Letters and Manuscripts — Volume 1 (1844 - 1868)


Lt 3, 1857

Smith, Uriah and Harriet

Battle Creek, Michigan

October 8, 1857

This letter is published in entirety in PH016 28-30. See also Annotations.

Dear Brother Uriah and Sister Harriet,

While at Monterey I was shown that all did not realize the importance of the work in the office. It was repeated to me what has been so often shown, that there must be a drawing near to God, a consecration to Him, that there has not been. I saw that you should not let your interest for each other in the least draw you from the work of God. That holy, sacred work to you both should be the first, and greatest and more dear than anything else besides, and your interest and care should not be for each other, nor in the least interfere with your work in the office. There is danger of this and it has been somewhat so now,—wrapped up too much in each other, and the glory of God not in view as it should have been. 1LtMs, Lt 3, 1857, par. 1

I saw that you could have the salvation of God if you seek earnestly enough for it. I did not see that God was displeased with your marriage. By consecrating all to God, seeking the Spirit and power of God, your united efforts could better glorify God than you could separately; but there is danger of your living to each other, and if there is not an entire interest and entire care for the paper the Lord will remove you and have some one that their whole interest is swallowed up in the work. 1LtMs, Lt 3, 1857, par. 2

God wants that the only paper in the land bearing His solemn truth should come out right. A lack of the Spirit of God, or interest, is felt in the paper. If the salvation of God is with the one that writes for the paper, the same spirit will be felt by the reader. 1LtMs, Lt 3, 1857, par. 3

A piece written in the Spirit of God, angels approbate and impresses the same upon the reader. But a piece written when the writer is not living wholly for the glory of God, not wholly devoted to Him, angels feel the lack in sadness. They turn away and do not impress the reader with it because God and His Spirit are not in it. The words are good, but it lacks the warm influence of the Spirit of God. 1LtMs, Lt 3, 1857, par. 4

I saw that there must not be a shunning of burdens. You must reprove wrong when you see it,—those in the office. 1LtMs, Lt 3, 1857, par. 5

I saw you were feeling discouraged, Uriah. I saw that you should overcome when you are discouraged. You can do nothing aright. With energy and courage, take hold of the salvation of God. You can have His assisting grace, but you must wrestle for it. 1LtMs, Lt 3, 1857, par. 6

I saw that there was a feeling among the hands of the office [that was] too selfish. There must be a sacrificing spirit with every one. Their interest must be [in] the paper, that everything be just right about it, that there be no errors about it. I saw God was not pleased with the hands in the office. They are not enjoying the salvation of God and they have but a faint realizing sense of the time in which we live and what God requires of them. 1LtMs, Lt 3, 1857, par. 7

I saw that there should be a willingness to suffer some loss of time if their help is needed to hasten off the paper, in any little aid they can render; but their feeling has been, they cannot leave their particular part of the work. There must be a spirit of consecration and self-denial in the office, and the greatest lack is the Spirit of God or salvation. There must be a change in that office, a reformation, then the blessings of God will rest upon those in the office. A care, I saw, should rest with weight upon every one, especially yourself that the paper be free from error or mistakes. God is displeased with His work being marred with so much imperfection. 1LtMs, Lt 3, 1857, par. 8