Letters and Manuscripts — Volume 14

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Ms 99, 1899

Talk/Concerning the Opening of the Health Retreat

NP

July 20, 1899

Portions of this manuscript are published in 11MR 158-159.

I want to say that I am very thankful that the movement to erect a health retreat here has been made. My heart has been deeply pained as I have seen parents here who did not know what to do when their children were sick. It hurt my soul to see that these parents were not intelligent in regard to these things. 14LtMs, Ms 99, 1899, par. 1

This institution is to be a place where an education will be given in right principles of health reform, so that those who receive help in it will go forth with an understanding of how to take care of themselves, and thus prevent sickness, and also how to treat sickness if it shall come upon them. They should be taught by example how to take care of themselves in regard to diet. Men and women need an intelligent knowledge of how to care for the sick wherever they are, and how to give rest from suffering. 14LtMs, Ms 99, 1899, par. 2

We have felt the burden of these things as we have seen little children sitting on the wet ground, after it had been raining as much as it has lately. The next thing we heard was that they had influenza. Why are they not intelligent in regard to these things? They need instruction, and we have felt the necessity of just such a building as is being erected here. In talking with Elder Daniells, I told him I wished we could have such a building, furnished with proper facilities for treating patients. But where were we to get the means? 14LtMs, Ms 99, 1899, par. 3

In the night season I was looking at a building. “What is it?” I asked. “The building in which you shall take care of the sick and suffering.” “But,” I said, “I did not know that we had such a building.” “No,” was the answer, “but you must have it.” This building was very nearly as presented before us in the building now being erected here. 14LtMs, Ms 99, 1899, par. 4

When we were talking about this building, it was said that we must make it straight with the road, though this would cut off some of the sunshine. I said, “I shall not consent to this. The building must be so placed that it will get all the sunshine possible, not only in the sleeping rooms, but in the rooms where the patients sit. The sun is God’s doctor, which brings health and strength, purifying and giving color to the blood, and we must have it.” It was objected that the building would be askew with the road. “Askew let it be,” I said; “that building must be where it will get the sunshine, in whatever position it is.” The building is just right as it now is. It will get the sunshine, and I am well pleased with it. 14LtMs, Ms 99, 1899, par. 5

When in the night season the building was standing before me, I said, “We have no money; how can we put up such a building?” I was asked, “Where are you going to put your worried, worn-out ministers? Are you going to let them go wherever they can find a chance?” I said, “We are going to take care of them.” The answer was, “You need a building fully as large as this in which to take care of them, and you need another building in which the very sick can be accommodated.” This is the work that must be done, but we must move carefully, so that we shall not incur a heavy debt. 14LtMs, Ms 99, 1899, par. 6

I never have seen such carelessness in regard to the health as I have seen in this community. We need to educate, educate, educate. If human beings are worth all that has been paid for them, should they not be uplifted? For us the Majesty of heaven, the King of glory, laid aside His royal robe and kingly crown, and clothed His divinity with humanity. This He did that humanity might touch humanity and divinity lay hold of divinity. Thus the help that the sick and suffering need [may] be brought to them. As we follow Christ in doing this work, we shall awaken an interest in the God we love and serve. We shall find that this is the way to save soul and body. Medical missionary work is the entering wedge to the work of saving souls. 14LtMs, Ms 99, 1899, par. 7

You will remember the poor paralytic who was brought to Christ. This man had heard that the Saviour was healing the sick, but he did not know how to get to Him. His friends decided to take him to Christ, but when they reached the house where He was teaching, it was so crowded that they could not get in. Christ saw them bringing that man to Him. He saw them leaving their home, and His heart went with them at every step. 14LtMs, Ms 99, 1899, par. 8

As the sick man’s friends stood round the house where Christ was speaking, unable to get in, some one suggested that they take off part of the roof, and let him down at Christ’s feet. The priests had told this man that his sins were the cause of his sickness, and they could give him no hope that there was any way in which he could be saved from sin. With this burden of sin upon him, the paralytic was let down before Christ. The Saviour knew just where to commence His work for the sufferer. He knew that he was longing for help, and He said, “Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.” [Mark 2:5.] Hope sprang up in the man’s heart. But the wrath of the priests was roused, and they said, “Who can forgive sins, but God alone?” [Luke 5:21.] 14LtMs, Ms 99, 1899, par. 9

“When Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answering said unto them, What reason ye in your hearts? Whether is easier to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he said unto the sick of the palsy) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house. And immediately he rose up before them, and took up that whereon he lay, and departed to his own house, glorifying God. And they were all amazed, and they glorified God, and were filled with fear, saying, We have seen strange things today.” [Verses 22-26.] 14LtMs, Ms 99, 1899, par. 10

I am glad we have a health retreat here. It is not ready for use yet, but it soon will be. We are going to move out by faith. We have already moved out by faith in putting this building on the ground. God knows all about it. I would ask you all, instead of investing your means in something you can do without, help us in furnishing our health retreat. We desire that everyone shall become interested in this institution, where an education is to be given in the science of healing. Every student in the school is to understand that he is to be economical in everything, in dress, in time, that he may have something to divide with the suffering poor. If those to whom the Lord has entrusted means use their money to glorify themselves instead of helping suffering humanity, they dishonor their Maker. God has entrusted men with His goods, His capital, and they are to use this capital aright. 14LtMs, Ms 99, 1899, par. 11

This institution is to be a blessing to the afflicted and suffering. There are souls to be saved. Christ left His home in glory in order to do this work. He came as a man. Unless He had come thus, He could not have reached the suffering ones. Satan had the field, and he was doing all he could to keep men and women in affliction. 14LtMs, Ms 99, 1899, par. 12

Christ is touched with the feelings of our infirmities. Why was He poor? Why did He not come with splendor and power? Because He wanted to bring to every human being the test that all must bear. Humanity must be touched with the sufferings of humanity, that men and women might learn how to show tenderness, kindness, and pity, and thus character be developed in humanity. In this way they were to be fitted to be missionaries. This is the work that is to be done everywhere. 14LtMs, Ms 99, 1899, par. 13

God declares that in the last day there will be only two parties, one on the right hand and one on the left. To those on the left hand He says, “I was an hungered, and ye gave me no meat; I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in; naked, and ye clothed me not; sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.” [Matthew 25:42, 43.] They have no part with Him, for they know nothing about Him. They could not enjoy life in His kingdom, and He says to them, “Depart from me.” [Verse 41.] 14LtMs, Ms 99, 1899, par. 14

They are surprised. They did not think that they had done anything particularly wrong. “Lord, when saw we thee an hungered,” they ask, “or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?” Christ answers, “Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these ye did it not to me.” [Verses 44, 45.] 14LtMs, Ms 99, 1899, par. 15

To those on the right hand Christ says, “Come ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink; I was a stranger, and ye took me in; naked, and ye clothed me; I was sick, and ye visited me; I was in prison, and ye came unto me.” [Verses 34-36.] 14LtMs, Ms 99, 1899, par. 16

These also are surprised. They did not think that they had done anything worthy of commendation. “Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, and fed thee?” they ask, “or thirsty, and gave thee drink? when saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? Then the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” [Verses 37-40.] 14LtMs, Ms 99, 1899, par. 17

They are co-workers with Christ. They believed and lived the words, Ye are not your own; for ye are bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s. This responsibility rests upon every one of us. The students in this school are daily to strive to form characters for the future immortal life. God is testing us, to see whether we will prove ourselves worthy to enter in through the gates into the city. Why are we here? It seems strange to everybody that we should be located in the woods. But we do not want our students to be near the city. 14LtMs, Ms 99, 1899, par. 18

We know that even though we bring them into the country, we cannot escape from all evil. We have a public house here, and not long ago a man left this public house drunk. As he was crossing a bridge, he fell from his horse and was killed. But in the country the youth are away from the sights and the sounds of the city. We desire to take the students away from the foul atmosphere of the city. Not that Satan is not here. He is here, but we are trying to do all we can to place the students in the very best circumstances in order that they may fasten their eyes on Christ. In the country they are not near the temptation of horse racing and cricket matches. 14LtMs, Ms 99, 1899, par. 19

Once in Sydney I saw a great multitude on one of the streets. Hundreds and hundreds, and I might say thousands, were gathered together. “What is the matter?” I asked. “It is because of the cricket match,” was the answer. And while men were playing the game of cricket, and others were watching the game, Satan was playing the game of life for their souls. Therefore we decided to locate our school where the students would not see cricket matches or horse races. We are just where God wants us to be, and many conversions have been made right in this school. Did the teachers make these conversions? No indeed; it was the One who gave His life to redeem us, the One who suffered and died that He might make it possible for all to be saved. Men cannot wash away one stain of sin. 14LtMs, Ms 99, 1899, par. 20

The work of education must begin in the home. It must be carried on in the schoolroom. Parents and teacher must unite in doing all they can in order to place the youth on firm ground. Children have hereditary tendencies to wrong which must be overcome. 14LtMs, Ms 99, 1899, par. 21

Christ came to restore the moral image of God in man, and if parents and teachers will do all in their power, with prayer, working to bring their children into a right position, God will bless them. 14LtMs, Ms 99, 1899, par. 22

Missionary work is to be done on this ground, for this is missionary soil. Efforts are to be made to save body and soul. In order that the soul may be saved, attention must be given to the sufferings of the body. 14LtMs, Ms 99, 1899, par. 23

In the Word of God is found the education of God. This Word tells what Christ will do in behalf of everyone who will co-operate with Him. This Book should be our lesson book, for it contains the higher education. Christ prayed, “This is life eternal, that they might know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent.” [John 17:3.] Do we not all wish to know how to gain life eternal? It is gained by knowing God and Jesus Christ. We are to make our teaching in regard to this as plain and clear as possible, and then students will fall in love with it. 14LtMs, Ms 99, 1899, par. 24

This morning I was reading the nineteenth psalm and the psalms following, and I thought, What beautiful lessons these psalms teach. “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament showeth his handiwork.” [Psalm 19:1.] What is the matter with us? We have lost sight of God. The world has lost the knowledge of God. Our work is to bring the knowledge within the reach of all we possibly can. Our message is, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” [John 1:29.] 14LtMs, Ms 99, 1899, par. 25

Some parents, because their children say, I am tired of the Bible, try in every way to manage so that they will not have so much Bible. I say, Give children and youth the Bible as their study book. God will work with children and youth who give themselves to Him. Samuel was educated for the Lord in his youth, and God passed by the hoary-headed Eli and conversed with the child Samuel. 14LtMs, Ms 99, 1899, par. 26

The history of Joseph and Daniel contain lessons which all should learn. How full their lives are of patience, of noble, sanctified independence. What better instruction than this could be given to the youth? How was it with Daniel? God gave him knowledge and understanding in all visions and dreams. He strengthened Daniel’s mind, increasing his power and ability, and the record states that when, with other youth, he and his companions were brought before the king of Babylon, they were found ten times better than any of the wise men throughout the realm of Babylon. 14LtMs, Ms 99, 1899, par. 27

Let us place ourselves where we may gain the very best knowledge in regard to our accountability to God and to the souls for whom we must give an account. As we help these souls to reach a higher standard, God will help us. “Dare to be a Daniel, dare to stand alone, dare to have a purpose firm, and dare to make it known.” This is what the youth should be taught to do. We need to catch the inspiration of God’s Spirit, and then work with all the power He has given us to co-operate with Him in restoring the moral image of God in man. When we have done this, we shall feel indeed that we have not lived in vain. 14LtMs, Ms 99, 1899, par. 28

May God let His blessing rest upon every one here today. Let us come to Him in sincerity and sit at His feet. Let us seek to learn of Him, for He says, “I am meek and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” [Matthew 11:29.] May God’s blessing rest upon us. May the heavenly current of health and life and love flow into our hearts, and then flow forth to those who need it most. 14LtMs, Ms 99, 1899, par. 29