Letters and Manuscripts — Volume 4 (1883 - 1886)


Lt 41, 1886

Sharp, Brother

Basel, Switzerland

April 7, 1886

Portions of this letter are published in TSB 203.

Dear Brother Sharp:

I have this morning received and read your letter, and if I do not answer at once I fear it will pass from my mind. I am happy to say that we are enjoying good health and beautiful weather. Every thing is looking so green and lovely that we are sure winter is passed and spring has come. 4LtMs, Lt 41, 1886, par. 1

In regard to your changing your location, I would mention to you England. There is a large field and but few workers, plenty of work to be done in which all may act a part, all of your family if they desire to give themselves to the Lord and act a part in His cause. You will find room enough to work, and if you go forth to labor in meekness and humility, redeeming the past errors of your life, God will accept you. There is need of laborers in England, and the advantage of that country over other parts of Europe is that our American brethren do not have to work through an interpreter. There is great need in Denmark, Sweden, and Norway of experienced workers in their own language. France, Switzerland, Germany, India, and Russia need workers in their own tongue. Calls come to us from all these countries, begging for helpers and ministers to teach them the truth more perfectly as they have accepted it through reading. They want missions established in Russia, but where are the men? Lord, raise up laborers is my prayer. 4LtMs, Lt 41, 1886, par. 2

Should you come to England, you will certainly find work enough to do, and God is merciful; He pities our weakness, He forgives our transgressions; and if we will only live humble and penitent, if we will cease from evil and do well, the Lord will approve. May the Lord teach you and work for you. I wish that there were many more men who would give themselves to the missionary work in England. That kingdom has but few workers. We want missionaries whom God can work with and bless. We want men who will feel the burden of souls, men who will work as Christ worked, zealously, disinterestedly, to save sinners and enlighten those in darkness. 4LtMs, Lt 41, 1886, par. 3

I write this short letter to you, thinking it is as well as more that might be written. Your sister in Christ. 4LtMs, Lt 41, 1886, par. 4