Letters and Manuscripts — Volume 1 (1844 - 1868)


Lt 19, 1861

Lyon, Mary

Battle Creek, Michigan

October 13, 1861

Portions of this letter are published in UL 300; TDG 295.

Dear Sister Mary [Lyon]:

While I have been writing out what has been shown me in vision while at Roosevelt in regard to individual cases, your case has come in order, and I will try to write you how you were presented before me. 1LtMs, Lt 19, 1861, par. 1

I was shown that you are not standing in the light and favor of God, but are too mixed up with the world; that your love for your Sabbathkeeping brethren and sisters in Battle Creek is growing cold. You are separated in your feelings from them. You do not enjoy the belief of the truth as you have done. I saw that the great cause of this is that your own will is separating you from those who would be your true friends. The opposition you have received from your relatives has made it necessary for you to stand very firm, advocate your own cause, and be very unyielding. Continual complaining and faultfinding from those closely connected with you, who should try to make you happy, have had an effect to cause you to brace yourself and whatever position you are in, when counseled or advised, act to justify your own course and not yield to the judgment of others. 1LtMs, Lt 19, 1861, par. 2

The enemy is taking advantage of the independence of mind you have been obliged to have to maintain your position on present truth, and is causing this to separate you from His people. Your influence of late has not been in union with the Spirit and work of God, and you are not going forward but backward. The opinions of unbelievers are having too great an influence upon your mind. God is bringing up His people and proving them. We will be tried in every way until all the dross and tin are purged from us, and nothing but the pure gold remains. There is a work to be accomplished for you. You must possess deep humility of soul and war against self and an unyielding will or you will certainly be ensnared by the enemy. 1LtMs, Lt 19, 1861, par. 3

Some who love to hear and tell some new thing have grieved you, have injured you, and you have in your mind censured those who did not deserve censure and been suspicious of those whom you could safely trust. When you take the position you should, then your heart will be strongly knit with your brethren and sisters, and their hearts will be knit with yours; but you have been weaning yourself from your brethren and the cause exists in yourself. You are not willing to be led and instructed. Darkness and clouds are gathering over you. Satan desires you that he may sift you as wheat. He is anxiously watching for your downfall that he may exult over you. 1LtMs, Lt 19, 1861, par. 4

God calls His church to be more separate from the world in their dress than you have thought. God is constantly instructing His people to flee from pride of appearance, from love of self, but you are working directly against the Spirit of God in this manner, hence you are walking in darkness and place yourself upon the battlefield of the enemy. 1LtMs, Lt 19, 1861, par. 5

I saw that God loves you. The Good Shepherd has tenderly cared for you and preserved you amid your afflictions and sufferings of mind; yet you must yield your will and judgment, and be willing to be taught. None, no not one, can go alone to heaven. God has a people whom He is leading, guiding, and instructing. They must be subject one to another. If one undertakes to go alone, independently, to heaven he will find he has chosen the wrong path that will not lead him to life. 1LtMs, Lt 19, 1861, par. 6

Dear Mary, I love you. I have tried to write this matter as it was presented to me. May you see it as it is, is my prayer, and make sure and thorough work for eternity. 1LtMs, Lt 19, 1861, par. 7

From your sister. 1LtMs, Lt 19, 1861, par. 8