Letters and Manuscripts — Volume 21 (1906)


Lt 340, 1906

Washburn, J. S.

St. Helena, California

October 17, 1906

Previously unpublished.

Dear Brother Washburn:

I cannot sleep after half-past two A.M. I have received and read your letter, which speaks of money that you could obtain for me without interest. Then you say that you need money so much for the work in the South, and that if you could have this money to use, it would be a great blessing to you. My brother, if the sister will consent to let you have this money to use, I have no objections. Certainly I would not deprive you of the benefit it would be to you. The one who has this money to led will arrange the matter to suit herself. You can make the necessary arrangements with her, and I shall be free from all responsibility. 21LtMs, Lt 340, 1906, par. 1

I want to do all I possibly can for the work in the South. I should be glad to favor the southern field even more than I have done. 21LtMs, Lt 340, 1906, par. 2

My circumstances just now are such that it would be a great advantage to me to obtain money without interest. The fire at Mountain View means a loss to me of not less than three thousand dollars, and perhaps more. For this loss I do not expect to receive any remuneration. 21LtMs, Lt 340, 1906, par. 3

I have a deep interest in the work in the South, and always shall have. I also have a decided interest in the work in Southern California. The sanitarium at Loma Linda must be provided with treatment rooms that will properly represent the work and compare favorably with the other buildings. But my financial circumstances are such that I cannot help in this work as I should be glad to. 21LtMs, Lt 340, 1906, par. 4

I leave all these things with the Lord. I will not be selfish. I would rather not make decisions; and as the case stands, I shall leave you and the sister who has the money to lend to settle the matter. I shall feel better in doing this, since you need the money to use in the South. I shall not worry, nor feel displeased to have you take the money. I understand that it has been decided to raise fifty thousand dollars for the work in the southern field, and for this I am very thankful. 21LtMs, Lt 340, 1906, par. 5

I am of good courage in the Lord. I am very anxious that all our people shall experience an increase of devotion and zeal. I pray that they may seek the Lord more earnestly for His rich grace. The Lord lives, and He will bless all who seek Him with the whole heart. We need a living, active faith. We must have power from God if we stand the test in these trying times. May the Lord help us every one. We cannot do anything unless God’s blessing is with us. 21LtMs, Lt 340, 1906, par. 6

Your sister in Christ. 21LtMs, Lt 340, 1906, par. 7