Letters and Manuscripts — Volume 21 (1906)


Lt 210, 1906

Reaser, G. W.

“Elmshaven,” St. Helena, California

June 29, 1906

Previously unpublished.

Elder G. W. Reaser:

Elder C. L. Taylor came to see me immediately after returning to California from Battle Creek, and he read to me some statements that he had made to Elder Jones and Dr. Kellogg before leaving the Battle Creek Sanitarium. While here, he prepared further statements concerning his experience, and these were apparently candid presentations. I had no desire to criticize him. 21LtMs, Lt 210, 1906, par. 1

It was suggested that Elder Taylor might unite with Elder S. N. Haskell and Sister Haskell and their company of workers. I thought this would be a wise move. There, he would have the very best society, as he would be associated with those who have the spirit of the message and who are solid in the truth. 21LtMs, Lt 210, 1906, par. 2

But Elder Taylor has no means; and if he were to unite with Elder Haskell, he would have to be helped financially. If he writes to you, be sure to encourage him. Could not you advance sufficient to pay his traveling expenses to San Bernardino? We want his soul saved. Elder Haskell has written to me concerning his willing for Elder Taylor to come, and I have communicated with Elder Taylor regarding Elder Haskell’s response to my letter. 21LtMs, Lt 210, 1906, par. 3

I can write you but a few lines; for I am nearly exhausted with writing out instruction to meet the situation that is constantly before us in Battle Creek. But I think we need not fear any unfortunate results through encouraging Elder Taylor to go to San Bernardino and take up work with the laborers there. Elder Haskell needs help just now, and there is no other place where I should prefer to have Elder Taylor engage in labor. Will you not encourage this plan, and place no impediments in Elder Taylor’s way? 21LtMs, Lt 210, 1906, par. 4

We must work wisely for souls. While there are so many in Battle Creek who will watch for the souls that are imperilled, that they may inoculate them with their false theories, we must watch for souls and save every laborer who tries to draw near us. I have no fears in trusting Elder Taylor with the influences he would meet at the Bible Training School at San Bernardino. Elder Haskell now calls for this man; for he is in great need of help, and must have help. The effort that Elder Haskell is making in the place where he is laboring, is accomplishing much good, but he is working too hard. 21LtMs, Lt 210, 1906, par. 5

Consider this matter carefully, my brother, and plan wisely. 21LtMs, Lt 210, 1906, par. 6