Letters and Manuscripts — Volume 2 (1869 - 1875)


Lt 1a, 1873


Santa Rosa, California

January 2, 1873

Previously unpublished.

My Dear Children:

All who trust in Christ are safe. Christ became victorious conqueror of the enemy [so] that when we are pressed hard and ready to perish, if we earnestly call upon our Conqueror for help, He will be present to aid us, to put His everlasting Conqueror’s arm beneath us, and raise up for us a standard against Satan. Do not be content to go on from day to day without any special evidences of the love of God. You should pray much, for this is the only way to obtain strength. 2LtMs, Lt 1a, 1873, par. 1

Christ is our shield and hope. Although heaven and earth may pass away, His Word will never fail. Never will there be found written in the book of records, against any name that trusted in Him, “lost,” “missing.” When the battle of life is over and the book of records is read before the throne of God, to every name a ransomed soul shall reply, “Here am I, saved by Thy blood, victorious by Thy might, for Thou hast overcome for us and achieved for us immortal victory. I bring all my glory awarded to me to brighten Thy crown.” 2LtMs, Lt 1a, 1873, par. 2

No one ever sought true riches of hope, faith, and peace with God and found that he had labored for naught. All who seek for the one pearl of great price are sure to find it. 2LtMs, Lt 1a, 1873, par. 3

I hope John, Edson, and Willie will come forth from their studies more earnest, practical Christians than when they entered upon them. God will be your helper, young men, if you trust Him. We do pray for you and will continue to pray. 2LtMs, Lt 1a, 1873, par. 4

In love to all, Brother Kellogg, John, Edson, and Willie. 2LtMs, Lt 1a, 1873, par. 5

Your mother. 2LtMs, Lt 1a, 1873, par. 6