Letters and Manuscripts — Volume 25 (1910 - 1915)


Lt 16, 1910

Managers of the St. Helena Sanitarium

St. Helena, California

January 10, 1910

Previously unpublished.

To the Managers of the St. Helena Sanitarium

Dear Brethren:

In the night of January 1, I was thinking of many matters. I seemed to be speaking to some of our brethren at the sanitarium, saying to them, This is the first day of the new year 1910. If during the past year some duties that should have been performed have been passed by, it is your privilege now to make the work as thorough as possible. 25LtMs, Lt 16, 1910, par. 1

Have our brethren at the sanitarium settled their obligations to Sister Gotzian? If not, they should not rest till the matter is healed and she has received the means of which the sanitarium has had the use for so long a time. The necessities of other more needy enterprises appeal to her, and she desires to obtain the means that she has invested here, that she may help in opening the work in new fields. It is best that she should be permitted to appropriate her means as she desires. 25LtMs, Lt 16, 1910, par. 2

Two nights before this, I saw Sister Gotzian with a troubled and perplexed countenance. She would not tell me the reason for her perplexity, but others told me that she was troubled because there had not yet been a final settlement with her on the part of the sanitarium. 25LtMs, Lt 16, 1910, par. 3

My heart ached as this matter was presented before me, and I was unable to sleep more that night. Sister Gotzian placed her means in the institution years ago in its time of need; and now that other calls are made to open institutional work in needy places, and the work at St. Helena is in a prosperous condition, it is but right that the money should be returned to Sister Gotzian without delay. 25LtMs, Lt 16, 1910, par. 4