Manuscript Releases, vol. 6 [Nos. 347-418]
MR No. 358—Nature and Teaching the Heathen
The most effective way to teach the heathen, who know not God, is through His works. In this way, far more readily than by any other method, they can be made to realize the difference between their idols, the works of their own hands, and the true God, the Maker of heaven and earth.... 6MR 116.1
There is a simplicity and purity in these lessons directly from nature that makes them of the highest value to others besides the heathen. The children and youth, all classes of students, need the lessons to be derived from this source. In itself, the beauty of nature leads the soul away from sin and worldly attraction, and toward purity, peace, and God.—Manuscript 153, 1903, 50, 51. (“Through Nature to Nature's God,” written in 1897.) 6MR 116.2
Released January 23, 1974.