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1879, The First Idea, Youth Work

March 7, 2009

The First Idea

The beginning of the Junior Missionary Volunteer Society can be traced back to the summer of 1879. The historical spot was a country S.D.A. church at Hazelton, Michigan. The community is known today as Juddville and is located just southwest of Flint, Michigan. A few days before this first J.M.V. Society was organized, Elder Luther Warren, then a lad in his teens, and his friend Harry Fenner were talking earnestly as they walked along a country road. They conceived the idea of having a boys’ society; and before parting they climbed over a rail fence, went to a corner in the field where the bushes were thick, and told the Lord about their plans. Of this society Elder Warren says:

“There were only about six or eight of us at the first meeting, and we were some- what diffident and backward in trying to carrj’ on religious exercises together; but we tried to do things according to our ideas of order. We elected officers—a president and a secretary-treasurer. The meeting was opened with prayer and song, and we en- deavored to conform to parliamentary rules in the transaction of business.

“At our weekly meetings the work done was reported—papers and tracts given away, missionary letters written and received, and other work of like character. A temperance pledge against the use of alcohol, tobacco, tea, coffee, and pork -was drawn up and signed. Our collections were used to buy literature, except the small amount needed for record books and running expenses.

“A short time later someone suggested that a number of the girls desired to join us in our work, and after some discussion it was decided to invite them to unite with us in our meetings and work. After this our plans were somewhat enlarged. We held prayer and social meetings, missionary meetings, and temperance meetings, with special programs.

“The boys’ meetings were held with none of the older folks present; but after the girls joined us, the meetings were held in the open family room and were usually attended by the adults of the family where the meeting was held.”—Missionary Volunteers and Their Work, p. 10.

The Church Officer Gazette, September, 1950, page 15

Missionary Volunteers And Their Work: Prepared For The Young People’s Missionary Volunteer Department of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists by MATILDA ERICKSON by Matilda Erickson (Hardcover – 1926)

Luther Warren and Harry Fenner

March 7, 2009


Harry Fenner and Luther Warren asked God’s blessing in organizing the youth for service.

Robert Ayres, artist

In 1879 a beginning was made by two boys of Hazelton, Michigan. One was Harry Fenner, seventeen, and the other was four-teen-year-old Luther Warren, who later became an evangelist. They were troubled about the needs of the young people of their church, and developed the idea of having a boys’ society. They walked down a country road one day, talking earnestly about their young friends. Before parting, the two boys went to a secluded corner in a field and prayed about their plans. Thus was born the first Seventh-day Adventist young people’s society on record. It consisted of five or six boys, and the meetings were held in the home of one of the members. They elected a president and a secretary-treasurer. The activities emphasized were missionary work and the improvement of personal conduct, especially healthful living. Later the girls of the church desired to join the boys in their work, and after some discussion they were invited to do so. Other societies of young people soon sprang up in Nebraska, Iowa, Ohio, and Australia. Messages began coming from Ellen White urging the young people to organize for service.

The Story of Our Church (1956), page 458, A General Conference Education Department secondary school textbook.

Whiter Than Snow, 1880

February 17, 2009
WHEN a flippant unbeliever accosted an earnest
evangelical preacher with an objection to his ser-
mon, and said: “Sir, I don’t like your theology.
It is all blood, blood, BLOOD! It savors of the
shambles. I like a pleasanter gospel.” The am-
bassador of Christ replied: “True, my theology
is bloody. It recognizes as its foundation the
death of Christ, with the thorn-pierced brow,
bleeding hands and open side. I am quite con-
tent that it should be bloody; for God has said:
‘ Without shedding of blood,’ there is no remission
of sins; and, ‘The blood of Jesus Christ his Son
cleanseth us from all sin.’ “

“Scarlet” sins become “white as snow.” How?
“Not by works of righteousness which we have
done.” All the dyers on earth cannot dye a red
into white. And no human merit can avail or
cleanse one crimson spot of guilt away. “By the
washing of regeneration and renewing of the
Holy Ghost,” are we justified and sanctified,
“through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,
whom God had set forth to be a propitiation
through faith in his blood.”

Of the redeemed in glory we read, “they have
washed their robes and made them white in the
blood of the Lamb.” The livery in Heaven is
white. “Fine linen, clean and white,” “white
robes,” ” white horses;” ” a white cloud,” as the
seat of the Son of man; “a great white throne”
for the Judge; “a white stone ” for the accepted
saints, who “walk in white” with him who has
made them ” worthy.” Verily, we must wear our
“white raiment” here, if we would enter there.
” They are without fault before the throne of
God.” And ” Christ also loved the Church and
gave himself for it, that he might sanctify and
cleanse it—that he might present it to himself a
glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle, or
any such thing.”

To the Fountain opened for sin and uncleanness
let us daily draw near, and take with us the
words of “the snow-prayer.” As said a happy
little girl who came in one morning to her Chris-
tian mother’s knee, after a bright race in the crisp,
freshly-fallen snow, “Mamma, I could not help
pausing while I was at play, to pray the snow-
prayer.” “What did you pray, my dear? ” asked
the interested mother. The dear child replied,
“Mamma, I said to Jesus, ‘Wash me, and I shall
be whiter than snow.”

 “Helpless and foul as the trampled snow,
Sinner, despair not, Christ stoopeth low,
To rescue the soul that was lost in sin,
And raise it to life and enjoyment again;
Groaning, bleeding, dying for thee,
The Crucified hung on the accursed tree;
His accents of mercy fell soft on thine ear—
Is there mercy for me? will he heed my prayer?
O God, in the stream that for sinners doth flow,
Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.”


 The Signs of the Times, February 19, 1880 (a DjVu file)
Pacific Press Publishing Association, Oakland, Ca.
(James White, J.N. Andrews, and Uriah Smith cited as the editors)

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