Letters and Manuscripts — Volume 16 (1901)


Lt 158, 1901

Haskell, Brother and Sister

“Elmshaven,” St. Helena, California

October 31, 1901

Portions of this letter are published in 6MR 237-239. +Note

Dear brother and sister Haskell,—

I am troubled in mind. Last night matters were urged upon me that have made me afraid that we may fail to recognize that Brother Franke has talents which are needed in our cities. I feel afraid that we have not encouraged him as we should. We do not all have the same gifts. 16LtMs, Lt 158, 1901, par. 1

Someone asked you the question, “Elder Haskell, why do you not harmonize with Elder Franke, and let him do the work you cannot do, while you do the work God has given you to do, and at the same time try to help Elder Franke to come into closer touch with the work?” 16LtMs, Lt 158, 1901, par. 2

Again a question was addressed to you, “Elder Haskell, have you not said to Elder Franke that you would as soon labor with him as with anyone? Have you attempted it?” 16LtMs, Lt 158, 1901, par. 3

Elder Franke needs to be helped in the right way. There is no need of your getting in each other’s way, even though you both labor in New York City. It is not necessary for Elder Franke to interfere with your line of work. Is there not abundance to do in that great, wicked city? 16LtMs, Lt 158, 1901, par. 4

Elder Franke has talents that may be used to advantage. The Lord has pity upon him. He has his work to do; he has a message to bear to the people. He can reach a class you cannot reach, and you can reach a class he cannot reach. The 16LtMs, Lt 158, 1901, par. 5

Lord has room for all the workers who will give the last message of mercy with startling fervency to a world dead in trespasses and sins. 16LtMs, Lt 158, 1901, par. 6

The word was spoken regarding Elder Franke, “Forbid him not. I have given him a work to do. Varied gifts must be brought into exercise to break the terrible spell that is upon the people.” 16LtMs, Lt 158, 1901, par. 7

It is a misfortune that Elder Franke has a drawback <in his family>, but no one is to discard his work on this account. He is to be helped to give to the world the light that God has given him. If there were many more who would cry aloud and spare not in our great cities, there would be souls saved who otherwise would never be reached. 16LtMs, Lt 158, 1901, par. 8

Place no stumbling blocks in the way of the Lord’s messengers. Help them to do their work, which is not your work. You are carrying on your work as God would have you carry it on. <Much of> the work that has been done in New York has not been <carried wisely> in the order of God. The Lord has <been> reproached for this, and Elder Franke is, <[in] some things,> greatly improved. Then recognize this improvement, and help him; for he needs your counsel and friendship. His work is to bring from the quarry of the world, by the mighty Cleaver of truth, the rough stones to be hewed and squared with axe and hammer. Some will bear the process of fitting up, and some will not. And so will it be in every effort that is put forth. 16LtMs, Lt 158, 1901, par. 9

New York has been Elder Franke’s field of labor. His voice has been heard, and some have been aroused and converted. <When brought in church capacity> they needed an education they did not receive <from Elder Franke>. But in the efforts made in the large cities every kind of talent must be used that the Lord has appointed in His providence. Marvellous things will be seen as this work is done, for the churches are dead in trespasses and sins. 16LtMs, Lt 158, 1901, par. 10

Forbid them not, saith the Lord. They hear My message, and if they will heed My cautions and warnings they will not be led into Satan’s snare, <but will harmonize>. Truth for this time is to make for itself a place. A decided message of warning must be borne, for before the Lord strikes, He will warn the church and the world. New York City is to be warned. And the rich men, those called men of power, will hear the last message of mercy. I can write no more now. [My] head is tired, and it is mail time. 16LtMs, Lt 158, 1901, par. 11