Ms 85, 1903

1902

Ms 85, 1903

Diary

San Diego, California

September 29, 1902 [filed in 1903]

Portions of this manuscript are published in 8MR 398. +Note

I am grateful for the sleep I have had. I was wakeful during the night, but slept till after three o’clock. Ms85-1903.1

I have need to be careful of my strength. Some thought that I ought not to speak yesterday, but I dared not disappoint the people who were expecting to hear me. Though rather hoarse, I spoke to a large congregation, and all present appeared to be much interested. I had hoped that there would be many in from the outside, and I am told that more than half of those present were unbelievers. My great desire is to benefit and help those who know not the truth. I desire also to impress upon the minds of our brethren and sisters the truth that we are to do aggressive work. Ms85-1903.2

As I was getting into the carriage after meeting, an intelligent-looking lady came up to me and said, “I was much interested in the words you spoke to us today. They have done me good.” Ms85-1903.3

I took for my text the words: “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affections on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in glory.” [Colossians 3:1-4.] Ms85-1903.4

I told the people that we lose much by not being grateful to God for the gift of salvation. We should never forget the mercy and love of God to us. If, instead of complaining, we were to praise God for the blessings He is continually bestowing upon us—too numerous to recount, we should have a deeper comprehension of His goodness. Let us frame and hang in memory’s hall pictures of the goodness and mercy of God. Ms85-1903.5