Lt 274, 1908

1908

Lt 274, 1908

Workman, Brother and Sister [W. D.]

St. Helena, California

September 23, 1908

Portions of this letter are published in CD 101, 107, 126; 6Bio 171, 189.

Mr. and Mrs. Wilford Workman
Takoma Park Station, Washington, D.C.

Dear Children:

I have written some things that I wish to be read to the school. If you do not wish to read it, some one else can read it to the students and teachers as a letter from Sister White. Lt274-1908.1

It is not because I have forgotten you that I have not written to you, but because of the press of work that is continually upon me. No sooner is one batch of letters and manuscripts dealt with, than another is placed before me, perhaps more difficult than the last. I am finding so many things to do that I cannot get time to rest. There are many manuscripts to look over and some straight testimonies to be borne. All my time is fully occupied. Lt274-1908.2

My left eye has been troubling me considerably, and for a few days I have had serious throat difficulty. A number in the neighborhood have been afflicted with the same trouble. Lt274-1908.3

A camp-meeting is now in session in Fresno. Elder Haskell did not advise me to attend. He wrote me from that place, “It is fearfully hot; I dare not say, Come.” But if he had said, Come, it would have been an impossibility for me to go; for two days I have been suffering from an attack of influenza. Sara gave me very thorough treatment, such as we used to give to the sick before we had sanitariums established. Lt274-1908.4

I am drawing near to another birthday, when I shall enter my eighty-second year. I have great freedom in speaking to the people, and more especially to those not of our faith. I enjoy being where I can speak to this class of people who have not had the privileges we have had of knowing the truth. I should not be bound down to so much examination of manuscript. I am asked to read every part of the selections made. I realize that it is wonderful that the Lord blesses me with such clearness of mind, and I am grateful. Lt274-1908.5

I expect to attend the next General Conference in Washington. Edson is very desirous that I shall go to Nashville in October, but I dare not attempt this. Lt274-1908.6

The strain of the journey to Southern California was very severe upon me; nevertheless the Lord sustained me throughout the five weeks of our absence from home. On the last Sunday of the camp-meeting at Los Angeles, I spoke to a very large congregation in the tent. There were a number of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union workers present, and I tried to present the importance of the Sabbath of the fourth commandment, giving the Word of God for its observance. At the close I made a strong appeal for all to study their Bibles and to take their position for the right. Lt274-1908.7

As I ceased speaking, one lady, a member of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union came up to me, and throwing her arms around me, said, Sister White, I take my position to keep the Bible Sabbath. There were tears in her eyes as she spoke. Her confession of the truth made a solemn impression upon the people. I was very thankful for this opportunity of presenting the sacred truth of the Word of God. I let the Word of God speak for itself. A “Thus saith the Lord” is all-sufficient. We were thankful that the meeting closed so well. Lt274-1908.8

We have a deep interest in you, my children. We pray that your health will be preserved, that you may carry through the lines of study you have undertaken. Do not fail or become discouraged. Your letters do not indicate that you are losing heart. I praise the Lord for this. Lt274-1908.9