Letters and Manuscripts — Volume 19 (1904)


Lt 67, 1904

White, Mabel

“Elmshaven,” St. Helena, California

February 6, 1904

Portions of this letter are published in 3MR 133.

My beloved granddaughter Mabel,—

I should be pleased to have you express yourself freely to me, and if I can write you anything that will be a help to you, I shall be so glad. 19LtMs, Lt 67, 1904, par. 1

I can write you only a short letter. I have written very little since your father left. I have been so brain-weary that at times I staggered as I walked. For a while I slept only a little each night. I am now improving, though somewhat slowly. I cannot do much yet. 19LtMs, Lt 67, 1904, par. 2

Please write me a few lines and tell me how you are getting on with your studies. Tell me anything that it would relieve your mind to write. I most earnestly desire that you shall have a constantly increasing experience in the things of God. Christ is your Helper. He loves you, and He will bless you if you will make Him your trust. He gave His life for you. You belong to Him, body, soul, and spirit. “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.” [1 Corinthians 6:19, 20.] 19LtMs, Lt 67, 1904, par. 3

Be of good courage in the Lord. The power of heavenly agencies is promised to those who try to be what the Lord expects them to be. Temptations will come. Go to the Lord for strength to resist them. Seek Him in humility. Learn to take everything to Him in prayer. Believe that He helps you. Express your gratitude by words of thanksgiving. Do not look on the dark side, but believe God’s promises, and walk by faith. Every day you are to be an overcomer. 19LtMs, Lt 67, 1904, par. 4

My dear child, keep your mind stayed upon your Saviour, whose property you are. Tell Him all about your trials, and arm yourself with His promises. Commit His words to memory. Let these words be your motto: “This one thing I do, forgetting those things that are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark of the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” [Philippians 3:13, 14.] 19LtMs, Lt 67, 1904, par. 5

Let everyone see in you an example of consistency. Cherish unwavering faith and trust in Christ as your teacher, and be willing to be taught. 19LtMs, Lt 67, 1904, par. 6

It is now bedtime, and I must close this letter. 19LtMs, Lt 67, 1904, par. 7

In love, 19LtMs, Lt 67, 1904, par. 8