Letters and Manuscripts — Volume 25 (1910 - 1915)


Lt 28, 1910

Daniells, A. G.; Prescott, W. W.

St. Helena, California

February 22, 1910

Portions of this letter are published in Ev 390; 10MR 362. +Note

Elders Daniells and Prescott

Dear Brethren:

I have read Elder Daniells’ letters regarding the meetings recently held in Battle Creek. I am very much pleased to learn that you have had a successful conference there and that so much interest has been manifested in the public services. 25LtMs, Lt 28, 1910, par. 1

It was presented to me while in Washington that Brother Prescott and others of our ministers may bear a precious testimony in favor of the truth of God’s Word in the unworked cities. As the messengers study the plain, simple truths of the Word, and receive these into their hearts, and then present them before the public congregation, the Lord will speak through them. Angels of God will be present to make right impressions. 25LtMs, Lt 28, 1910, par. 2

At some favorable time later on in the season, it would be well for our brethren to hold a camp-meeting near Battle Creek, to counterwork the influences that for years have been at work, making wrong impressions. It is due Battle Creek that the true evidence of Bible truth be given to counterwork the influence of Dr. Kellogg. The importance of this matter has been presented before me distinctly and repeatedly. 25LtMs, Lt 28, 1910, par. 3

I cannot express how thankful I am that during your meeting in Battle Creek the Spirit of God has been present to witness to the truths proclaimed, and that the trumpet has been given a certain sound. 25LtMs, Lt 28, 1910, par. 4

Light has been given through the testimonies that in places where false messages have been urged so strongly, it is due the people that everything possible be done to present in a clear light the truths of God’s Word, in order to counterwork the false presentations that have been made in regard to the doctrines we teach. 25LtMs, Lt 28, 1910, par. 5

Repeatedly, and in a variety of ways, false representations have been made in Battle Creek, calculated to undermine faith in genuine Bible truth. Pamphlets full of misrepresentations have been published, written by men who for years have been turning away from Bible truth, and these pamphlets have been widely circulated. But the third angel’s message is again to be proclaimed in Battle Creek in all its purity, that men may discern between truth and error. 25LtMs, Lt 28, 1910, par. 6

I thank God that public meetings have been held in the Battle Creek tabernacle, and that the trumpet has been given a certain sound. This is the very line of work that in the visions of the night I saw Elder Prescott engaged in, and in the manner described by Elder Daniells in his recent letter. I saw that as our brother would use his voice in proclaiming the message of present truth, he would be exercising his talents to the glory of God, and a deep impression would be made upon the minds of the people. The mind and the voice of the speaker combined will make right impressions on large assemblies. This is in harmony with the Lord’s plan. The presentation of important subjects before large congregations will result in the development of the talent of personal influence. 25LtMs, Lt 28, 1910, par. 7

Decided work should be done in the state of Maine. Portland is to be worked. During the years that have been passing, God’s people have neglected their duty toward Maine and many other states in the East. There are towns in Maine, like Brunswick and Bangor, that must be worked faithfully. All through the cities and towns of the East, the truth is to shine forth as a lamp that burneth. 25LtMs, Lt 28, 1910, par. 8

We have recently attended important meetings at Mountain View and at Lodi. I spoke four times in each of these places. In the Lodi church, the heat from the stoves in the room was somewhat oppressive at times, and this, with the foul air, affected me adversely; and although I was able to remain till the last day of the meeting, I have not recovered from the ill effects. 25LtMs, Lt 28, 1910, par. 9

Those who hold meetings at this season of the year should guard carefully against the danger of overheating rooms and of overlooking proper ventilation. Often the air is poisoned by the many breaths, and these poisons are not always allowed to escape quickly. I warn my brethren to keep these matters in mind if they value their lives. As soon as I regain my usual strength, I hope to visit Oakland and some other places. We must be careful to guard our health, and not allow anything to imperil our usefulness at the very time when every voice is needed for the work of proclaiming the truth in the highways and the byways—in out-of-door gatherings, as well as in tents and public halls. 25LtMs, Lt 28, 1910, par. 10

I am charged to exhort the messengers of truth to do without further delay the work that should have been done long ago in the large cities. It is the positive duty of believers to do a decided work at this time in these centers of population. God calls upon His workmen to hold meetings in every way that seems best to reach the people. No longer are the multitudes to be passed by. God forbids the continued neglect of important centers. He forbids the continued expenditure of large sums of money in a few places where the message is already firmly established, when comparatively nothing is being done in many other places fully as needy as were those where so much has been done. He calls upon His servants to go out into the highways and the hedges without delay. 25LtMs, Lt 28, 1910, par. 11