Letters and Manuscripts — Volume 20 (1905)


Lt 61, 1905

Breed, A. J.

“Elmshaven,” St. Helena, California

February 5, 1905

Portions of this manuscript are published in 11MR 164.

Dear Brother Breed,—

I have just read your letter of February 1, telling us of the report which is being circulated, that Walla Walla College is to be sold by our people and may be bought by the Mormons. I am sorry to hear of such reports. You should contradict them promptly. The instruction given me by the Lord regarding the Walla Walla College would lead us to take a course that is the very opposite of these reports. 20LtMs, Lt 61, 1905, par. 1

Instruction was given me that a mistake was being made in selling so much of the school land. The land should have been kept by the school, to be utilized in raising crops that would have done much to sustain the school. I have said that if some of the land that was sold could be purchased back, it would be well. 20LtMs, Lt 61, 1905, par. 2

The school in College Place is not to be discouraged or hindered. Let all show an interest in building up and strengthening this institution. For years the care of the Lord has been over this school, as His servants have striven to make it a success, and it would not be pleasing to Him for any one to counterwork these efforts. No, no! Gather up your forces, and let all be united in carrying the work steadily forward. Thus God’s name will be glorified. 20LtMs, Lt 61, 1905, par. 3

Let your work advance. Discouragements will come, but do not give up. Let every one resist the enemy, saying, “I will not fail nor be discouraged.” [See Isaiah 42:4.] Let the students show unselfish zeal in their efforts to build up the school. Let each one do his best. Have faith in God. Should the school be given up now, a lesson of great value would be lost. 20LtMs, Lt 61, 1905, par. 4

Let the work of selling Object Lessons be revived. See if you can not plan together to make the outlook more hopeful and encouraging. Let each help the other to help the school. Consecrate the powers of body, soul, and spirit to the service of God. Let head, hands, and heart be cheerfully used for God and His work. Thus only can you make a success in life. Let your motto be, “This one thing I do.” [Philippians 3:13.] Singleness of purpose will bring success. 20LtMs, Lt 61, 1905, par. 5

Do not be discouraged if you do not gain immediate success, but work for it, pray for it, and believe that you will obtain it. Encourage one another to have a holy ambition to take hold anew to bring about the most excellent results for the Lord Jesus. Be in earnest to excel in holy living. Strive for the oneness for which Christ prayed, and remember that all minds and plans are not alike. We are to have much patience and unshaken faith. Let us bear with one another and help one another. 20LtMs, Lt 61, 1905, par. 6