The Story of our Health Message



“FREELY ye have received, freely give,” said Jesus to His disciples as He sent them forth on their first missionary tour. This divine principle of imparting that which has been received was from the first emphasized in the instruction given to Seventh-day Adventists regarding health reform. The day following the memorable vision at Otsego, Michigan, in June, 1863, with its scenes vividly in her mind, Mrs. White wrote: SHM 236.1

“I saw that it was a sacred duty to attend to our health, and arouse others to their duty. ... We have a duty to speak, to come out against intemperance of every kind. ... I saw that we should not be silent upon the subject of health, but should wake up minds to the subject.”—E. G. White Letter 4, 1863. SHM 236.2