Letters and Manuscripts — Volume 22 (1907)


Lt 98, 1907

Haskell, Brother and Sister

St. Helena, California

March 15, 1907

Portions of this letter are published in 3BC 1134.

Dear Brother and Sister Haskell:

I had hoped to see you again before you leave California, but this week I have been sick and have not dared to leave my home. 22LtMs, Lt 98, 1907, par. 1

I have been writing on the subjects of Old Testament history. I have now nearly completed the book of Ezra. It has been a very interesting task to sketch the history of this remarkable man. The Lord raised up Ezra to be His servant. He moved upon the heart of the king, so that Ezra found favor with him. The king placed in his hands abundant means for the rebuilding of the temple and made it possible for the Jews to return, who for seventy years had been in captivity in Babylon. In thus giving to His people another opportunity to serve God in their own country, the Lord shows His forbearance with His wayward children. 22LtMs, Lt 98, 1907, par. 2

Elder Cottrell was here yesterday, and we had a quiet talk together. 22LtMs, Lt 98, 1907, par. 3

All parts of the Southern California need especial help, and we think that Riverside and Redlands should have a share in the help of our laborers. I am sorry that you are to leave when it seems that the work could be most favorably carried on in this part of the state. I trust that the work will be carried forward in right lines, and according to the Lord’s appointment. I am not discouraged, and I pray that the Lord will direct us in the right way. 22LtMs, Lt 98, 1907, par. 4

We have had much rainy weather, but it has not been cold until the past few days. 22LtMs, Lt 98, 1907, par. 5

Write to me again as to how you find matters in Southern California. I wish there were no need for you to go to the eastern states; but let the Lord direct your ways. 22LtMs, Lt 98, 1907, par. 6

I have written in much haste. With love to you, my fellow laborers. 22LtMs, Lt 98, 1907, par. 7