Manuscript Releases, vol. 5 [Nos. 260-346]


MR No. 302—Ellen G. White Human-Interest Items

A hearty, willing service to Jesus produces a sunny religion. Those who follow Christ most closely have not been gloomy.—Manuscript 1, 1867, 6. (“Reminiscent Account of the Experience of James White's Sickness and Recovery,” written in the 1880's.) 5MR 174.1

I am sometimes greatly perplexed to know what to do, but I will not be depressed. I am determined to bring all the sunshine into my life that I possibly can.—Letter 127, 1903, p. 4. (To S. N. Haskell, July 1, 1903.) 5MR 174.2

Brother John, you do not know me. The more trying the situation, the more fortitude I possess. 5MR 174.3

I shall give way to no outbursts of grief if my heart break. I serve God not impulsively but intelligently. I have a Saviour who will be to me a very present help in time of trouble. I am a Christian. I know in whom I have believed. He expects from me implicit unwavering submission. Undue grief is displeasing to God. 5MR 174.4

I take up my appointed cross and will follow the Lord fully. I will not give myself to abandonment or grief. I will not yield to a morbid and melancholy state of feeling. I will not complain or murmur at the providence of God. Jesus is my Saviour. He lives. He will never leave me nor forsake me.—Letter 9, 1881, p. 3. (To “Dear Brother and Sister,” October, 1881.) 5MR 174.5

If I should relate to you the experiences I have had in regard to money matters since I returned home, you would laugh, I know. I can laugh now, but I assure you in the pinch it was no laughing matter.—Letter 19, 1885, p. 2. (To Elder Uriah Smith and wife, March 23, 1885.) 5MR 175.1

You may be assured I miss your little visits in my room, but the thought you are doing the will of God, helps me to bear the loss of your company.—Letter 10, 1860, p. 1. (To “Dear Husband,” October 12, 1860.) 5MR 175.2

Babe is fat and healthy, weighed last Thursday 15 pounds. He promises to be a very rugged boy.... I will tell you one thing, he is so hearty it will cost you quite a bill to keep me and him ... my appetite is good. Food sets well.—Letter 14, 1860, pp. 1, 2. (To “Dear Husband,” November 19, 1860.) 5MR 175.3

I miss father more and more. Especially do I feel his loss while here in the mountains. I find it a very difficult thing being in the mountains with my husband and [now] in the mountains without him. I am fully of the opinion that my life was so entwined or interwoven with my husband's that it is about impossible for me to be of any great account without him.—Letter 17, 1881, p. 1. (To “Dear Son Willie” [W. C. White], September 12, 1881.) 5MR 175.4

Although I miss you very, very much, and love you, yet I feel at present I belong to God to wait for and do His will. I tell you freely it is a great sacrifice to my feelings to have you separated from me as you are, and yet it seems to be that it is as God would have it, and I must be reconciled. It has been hard, so hard. 5MR 175.5

I wept and prayed and pondered and wept again, and the steady conviction forces itself upon me that it is right as it is. God's work is great. It demands our first attention. Separated as we are, we shall not be influenced by each other but we shall look to God separately and do our work in His fear and to His glory.—Letter 32, 1878, p. 1. (To “Dear Husband,” June 24, 1878.) 5MR 176.1

Released July 20, 1972.