Letters and Manuscripts — Volume 23 (1908)


Ms 119, 1908

Regarding the Work of Publication

St. Helena, California

May 6, 1908

Previously unpublished.

It has been misstated by some that my son W. C. White suggests to me what I shall write. It is true that in obedience to my instruction he carefully reads my writings and guards those expressions that might be misconstrued by the tempted; but he has no more to do with suggesting what I shall write when he is at home than when he is hundreds of miles away in the interests of the work. 23LtMs, Ms 119, 1908, par. 1

I am not called to such arduous missionary work as when I labored with my husband, but I travel much and speak before large congregations. And the Lord sustains me in this work. Whenever he can, W. C. White accompanies. But whether he is with me or not, I carry on my work of writing and speaking. Much of my writing is done in the quiet hours of the early morning, when others are sleeping. Then no human soul is by me; but the angels of God are present, and their presence is distinctly felt as clear ideas are given me regarding the truths of the Word. It is thus that my books have been written. Some of these are now before the world, and I am instructed to make every effort to get other works into the hands of the people, that through them the Spirit of God may make right impressions on human minds. 23LtMs, Ms 119, 1908, par. 2

The light God has given me is for the people, and not in any respect is it to be hindered from coming to them. It must not be treated as it has sometimes been in the past. The people of the world must have the light of present truth as presented in my books. I am instructed that there are times when we are not to withhold the books because we cannot get for them the price asked by the publishing houses. We are to do much more than we have done to circulate these books, that the light which they contain must come to the people. 23LtMs, Ms 119, 1908, par. 3

My books are to be placed in the hands of agents who realize their importance, and who will labor faithfully to increase their circulation. This work is not to be treated as it has at certain times in the past. To all kindreds, tongues, and peoples the light of truth is to shine. I shall certainly put forth an effort to have these books multiplied, for I have been shown that their instruction, received, will lead to the conversion of souls. 23LtMs, Ms 119, 1908, par. 4