh-day Sabbath.

The conference to which Brother and Sister White were invited, as noticed on page 8 of the Review, was held at father’s house, near Port Gibson, New York. Nearly all the Sabbath-keepers at that time met there, and my parents entertained them, the sisters sleeping in the house and the brethren in the haymow. Father cleaned and seated his barn floor to have a place for the meetings. That was a time that called for self-denial and sacrifice. Brother and Sister White were in very close circumstances. Father sold his sheep and gave $1500 to help them.

Another conference was held at father’s not long after this, and a mob of forty gathered in the dooryard, intent on breaking up the meeting. They rushed into the house and laid hold of one brother and dragged him to the door. Another brother stepped up and ordered them to let him go, when one of the mob took a griddle from off the stove and struck him, cutting him badly over the eye. Father then walked boldly out into the crowd and said: “I won’t give up my faith if you cut me into inch pieces and feed my flesh to the foxes of the desert and to the fowls of the air.” The Spirit of God accompanied the words with such power that the crowd all withdrew and they had a quiet meeting.

I, with my parents, attended the meeting at Balston Springs, at which it was decided to move the Review office to Rochester, N. Y., and buy a Washington hand press. I well remember hearing father say, “We, no doubt, will have a power press before the close—and maybe two or three.” That required a great stretch of faith at that time, but what do we see today?—many large power presses in various parts of the world, all of them running day and night, sending out the message of truth by the tons. The work, begun in such poverty and weakness, has grown mighty and strong, and God will carry it to a glorious consummation. There is still a great work to be done, but He will finish the work and cut it short in righteousness.

Nearly all of the faces shown in the Anniversary Number of the Review and Herald are familiar to me. The first page of the Present Truth looks very familiar. I well remember reading it when a child. I have no recollection of my parents keeping Sunday.

I truly praise the Lord that He has kept me in the love of the truth, while many bright and shining lights have gone out in darkness. Time has continued much longer than we expected, but it has been through the longsuffering of God, who is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But it will not always wait. Jesus will soon come, and may reader and writer be able to say, “This is the Lord—we have waited for Him and He will save us.”

From one who has been long looking for the appearing of Christ.

MRS. V. O. CROSS.
Houston, Texas, Jan. 15, 1920.

http://www.adventistarchives.org/docs/SUR/SUR19200302-V19-13__B/index.djvu?djvuopts&page=6

GC Session Supports EGW, 1879

October 18, 2008

EIGHTEENTH ANNUAL SESSION
GENERAL CONFERENCE OF SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTISTS
November 7, 1879

The Conference assembled, according to appointment, in the Tabernacle at Battle Creek, Michigan, at 10:30 a.m., November 7, 1879. The president, Elder James White, announced hymn 164 of Spiritual Songs, after the singing of which the Conference was led in prayer by U. Smith. The hymn, “Nearer My God to Thee,” was then sung, and brief opening remarks were made by the president.

Delegates being called for, thirty-three responded, representing sixteen conferences and one mission. Others were afterward added, so that in all twenty conferences and two missions were represented by thirty-nine delegates, as follows:

Maine: R. S. Webber.
New England: D. A. Robinson, G. F. Haines.
Vermont: C. W. Stone, R. S. Owen.
New York: B. L. Whitney, M. H. Brown, E. S. Lane.
Pennsylvania: D. B. Oviatt, J. G. Saunders.
Ohio: D. M. Canright, G. G. Rupert.
Tennessee: G. K. Owen.
Michigan: W. H. Littlejohn, J. Fargo, William Ostrander, M. B. Miller, E. R. Jones, W. C. White, E. B. Lane.
Indiana: S. H. Lane, W. W. Sharp.
Illinois: A. A. John, G. W. Colcord.
Wisconsin: H. W. Decker, O. A. Olsen.
Minnesota: Harrison Grant, L. H. Ells, A. Mead.
Dakota: S. B. Whitney.
Nebraska: C. L. Boyd. A. J. Cudney.
Iowa: L. McCoy.
Missouri: G. I. Butler.
Kansas: Smith Sharp, W. E. Dawson.
Texas: G. I. Butler.
California: S. N. Haskell.
North Pacific: S. N. Haskell.
Colorado Mission: A. O. Burrill.
Ontario Mission: John Fulton.

Minutes of last session read and approved.

The chairman appointed the usual committees, as follows:

On Nominations: J. Fargo, O. A. Olsen, S. B. Whitney.
On Resolutions: Smith Sharp, H. W. Decker, S. H. Lane, A. O. Burrill, B. L. Whitney.
On Auditing: H. W. Kellogg, Franklin Howe.

THIRTEENTH MEETING, NOVEMBER 25, 1879, 9:30 A.M.

Prayer by Elder James White.

Minutes of previous meeting approved.

THE MISSIONARY BOARD

The committee to whom was referred the subject of the creation of a Missionary Board, reported by recommending that the following persons constitute such Board for the coming year; namely, W. C. White, Mrs. M. J. Chapman, Elder O. A. Olsen, Miss Maud Sisley, and Elder B. L. Whitney.

An amendment to increase the number of the Board from five to nine by the addition of four more members was carried, and the motion, as amended, prevailed. Miss M. L. Huntley, Secretary of the General Tract and Missionary Society, and Elder U. Smith, were then added, after which it was

MOVED, That the committee by whom the foregoing Board was nominated, be instructed to present a nomination for the two remaining members, at some future meeting. Carried.

Some very stirring remarks on the subject of missionary work were made at this point by Sister White.

CIRCULATION OF MRS. E. G. WHITE’S WRITINGS

The committee on the circulation of the writings of Mrs. E. G. White reported as follows:–

The committee appointed by this Conference to consider the subject of the circulation of Sister White’s writings, would respectfully present the following report:

WHEREAS, Our past experience has fully proved that our prosperity as a people is always in proportion to the degree of confidence we cherish in the work of the spirit of prophecy in our midst; and

WHEREAS, The most bitter opposition we have to meet is aimed against this work, showing that our enemies realize its importance, whether we do or not; and

WHEREAS, We have found that the most effectual way to meet and disarm this opposition was either to secure the personal labors of the one through whom we believe that the Lord has spoken, or to freely circulate her writings, and

WHEREAS, Great light has shone upon us through this channel, which not only our own people greatly need, but which would be a blessing to the world, remove prejudice, and break the force of the bitter attacks of the enemies of the truth, therefore

RESOLVED, That we urge upon our ministers and tract societies the importance of making earnest efforts to extend the circulation of the volumes of the Spirit of Prophecy and the Testimonies to the Church among our own people, till these shall be in every family of believers.

RESOLVED, That we recommend the Publishing Association to issue in attractive form such of her writings as would be of general interest to the reading public who are not of our faith, to be placed in public libraries, reading rooms, on shipboard, etc., by canvassers and Tract and Missionary workers, where they, as well as our other standard works, may be accessible to the people.

RESOLVED, That we recommend the Publishing Association to issue in as cheap a form as consistent, the matter substantially contained in volume two of Spiritual Gifts, concerning the early life and labors of Sister White, in connection with the rise and progress of this work, for the special use of our ministers in new fields, and among those first becoming acquainted with her connection with this cause. And we further recommend the publication of a small edition of her earliest writings, now out of print, to bring all her writings within reach of those anxious to obtain them.

RESOLVED, That we consider it to be the duty of all our ministers to teach the Scriptural view of the gift of prophecy among our brethren everywhere, and the relation it sustains to the work of God in which we are engaged. 165–GCS 63-88

RESOLVED, That we advise that efforts be made to complete the raising of the fund of $5,000 voted at the last annual session of the Conference for the purpose of increasing the circulation of these writings; said fund to be used in placing them in public libraries, reading-rooms, and other locations where they will be open to the reading public, and in such of the families of the very poor as the officers of the Tract and Missionary Society decide should have them.

These were adopted.

http://www.adventistarchives.org/docs/GCB/GCB1863-88.pdf

pages 152, 153, 163-165

Australia or Desire of Ages

October 17, 2008

Fourteenth Meeting

August 7, 1891. 3:00 P.M.

All the Members of the Committee present except Elder Underwood (Olsen, chair, Loughborough, Jones, Kilgore, Haskell, Robinson, White, Colcord, Secretary); and Sister White by previous arrangement.

The meeting was opened with prayer by Elders Haskell and Olsen.

The meeting being called specially for the purpose of giving Sister White an interview with the Committee, the reading of the minutes of the last meeting was waived.

Sister White stated before the Committee that on account of various other lines of work coming upon her for some time past, she had written but little as yet on the “Life of Christ,” but that matters had so shaped themselves, and her physical and mental conditions were such that she could not continue writing this work, but that should she pursue this course she could not go to Australia for a year yet, and consequently she wished advice in the matter.

Elder White stated that until recently it appeared to him it was evident that either the writing of the book or the going to Australia would have to be indefinitely postponed.

Elder Olsen inquired if there were not as good prospects for the writing of the book over in Australia, as here, to which Sister White replied by asking, “Who knoweth?”

It was thought that if she went to Australia and continued to write articles for the different denominational papers, the General Conference should furnish her a competent stenographer to report her addresses and to prepare them for the paper.

Breakfast time arrived before any decision was reached, and the Committee adjourned to 3:00 P.M.

DJVU page 49/78

http://www.adventistarchives.org/docs/GCC/GCC1891/index.djvu

Fifteenth Meeting,

6. That it is the sense of the Committee that Sister White, if consistent with her convictions, and Eld. W.C. White go to Australia on the “Monovai,” which sails about the middle of October next.

After considering the matter of supplying suitable help for Sister White, the Committee adjourned to 7:30 P.M., August 8.

EGW and GC Executive Committee, July, 1890

October 17, 2008

Champion of Proper Support for Ministers and Their Families

General Conference Committee, Ninth Meeting, July 16th, 1890, p. 3.

Sister White said: “There is another matter which I wish to bring before the Committee. It is in reference to our ministers who are sick and dying, and their families. What can be done for them? They have labored hard, and have given of their scanty earnings for the advancement of the cause. Should not some provision be made for their support and the support of their families?”

Eld. Olsen said: “The providing of a fund for the support of invalid ministers, is on the list of subjects for consideration at this meeting.”

Sister White said that she had been shown in the past that ministers would die because they do not have the support they need. When Bro. Sperry was sick and had constant hemorrhage of the lungs, she was shown that our ministers should guard against straining their lungs by loud speaking or speaking too long. It was shown her also that a sermon one-half an hour long would frequently be all the people could retain. Our ministers should be careful of their health, that their minds may be clear; and if they do fail, we should step in and hold them up and support them.

She feels that a fund should be raised for the support of invalid ministers and is sure that God will bless in raising it.

Eld. Olsen asked Sister White if she had any plan in mind for raising such a fund. She replied that she had no special plan in mind.

Eld. White suggested that the two funds open in the REVIEW, might, with a little effort, be filled up very soon, and a fund for the support of invalid ministers take their place.

The time having come, the Committee adjourned to call of chair.

The chair announced the next meeting at 2:00 P.M.

http://www.adventistarchives.org/docs/GCC/GCC1890/index.djvu