Letters and Manuscripts — Volume 12 (1897)


Lt 160, 1897

Haskell, Brother and Sister


December 1897

Previously unpublished.

Dear Brother and Sister Haskell:

Mail brings me a letter from Brother Baker. He has just come around to offer me a room in his house, and I do not feel at present to accept it. He says you have secured a home close by his home. I would gladly have accepted the offer of a room when we were needing one so much, but the room they had was reserved for Elder Daniells and wife, and I should not now feel free to accept a room. I cannot help but consider I was not wanted and therefore I shall not consider I am wanted now. I have nothing against either Brother or Sister Baker, but I will not trouble anyone with my presence unless I know it to be the best thing to do. 12LtMs, Lt 160, 1897, par. 1

You may consider my letter, which the girls are now copying, strikes a rather singular note, but it is needed. I want all to bear in mind that the workman is worthy of his hire, and if any question this, read James 5:4. God forbid that any who labor for their [own] wages shall be so urgent to preach faith, to educate in faith and trust in God those whom they would have labor in uncertainty [regarding their wages]. Every one who labors should have a set sum for their labors. They will work just as interestedly and receive just as profitable an experience. I propose that we do some home missionary work on these very lines, for God is no respecter of persons. 12LtMs, Lt 160, 1897, par. 2

I am still quite weak, but steadily improving. I have not yet made up my mind to go to Melbourne. I think I might accomplish just as much good here in New South Wales and perhaps more than to go to Sydney. You have so much help I am not needed; but when our brethren shall leave for Melbourne, if my strength improves, I will come to Sydney, if you think it best. If not, I shall be glad to remain where I am and rest. 12LtMs, Lt 160, 1897, par. 3

I have had precious seasons of communion with God. I long to see our people venturing in one line of work after another by living faith worked by the Holy Spirit of God. I pray for this; I long for this more than the weary soul longeth for the morning. Let us cultivate faith, living, active faith. 12LtMs, Lt 160, 1897, par. 4

I did hope to receive a line from you today, but I suppose you have all that you can attend to. I have been quite ill, but I thank the Lord I am able to attend to a few things. 12LtMs, Lt 160, 1897, par. 5

With much love. 12LtMs, Lt 160, 1897, par. 6