The Spirit of Prophecy Vindicated

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The Counterfeit Spirit of Prophecy Exposed

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Testimony For The Church No. 12.

By Ellen G. White


Young Sabbathkeepers are given to pleasure-seekingpleasure seeking. I saw that there is not one in twenty thatwho knows what experimental religion is. They are constantly grasping after something to satisfy their desire for change, for amusement,; and unless they are undeceived and their sensibilities aroused, so that they can say from the heart, "I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus, my Lord," they are not worthy of hHim, and will come short of everlasting life. The young, generally, are in a terrible deception, and yet they profess godliness. Their unconsecrated lives are a reproach to the Christian name, and; their example is a snare to others. They hinder the sinner, for in nearly every respect they are no better than unbelievers. They have the word of God, but its warnings, admonitions, reproofs, and corrections are unheeded, as are also the encouragements and promises to the obedient and faithful. God's promises are all on condition of humble obedience. One pattern only is given the young, and I feel alarmed as I witness everywhere, in every place, the frivolity of young men and women who profess to believe the truth. Howto the young, but how do their lives compare with the life of Christ? I feel alarmed as I witness everywhere the frivolity of young men and young women who profess to believe the truth. God does not seem to be in their thoughts. Their minds are filled with nonsense. Their conversation is only empty, vain talk. Their ear isy have a keen ear for music, and the DevilSatan knows what organs to excite to animate, to engross, and charm the mind, so that Christ is not desired. The spiritual longings of the soul for divine knowledge, for a growth in grace, for divine knowledge, are wanting. p. 1496, Para. 21, [12OT].

 I was shown that the youth must take a higher stand, and make the word of God the man of their counsel and their guide. I saw that sSolemn responsibilities rest upon the young, which they lightly regard. The introduction of music into their homes, instead of inciting to holiness and spirituality, has been the means of diverting their minds from the truth. Frivolous songs, and the popular sheetmusicsheet music of the day seem congenial to their taste. The instruments of music have taken time which should have been devoted to prayer. Music, when not abused, is a great blessing; but when put to a wrong use, it is a terrible curse. It excites, but does not impart that strength and courage which the Christian can find only at the throne of grace alone, while humbly making known his wants, and with strong cries and tears pleading for heavenly strength to be fortified against the powerful temptations of Satanthe evil one. Satan is leading the young captive. Oh!, what can I say to lead them to break his power of infatuation! He is a skillful charmer, luring on the youngm on to perdition. Listen to the instructions from the iInspired bBook of God. I saw that Satan had blinded the minds of the youth, that they could not comprehend the truths of God's word. Their sensibilities wereare so blunted that they regard not the injunctions of the holy apostle: p. 2497, Para. 1, [12OT].

 "Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honor thy father and thy mother (; which is the first commandment with promise),; that it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long uponon the [new] earth." "Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord." Children who dishonor their parents, and disobey themtheir parents, and disregard their advice and instructions, can have no part in the earth made new. The purified new earth will be no place for the rebellious, the disobedient, the unthankful, ungrateful, son or daughter. Unless such learn obedience and submission here, they will never learn the lesson hereafter, andit; the peace of the ransomed will nevernot be marred by the disobedient, unruly, unsubmissive children. No commandmentbreakercommandment breaker can inherit the kingdom of Hheaven. Will all the youth please read the fifth commandment of the law spoken by Jehovah from Sinai, and engraven with hHis own finger upon tables of stone? "Honor thy father and thy mother,: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee." "Children, obey your parents in all things; for this is well pleasing unto the Lord." p. 3497, Para. 12, [12OT].

 I was referred to many passages of Scripture that are plain, instructingclearly show the young, showing them clearly the will of God concerning them. These plain teachings they must meet in the judgment. Yet there is not one young man or young woman in twenty who professesprofessing the present truth, who heeds these Bible teachings. TheyThe youth do not read the word of God enough to know its claims upon them,; and yet these truths will judge them in the great day of God, when young and old will be judgedrewarded according to the deeds done in the body. p. 3498, Para. 21, [12OT].

 Says John,: "I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you;, and ye have overcome the wicked one. Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof;: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever." p. 498, Para. 12, [12OT].

 This exhortation to young men extends also to young women also. Their youth does not excuse them from the responsibilities resting upon them. The youthThey are strong. They and are not worn down with cares and the weight of years, and with cares. Their; their affections are ardent, and if they are withdrawnwithdraw these from the world, and are placed place them upon Christ and Hheaven, doing the will of God, they will have a hope of the better life that is enduring, and they will abide forever, being crowned with glory, honor, immortality, eternal life. If the youth live to gratify the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, they are seeking for the things of the world, are pleasing their great adversary, and separating themselves from the Father. And when these things that are sought after pass away, their hopes are blasted and their expectations perish. Separated from God, theny will theyn bitterly repent their folly ofin serving their own pleasure, of gratifying their own desires, and for a few frivolous enjoyments, of selling a life of immortal bliss that they might have enjoyed forevermoreforever. p. 498, Para. 3, [1T].

 "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world," says the inspired apostle. Then he adds the warning,: "If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him." It is an alarming fact that the love of the world predominates in the minds of the young. They decidedly love the world and the things that are in the world, and for this very reason the love of God finds no room in their hearts. TheirThey find their pleasures are found in the world, and in the things of the world, and they are strangers to the Father and the graces of hHis Spirit. FGod is dishonored by the frivolity and fashion, and empty, vain talking and laughing, that characterize the life of the youth generally, and God is dishonored. TitusPaul exhorts the youth to sobriety.: "Young men, likewise, exhort to be sober-minded. In all things sheowing thyself a pattern of good works;: in doctrine showing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you." p. 499, Para. 21, [12OT].

 I entreat the youth for their souls' sake to heed the exhortation of the inspired apostle. All these gracious instructions, warnings, and reproofs, will be either a savor of life unto life or of death unto death. Many of the young are reckless in their conversation. They choose to forget that by their words they shallare to be justified, or by their words be condemned. TAll should take heed to the words of our Saviour: "A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things,: and an evil man out of the evil treasure of the heart bringeth forth evil things. But I say unto you, tThat every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment; f. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned." How little regard is paid even to the instructions of the heavenly Teacher. TMany either do not study the word of God is eitheror do not studied at all, or if it is,heed its solemn truths are not heeded, and these plain truths will rise up in judgment and condemn them. p. 5499, Para. 12, [12OT].

 Words and acts testify plainly what is in the heart. If vanity and pride, love of self and love of dress, fill the heart, the conversation will be upon the fashions, the dress, and the appearance, but not on Christ or the kingdom of Hheaven. If envious feelings dwell in the heart, the samethey will be manifested in words and acts. Those who measure themselves by others, and do as others do, and make no higher attainments, and excuseexcusing themselves overbecause of the wrongsfaults and faultswrongs of others, are feeding on husks, and will remain spiritual dwarfs as long as they gratify the DevilSatan by thus indulging their own unconsecrated feelings. Some dwell upon what they shall eat and drink, and where-withal they shall be clothed. Their hearts are filled with theseThese thoughts, and they flow out from the abundance of the heart, as though thesetemporal things were their grand aim in life, their highest attainment. TheyThese persons forget the words of Christ,: "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and hHis righteousness,; and all these things shall be added unto you." p. 500, Para. 1, [1T].

 The youth have their hearts filled with their ownthe love of self, which. This is manifested in their desire to see their faces daguerreotyped by the artist; and they willare not be satisfied with being once represented, but they will sit again and again for their picture, each time hoping theythat the last will appear a little better, and excel all their previous efforts, and appear really more beautiful than the original. Their Lord's money is squandered in this way, and what is gained? Merely their poor shadow upon paper. The hours that ought toshould have been devoted to prayer, are occupied upon their own poor selves,; precious hours of probation are thus wasted. p. 500, Para. 2, [1T].

 Satan is gratified to have the attention of youth attracted by anything to divert their minds from God, so that the deceiver can steal a march upon them, and they, unprepared for his attacks, be ensnared. They are not aware that the great Hheavenly Artist is taking cognizance of every act, every word, and that their deportment;, and that even the thoughts and intents of the heart, stand faithfully delineated. Every defect in their moral character stands forth revealed to the gaze of angels, and they will have the faithful picture presented to them in all its deformity at the execution of the judgment. Those vain, frivolous words are all written in the book. Those false words are written. Those deceptive acts, with thewhose motives were concealed from human eyes, but discerned by the all-seeing eye of Jehovah, are all written in living characters. Every selfish act is exposed. p. 501, Para. 1, [1T].

 The young generally conduct themselves as though the precious hours of probation, while mercy lingers, arewere one grand holiday, and that they arewere placed in this world merely for their own amusement, to be gratified with a continued round of excitement. Satan has been making special efforts to lead the youththem to find happiness in worldly amusements, and to justify themselves in thus doing, by endeavoring to show that these amusements are harmless, innocent, and even important for health. The impression has been given by some physicians that spirituality and devotion to God are detrimental to health. This suits the adversary of souls well. There are persons with diseased imaginations who do not rightly represent the religion of Christ; such have not the pure religion of the Bible. Some are scourging themselves all through their life because of their sins; all they can see is an offended God of justice. Christ and hHis redeeming power, through the merits of hHis blood, they fail to see. Such have not faith. This class are generally those who have not well-balanced minds. Through disease transmitted to them from their parents, and an erroneous education in youth, they have imbibedcontracted wrong habits, injuring which injure the constitution, affecting and the brain, causing the moral organs to bebecome diseased, and making it impossible for them upon all points to think and act rationally upon all points. They have not well-balanced minds. Godliness and righteousness isare not destructive to health, but isare health to the body and strength to the soul. Says Peter: "He that will love life, and see good days, ...let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it: for the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and hHis ears are open unto their prayers;: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil." "But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye;: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled." p. 6501, Para. 12, [12OT].

 The consciousness of right-doing is the best medicine for diseased bodies and minds. The special blessing of God resting upon the receiver is health and strength. A person whose mind is quiet and satisfied in God is in the pathway to health. To have a consciousness that the eyes of the Lord are upon us, and hHis ears open to hear our prayers, is a satisfaction indeed. To know that we have a never-failing Friend in whom we can confide all the secrets of the soul, is a privilege which words can never express. Those whose moral faculties are beclouded by disease are not the ones to rightly represent the Christian life, or the beauties of holiness. They are too often in the fire of fanaticism, or the water of cold indifference or stolid gloom. p. 9, Para. 1, [12OT].

 The words of Christ are of more worth than the opinions of all the physicians in the universe.: "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and hHis righteousness,; and all these things shall be added unto you." This is the first great object, --the kingdom of Hheaven, the righteousness of Christ. Other objects to be attained should be secondary to these. p. 502, Para. 1, [1T].

 Satan will present the path of holiness as difficult, while thosethe paths of worldly pleasures will be are strewed with flowers. p. 9, Para. 2, [12OT].

 In false and flattering colors will the tempter array the world with its pleasures before you. Vanity is one of the strongest traits of our depraved natures, and Satanhe knows that he can appeal to it successfully appeal to it. He will flatter you through his agents. You may receive praise of men and women. It maywhich will gratify your vanity, and foster in you pride and self-esteem, and you may think that with such advantages and attractions it really is a great pity for you, with such advantages, such attractions, to come out from the world and be separate, and become a Christian, to forsake your companions, and be alike dead to their praise or censure. Satan tells you that with the advantages which you possess you could to a high degree enjoy the pleasures of the world. Let suchBut consider that the pleasures of earth will have an end, and that which theyyou sow they shallyou must also reap. Are personal attractions, ability, or talents, too valuable to devote to God, the aAuthor of your being? h, He who watches over you every moment? Are your qualifications too precious to devote to God? p. 11502, Para. 12, [12OT].

 The young will urge that they need something to enliven and divert the mind. I saw that there wasis pleasure in industry, a satisfaction in pursuing a life of usefulness. Some still urge that they must have something to interest the mind, when business ceases, some mental occupation or amusement to which the mind can turn for relief and refreshment amid cares and wearing labor. The Christian's hope is just what is needed. Religion will prove to the believer a comforter and, a sure guide to the fFountain of true happiness. I saw that tThe young should study the word of God, and give themselves to meditation and prayer, and they will find that their spare moments cannot be better employed. Young friends, you should take time to prove your own selves, whether you are in the love of God. Be diligent to make your calling and election sure. AllIt depends upon your own course of action, whether you secure to yourselves the better life. "p. 503, Para. 1, [1T].

 Wisdom's "ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace." For the young to contemplate tThe future abode of the righteous, and their everlasting reward, is are high and ennobling themethemes for the young to contemplate. Dwell upon the marvelous plan of salvation, the great sacrifice made by the King of glory to prepare the way that you might be elevated through the merits of hHis blood, and by obedience finally be exalted to the throne of Christ. This subject should engage the noblest contemplation of the mind. To be brought into favor with God, --what a privilege! To commune with Him, --what can more elevate, refine, and exalt us above the frivolous pleasures of earth? To have our corrupt natures renovated by grace, our lustful appetites and animal propensities in subjection, and we standingto stand forth with noble, moral independence, achieving victories every day, will give peace of conscience which can arise alone from right doingrightdoing. p. 11503, Para. 2, [12OT].

 I saw, yYoung friends, I saw that with such employment and diversion as this, you might be happy. But the reason why you are restless is, you do not seek to the only true source for happiness. You are ever trying to find out of Christ that enjoyment which is found alone only in hHim. In hHim are no disappointed hopes. Prayer! O, oh, how is this precious privilege neglected.! The reading of the word of God prepares the mind for prayer. One of the greatest reasons why you have so little disposition to draw nearer to God by prayer is, you have unfitted yourselves for this sacred work by reading fascinating stories, which have excited the imagination and aroused unholy passions. The word of God becomes distasteful, the hour of prayer is not thought offorgotten. Prayer is the strength of the Christian. When alone, he is not alone; he feels the presence of One who has said,: "Lo, I am with you alway." p. 12504, Para. 1, [12OT].

 The young want just what they have not,; namely, RELIGIONreligion. Nothing can take the place of itthis. Profession alone is nothing. Names are registered upon the church books upon earth, but not in the book of life. p. 12, Para. 2, [12OT].

 I saw that there is not one in twenty of the youth in twenty who knows what experimental religion is. They serve themselves, and yet profess to be servants of Christ; but unless the spell which is upon the youth ism be broken, they will soon realize that the portion of the transgressor is theirs. As for self-denial or sacrifice for the truth's sake, they have found an easier way above it all. As for the earnest pleadings with tears and strong cries to God for hHis pardoning grace, and for strength from hHim to resist the temptations of Satan, they have found it unnecessary to be so earnest and zealous; they can get along well without it. Christ, the King of glory, went often alone into the mountains and desert places to pour out hHis soul's request to hHis Father,; but sinful man, in whom is no strength, thinks he can live without so much prayer. p. 12504, Para. 2, [12OT].

 Christ is theirour pattern, h; His life was an example of good works. AHe was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. He wept over Jerusalem, because they would not be saved by accepting the redemption hwhich He offered them. They would not come to hHim that they might have life. Compare your course of life with that of your Master, who made so great a sacrifice that you might be saved. He was a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief, frequently spending whole nightsfrequently spent the entire night upon the damp ground in agonizing prayer. You are seeking your own pleasure. Listen to the vain, frivolous, light and vain conversation,; hear the laugh, the jesting, the joking. Is this imitating the pattern? Still listen, --is Jesus mentioned? Is the truth the theme of conversation? Are theythe speakers glorying in the cross of Christ? It is this fashion, that bonnet, that dress, what that young man said, or that young lady said, or the amusements they are planning. What glee! Are angels attracted and pressing close around them to ward off the weight of darkness which Satan is pressing in upon and around them? Oh, no. See, they turn away in sorrow. I see even a tears upon the faces of these angels. Can it be that angels of God are made to weep? It is even so. p. 13505, Para. 1, [12OT].

 High and eEternal things have little weight with the youth. Angels of God are in tears as they write in the roll the words, the and acts, the doings of professed Christians. Angels are hovering around thatyonder dwelling. The young are there assembled; there is the sound of vocal and instrumental music. Christians are here assembledgathered there, but what is that you hear? It is a song, a frivolous ditty, fit for the dance hall. Behold the pure angels gather their light which enshrouds them closer around them, and darkness envelops those in that dwelling. The angels are moving from the scene. Sadness is upon their countenances. Behold angels, they are weeping. This I saw acted overrepeated a number of times, all through the ranks of Sabbath-keepers, and especially in Battle Creek-----. Music has occupied the hours which should have been devoted to prayer. Music is the idol which many professed Sabbath-keeping Christians worship. The DevilSatan has no objection to music, if he can make that a channel through which to gain access to the minds of the youth. Anything will suit his purpose that will divert the mind from God, and engage the time which should be devoted to hHis service, and. He works through the means which will exert the strongest influence in holdingto hold the largest numbers in a pleasing infatuation, while they are paralyzed by his power. When turned to good account, with a pleasing infatuation. Mmusic is a blessing; but it is often made one of Satan's most attractive agencies to ensnare souls; but, when turned to a good account, it is a blessing. When abused, it leads the unconsecrated to pride, vanity, and folly. When music is allowed to take the place of devotion and prayer, it is a terrible curse. Young peoplepersons assemble together to sing, and, although professed Christians, frequently dishonor God and their faith by their frivolous conversation and their choice of music. ItSacred music is not congenial to their taste to make sacred music their choice. I was directed to the plain teachings of God's word, which have been passed by unnoticed. AIn the judgment all these words of inspiration will condemn in the judgment those who have not heeded them. p. 14505, Para. 12, [12OT].

 The apostle Paul exhorts Timothy "by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ":" "I will therefore that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting. In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shame-facedness and sobriety; not with braoided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; but, (which becometh women professing godliness,) with good works." p. 15506, Para. 1, [12OT].

 Peter exhortswrites to the church: "Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance;: but as hHe which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy." p. 15507, Para. 21, [12OT].

 The inspired Paul exhortsdirects Titus to give special instructions to the church of Christ, "that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things." He says: "Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; who gave hHimself for us, that hHe might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto hHimself a peculiar people, zealous of good works." p. 16507, Para. 12, [12OT].

 Peter exhorts the churches to "be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the Ddevil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour." "But tThe end of all things is at hand;: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer." p. 16, Para. 2, [12OT].

 Again he says,: "But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts;: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;: having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evil doersevildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well -doing, than for evil -doing." p. 16507, Para. 3, [12OT].

 Are the youth in thata position where they can with meekness and fear give an answer to every man that asketh a reason of their hope with meekness and fear? T? I saw that the youth, I saw, fail greatly to understandfail of understanding our position. Terrible scenes are just before them, a time of trouble which will test the value of character. Those who have the truth abiding in them will then be developed. Those who have shunned the cross, neglected the word of life, and payid adoration to their own poor selves, will be found wanting. They are ensnared by Satan, and will then learn too late that they have made a terrible mistake. The pleasures they have sought after prove bitter in the end. Said the angel,: "Sacrifice all for God. Self must die. The natural desires and propensities of the unrenewed heart must be subdued." Flee to the neglected Bible; the words of inspiration are spoken to you,; pass them not lightly by, for y. You will meet every word again, to render an account whether you have been a doer of the work, shaping your life according to the holy teachings of God's word. Holiness of heart and life are necessary. All who have taken the name of Christ and have enlisted in His service should be good soldiers of the cross. They should show that they are dead to the world, and that their life is hid with Christ in God. p. 16, Para. 4, [12OT].

 As servants of Jesus Christ, every one who has taken his name and has enlisted in his service, must be a good soldier of the cross. They should manifest in their lives that they are dead to the world, and that their lives are hid with Christ in God. p. 17, Para. 1, [12OT].

507, Para. 4, [1T].

 Paul writes to his Colossian brethren as follows: "If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection 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 hHim in glory." "And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by hHim." p. 17508, Para. 21, [12OT].

 To the Ephesians he writes: "See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise. R, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." p. 18509, Para. 1, [12OT].

 God can beis glorified by songs of praise from a pure heart filled with love and devotion to hHim. When consecrated believers assemble together, their conversation will not be upon the imperfections of others, or savor of murmuring or complaint; charity, or love, the bond of perfectness, will encircle them. Their hearts, filled with lLove to God and their fellow-men,fellow men flows out naturally in words of affection, sympathy, and esteem for their brethren. The peace of God rulingrules in their hearts,; their words are not vain, empty, and frivolous, but to the comfort and edification of one another. If Christians will obey the instructions given to them by Christ and hHis inspired apostles, they will adorn the religion of the Bible, and save themselves severe trials and much perplexity and severe trials, which they attribute to their afflictions in consequence of believing unpopular truth. This is a sad mistake. Very many of their trials are of their own creating, because they depart from the word of God. They yield to the world, place themselves upon the enemy's battlefield, and tempt the Ddevil to tempt them. By adheringThose who adhere strictly to the admonitions and instructions of God's word, prayerfully seeking to know and do hHis righteous will, they feel not the petty grievances daily occurring. The gratitude dwelling inwhich their hearts,y feel, and the peace of God ruling in themwithin, causes them to make melody in their hearts unto the Lord, and by words to make mention of the debt of love and thankfulness due the dear Saviour, who so loved them as to die that they might have life. Not one who has an indwelling Saviour will dishonor hHim before others by producing strains from a musical instrument which call the mind from God and Hheaven to light and trifling things. p. 18509, Para. 2, [12OT].

 The young are required in whatsoever they do, in word or deed, to do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by hHim. I saw that but few of the youth understand what it comprisesis to be Christians, to be Christlike. They will have to learn the truths of God's word before they can conform their lives to the pattern. There is not one young person in twenty who has experienced in their liveshis life that separation from the world which Godthe Lord requires of them in order toall who would become members of hHis family, children of the heavenly King. "Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be mMy sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty." p. 19510, Para. 1, [12OT].

 What a promise is here made upon condition of obedience.! Do you have to cut loose from friends and relatives in deciding to obey the elevated truths of God's word? Well, tTake courage, God has made provision for you, hHis arms are opened to receive you. Come out from among them and be separate, and touch not the unclean, and hHe will receive you. He promises to be a fFather unto you. Oh, what a relationship is this! higher and holier than any earthly ties. If you make the sacrifice, if you have to forsake father, mother, sisters, brothers, wife, and children, for Christ's sake, you will not be friendless. God adopts you into hHis family; you become members of the royal household;, sons and daughters of the heavenly King who rules in the Hheaven of heavens. Can you desire a more exalted position than is here promised? Is it not this enough? Said the angel,: "What could God do for the children of men more than hHe has already done? If such love, such exalted promises, are not appreciated, could GodHe devise anything higher, anything richer and more lofty? All that God could do has been done for the salvation of man that God could do, and yet the hearts of the children of men have become hardened. Because of the multiplicity of the blessings with which God has surrounded them with, they receive them as common things and forget their gracious Benefactor." p. 20510, Para. 12, [12OT].

 I saw that Satan wasis a vigilant foe, intent upon his purpose of leading the youth to a course of action entirely contrary to that which God would approve. He well knows that there is no other class that can do as much good as young men and young women who are consecrated to God. The youth, if right, could sway a mighty influence. Preachers, or laymen advanced in years, cannot have one-halfone half thate influence upon the young in communities that the youth, devoted to God, can have upon their associates. They ought to feel that a responsibility is restingrests upon them, to do all they can to save their fellow mortals, even at a sacrifice of their pleasure and natural desires. Time, and even means, if required, should be consecrated to God, and these professing. All who profess godliness should feel the danger of those are in who are out of Christ. Soon their probation will close. Theose who might have exerted an influence in savingto save souls, had they stood in the counsel of God, yet failed to do their duty through selfishness, indolence, or because they were ashamed of the cross of Christ, will not only lose their own souls, but will have the blood of poor sinners will be found inupon their garments. Such will havebe required to render an account for the good that they could have done had they been consecrated to God, but did not do because of their unfaithfulness. Those who have really tasted the sweets of redeeming love will not rest, cannot, rest, until thoseall with whom they associate are made acquainted with the plan of salvation. YThe young men and women should inquire,: "Lord'Lord, what wilt tThou have me to do?' How can I honor and glorify tThy name upon the earth?" Souls are perishing all around us, and yet where is thewhat burden do the youth bear to win souls to Christ.? Those who attend school could have an influence for the Saviour; but who names the name of Christ,? and who do you see in earnest conversation,are seen pleading with tender earnestness with their companions to forsake the ways of sin and choose the path of holiness? p. 21511, Para. 1, [12OT].

 I was shown that this is the course which the believing young should take, but they do not; it is more congenial to their feelings to unite with the sinner in sport and pleasure. I saw that tThe young have a wide sphere of usefulness, but they see it not. IfOh, that they would now exert their powers of mind in seeking ways to approach perishing sinners, that they might make known to them the path of holiness, and by prayer and entreaty win even one soul to Christ, w! What a noble enterprise! One soul to praise God through eternity! One soul to enjoy happiness and everlasting life! One gem in their crown to shine as a star foreverfor ever and ever! But even more than one can be brought to turn from error to truth, from sin to holiness. Says God,the Lord by the prophet,: "And they that turn many to righteousness [shall shine] as the stars foreverfor ever and ever." Then those who engage with Christ and angels in the work of saving perishing souls, are richly rewarded in the kingdom of Hheaven. p. 22512, Para. 1, [12OT].

 I saw that many souls might be saved if the young were where they ought to be, devoted to God and to the truth; but the youngthey generally occupy a position where constant labor must be bestowed upon them, or they will become of the world themselves. They are a source of constant anxiety, of and heartache. Tears flow on their account, and agonizing prayers are wrung from the hearts of parents in their behalf. TYet they move on, reckless of the pain which their course of action causes. They plant thorns in the breasts of those who would die to save them, and have them become what God designed they should, through the merits of the blood of Christ. p. 23512, Para. 12, [12OT].

 The youth exercise their ability to work outexecute this or that nice piece of art, but do not feel not that God requires them to turn their talents to a better account, that of adorning their profession, and seeking to save souls for whom Christ died. One such soul saved is of more value than worlds. Gold and earthly treasure can bear no comparison to the salvation of even one poor soul. p. 23512, Para. 23, [12OT].

 Young men and young women, I saw that God has a work for you to do; take up your cross and follow Christ, or you are unworthy of hHim. While you remain in listless indifference, how can you tell what is the will of God concerning you? and how do you expect to be saved, unless as faithful servants you do ouryour Lord's will? Those who possess eternal life will all have done well. The King of glory will exalt them to hHis right hand, while hHe says to them,: "Well done, good and faithful servants." How can you tell how many souls you might save from ruin, if, instead of studying your own pleasure, you were seeking what work you could do in the vineyard of your Master? How many souls have these gatherings for conversation and the practice of music been the means of saving? If you cannot point to one soul thus saved, turn, oh!, turn to a new course of action. Begin to pray for souls; getcome near to Christ, close to hHis bleeding side. Let a meek and quiet spirit adorn your lives, and let your earnest, broken, humble petitions ascend to hHim for wisdom, that you may have success in saving not only saving your own soul, but the souls of others. Pray more than you sing. Do you not stand in greater need of prayer more than of singing? Young men and women, God calls upon you to work, young men and women; work for hHim. Make an entire change in your course of action. You can do a work that those who minister in word and doctrine cannot do. You can reach a class whom the minister cannot affect. p. 23513, Para. 31, [12OT].

 RECREATION FOR CHRISTIANS. I was shown that Sabbath-keepers as a people labor too hard, without allowing themselves change, or periods of rest. Recreation is needful to those who are engaged in physical labor, yet and is still more essential for those whose labors arelabor is principally mental. p. 24, Para. 1, [12OT].

 I was shown that iIt is not essential to our salvation, nor for the glory of God, for us to keep the mind laboring constantly and excessively, even upon religious themes, constantly and excessively. There are amusements, such as dancing, card playing, chess, checkers, etc., which we cannot approve, because Heaven condemns them, such as dancing, card playing, chess, checkers, &c. These amusements open the door for great evil. Their tendenciesThey are not beneficial in their tendency, but theirhave an exciting influence upon the mind is to excite and produce, producing in some minds a passion for those plays which lead to gambling, and dissolute livesdissipation. All such plays should be condemned by Christians. S, and something perfectly harmless should be substituted in the place of these amusements. Something can be invented, perfectly harmless. p. 25, Para. 1, [12OTtheir place. p. 514, Para. 1, [1T].

 I saw that our holidays should not be spent in patterning after the world, yet they should not be passed by unnoticed, for this will bring dissatisfaction to our children. On these days when there is danger ofthat our children partaking ofwill be exposed to evil influences, and becomingbecome corrupted by the pleasures and excitement of the world, let the parents study to get up something to take the place of more dangerous amusements. Give your children to understand that you have their good and happiness and best good in view. p. 25514, Para. 2, [12OT].

 Let several families living in a city or village unite together and leave their occupations which have taxed them physically and mentally, and make an excursion out of the cities and villages a few miles into the country, by to the side of a fine lake, or into a nice grove, where the scenery of nature is beautiful. They should provide themselves with plain, hygienic food, the very best fruits and grains, and spread their table under the shade of some tree, or under the canopy of heaven, provided with the very best fruits and grains. The ride, the exercise, and the scenery, will quicken the appetite, and they can come aroundenjoy a repast which kings might envy. p. 25514, Para. 3, [12OT].

 POn such occasions parents and children on such occasions should feel as free as air from care, labors, or perplexitiesand perplexity. Parents should become children with their children, making iteverything as happypleasant for them as possible for them. Let the whole day be given to recreation. Exercise of the muscles in the open air, for those whose employment has been within doors and sedentary, will be beneficial to health. All who can, should feel it a duty resting upon them to pursue this course. Nothing will be lost, but much gained. They can return to their occupations with new life and new courage to engage in their labor with new zeal. A, and such have gained much, for they are better prepared to resist disease. p. 26515, Para. 1, [12OT].

 I saw that but few have a realizing sense ofrealize the constant, wearing labor upon the brains of those who are bearing the responsibilities of the work in the Ooffice. CThey are confined with indoors day after day, and week after week, within doors,while a constant strain upon the mental powers is surely undermining their constitutions of these men, and lessening their hold on life. These brethren are in danger of breaking suddenly. They are not immortal, and without a change they must wear out and be lost to the work. p. 26515, Para. 2, [12OT].

 PWe have precious gifts we have in Brn.Brethren Smith, Aldrich, and Amadon. We cannot afford to have them ruin their health through close confinement and incessant toil. Where can we find men with their experience to supply their places, with their experience? Two of these brethren have been fourteen years connected with the work in the Ooffice, laboring earnestly, conscientiously, and unselfishly, for the advancement of the cause of God. p. 26, Para. 3, [12OT].

 These brethrenThey have had scarcely any variation or change, except what fevers and other sickness have given them. They should have a change frequently;, should often devote a day wholly to recreation with their families, who are almost entirely deprived of their society. All may not be able to leave the work at athe same time,; but they should so arrange their work that one or two may leavego, leaving others to supply their places, and then give otherslet these in their turn have the same opportunity they have had. p. 27515, Para. 13, [12OT].

 I also saw that these brethren, Aldrich, Amadon, and Smith, should, as a religious duty, take care of the health and strength which God has given them. GodThe Lord does not require them just now to become martyrs just now to hHis cause. They will obtain no reward for making this sacrifice, for God wants them to live. Their livesThey can better, far better, serve the cause of present truth, far better by their lives than by their death. p. 27, Para. 2, [12OT].

 I saw that iIf eitherany one of these brethren should be suddenly prostrated by disease, no one should regard it as a direct judgment from the Lord. It will be only be the sure result of the violation of nature's laws. They should take heed to the warning given them, lest they transgress and have to suffer the heavy penalty. p. 27515, Para. 34, [12OT].

 I saw that these brethren could benefit the cause of God by attending, as often as practicable C, convocation Mmeetings, at a distance from the place of their confinement and labor. Ittheir place of labor. The work committed to them is important, and they need healthy nerves and brains; but it is impossible for their minds to be enlivened and invigorated as God would have them, to pursue the work so important, which requires healthy nerves and brain, while they are incessantly confined at the Ooffice. p. 28, Para. 1, [12OT].

 I was shown that it would be a benefit to the cause at large for these men, standing at the head of the work at Battle Creek, to become acquainted with their brethren abroad by associating with them in meeting. It will give the brethren abroad confidence in those who are bearing the responsibilities of the work, and will relieve these brethren bearing these burdens, of the taxation upon the brain, and will make them better acquainted with the progress of the work and the wants of the cause. It will enliven their hopes, renew their faith, and increase their courage. Time thus taken will not be lost, but will be spent to the very best advantage. These brethren have qualities makingwhich render them in the highest degree capable of enjoying social life to the highest degree. They would enjoy the societyir stay at the homes of brethren abroad at their homes, and would benefit and be benefitted by interchange of thought and views. p. 516, Para. 1, [1T].

 Especially do I appeal to Bro.Brother Smith to change his course of life. He cannot exercise as others in the Ooffice can. Indoor, sedentary employment, is preparing him for a sudden breakdown. He cannot always do as he has done. He must havespend more lifetime in the open air, having periods of light labor, of some special nature, or exercise of a pleasant, recreative character. Such confinement as he has imposed upon himself would break down the constitution of the strongest animal. It is cruel, it is wicked, a sin against himself;, against which I raise my voice in warning against. Bro.Brother Smith, more of your time must be spent in the open air, in riding, or in pleasant exercise, or you must die, your wife become a widow, and your children, who I love you so much, become orphans. Bro.Brother Smith is qualified to edify others in the exposition of the word. He can serve the cause of God, and be benefitted benefit himself, by making efforts to getgoing out to the large gatherings of Sabbath-keepers,Sabbathkeepers and letbearing his testimony be borne tofor the edification of those who are privileged to hear him. This change would bring him more out of doors, and into the open air. His blood flows sluggishly through his veins for want of the electrifyingvivifying air of heaven. He has done well his part in the work at the Ooffice well, but still he has needed the assistance of the electricityelectrifying influence of pure air and sunlight out of doors, to make his work still more spiritual and enlivening. p. 28516, Para. 2, [12OT].

 June 5, 1863, I was shown the necessity ofthat my husband's preservinghusband should preserve his strength and health, for God had yet a great work for us to do. In hHis providence we had obtained an experience in this work from its very commencement, and thus our labors would be of greater account to hHis cause. I saw that my husband's constant and excessive labor was exhausting his fund of strength, which God would have him preserve. I; that if he continued to overtask his physical and mental energies as he had been doing, he would be reaching down into the future, and using up his future resources of strength, and exhausting the capital, and would break down prematurely, and the cause of God would be deprived of his labor. He was mMuch of the time he was performing labor connected with the Ooffice which others might do; also, or was engaged in business transactions which he should avoid. God would have us both reserve our strength to be used when he especiallyspecially required it, andto do that work which others could not do, and for which hHe has raised us up, preserved our lives, and given us a valuable experience, to; in this way we could be a benefit to hHis people. p. 29517, Para. 1, [12OT].

 I did not make this public, because it was given especiallyspecially to us. If this caution had been fully heeded, the affliction under which my husband has been aso great a sufferer would have been saved. The work of God seemedwas urgent, and seemed to allow of no relaxation or separation from it. My husband seemed compelled to constant, wearing labor. His aAnxiety for his brethren liable to the draft, and to meetalso concerning the rebellion in Iowa, kept thehis mind constantlycontinually strained, and the physical energies were utterly exhausted. Instead of his having relief;, burdens never pressed heavier; and care, instead of lessening, was trebled. But there certainly was a way of escape, or God would not have given the caution hHe did, or else and would have caused that he should not have permitted him to break down under suchthe taxation. I saw that had he not been especiallyspecially sustained by God he would have realized the prostration of his physical and mental powers much sooner than he did. p. 30518, Para. 1, [12OT].

 When God speaks, hHe means what hHe says. When hHe cautions, it becomes those noticed to take heed. WThe reason why I now speak publicly is becausethat the same caution which was given to my husband has been given someto others connected with the Ooffice. They, I saw, were just as liable to be stricken down that unless they change their course of action, they are just as liable to be stricken down as was my husband. I am not willing that others should suffer as he has done. But that which is the most to be dreaded is, tothey would be lost for a time to the cause and work of God, when the help and influence of all are so much needed. p. 31518, Para. 12, [12OT].

 Those connected with the Ooffice cannot endure, by considerable, the amount of care and labor that my husband has borne for years. They have not the constitution, the capital to draw upon, which my husband has had. They can never endure the perplexities, and the constant, wearing labor which hasve come upon him, and which he has borne for twenty years. I cannot endure the thought that oneany in the Ooffice should sacrifice strength and health, through excessive labor, andso that their usefulness should prematurely end, and they be unable to work in the vineyard of the Lord. It is not merely the gatherers of the fruit that are the essential laborers, but; all who assist in digging about the plants, watering, pruning, and lifting up the drooping, trailing vines, and leading their tendrils to entwine about the true trellis, the sure support. None of these, are workmen canwho cannot be spared. p. 31518, Para. 23, [12OT].

 The brethren in the Ooffice feel that they cannot leave the work for a few days for a change, for recreation; but itthis is a mistake. They can, and should do so. HowEven if there were not as much accomplished, it would be better to leave for a few days, even if there is not as much work accomplished, than to be prostrated by disease and be separated from the work for months, and perhaps never be able to engage in it again?. p. 32519, Para. 1, [12OT].

 My husband thought it wrong for him to spend time in social enjoyment. He could not afford to rest. He thought that the work in the Ooffice would suffer if he should. But after the blow fell upon him, causing physical and mental prostration, the work had to be carried on without him. I saw that these brethren engaged in the responsible labor in the Ooffice should work upon a different plan, and make their arrangements to have change. If more help is needed, obtain it;, and let relief come to theose who are suffering withfrom constant confinement and with brain labor. They should attend Cconvocation Mmeetings. They need to throw off care, share the hospitality of their brethren, and enjoy their society and the blessings of the meetings. They will thus receive fresh thoughts, and their wearied energies will be awakened to new life, and they will return to the work far better qualified to perform their part, for they will better understand the wants of the cause. p. 32519, Para. 2, [12OT].

 Brethren abroad, are you asleep to this matter? Must your hearts be made faint by the fall of another of God's workmen, whom you love, falling.? These men are the property of the church. Will you suffer them to die under the burdens? I appeal to you to advise a different order of things. I pray God that God may never allow the bitter experience that has come upon us may never be allowed to come to any one of the brethren in the Ooffice that has come upon us. Especially do I commend Bro.Brother Smith to your care. Shall he die for want of air, the vitalizing air of heaven.? The course he is pursuing is really shortening his life. Through his confinement indoors his blood is becoming foul and sluggish, the liver is deranged, the action of the heart is not right. Unless he works a change for himself;, nature will take the work into her own hands. She will make a grand attempt to relieve the system by expelling the impurities from the blood. She will summon all the vital powers to work, and the whole organism will be deranged, and all this may end in paralysis or apoplexy. If he should ever recover from this crisis, his loss of time iswould be great; but the probabilities of recovery are very small. p. 32, Para. 3, [12OT].

 If Bro.Brother Smith cannot be aroused, I advise you, brethren, who have an interest in the cause of present truth, to take him, as Luther was taken by his friends, and carry him away from his work. p. 33520, Para. 1, [12OT].

 Since writing the above, I learn that most of Thoughts on the Revelation, was written in the night, after histhe author's day's work was done. This was the course which my husband pursued; I protest against such suicide. The brethren whom I have mentioned, who are so closely confined in the Ooffice, inwould be serving the cause of God by attending meetings and taking periods of recreation are serving the cause of God. They arewould be preserving themselves in the best conditions of physical health and mental strength in the best condition to devote themselves to the work. They should not be left to feel crippled because they are not earning wages. Their wages should go on, and they be free. They are doing a great work. p. 33520, Para. 2, [12OT].

 THE REFORM DRESS. In answer to letters of inquiry from many sisters relative to the proper length of the reform dress, I would say, that we have in our part of the State of Michigan we have adopted the uniform length of about nine inches from the floor. I take this opportunity to answer these inquiries in order to save the time in answeringrequired to answer so many letters. p. 34, Para. 1, [12OT].

 I should have spoken before, but have waited to see something definite on this point in the Health Reformer. I would earnestly recommend uniformity in length, and would say that nine inches as nearly accords with my views of the matter as I am able to express it in inches. p. 34521, Para. 21, [12OT].

 As I travel from place to place, I do not find that the Rreform Ddress is not rightly represented, and am made to feel the necessity ofthat something more definite beingshould be said, that there may be uniform action in this matter. This style of dress is unpopular, and for this reason neatness and taste should be usedexercised by those who adopt it. I have once spoken once upon this point, yet some fail to follow the advice given. There should be uniformity as to the length of the Rreform Ddress among Sabbath-keepers. p. 34, Para. 3, [12OT].

 Those who make themselves peculiar by adopting this dress should not think for a moment that it is unnecessary to show order, taste, and neatness. Our sisters, bBefore putting on the Rreform Ddress, our sisters should obtain patterns of the pants and sack worn with the dressit. It is a great injury to the Ddress Rreform to have persons introduce into a community a style which in every particular needs reforming before it can rightly represent the Rreform Ddress. Wait, sisters, till you can put on the dress on right. p. 35521, Para. 12, [12OT].

 In some places there existsis great opposition to the short dress. But when I see some dresses worn by the sisters, I do not wonder that people are disgusted, and condemn the dress. Where the dress is represented as it should be, all candid peoplepersons are constrained to admit that it is modest and convenient. In some of our churches I have seen all kinds of reform dresses, and yet not one answering the description presented before me. Some appear with white muslin pants, white sleeves, dark delaine dress, and a sleeveless sack of the same description as the dress. Some appear withhave a calico dress andwith pants cut after their own fashioning, not after "the pattern," without starch, or stiffening to give them form, and they clingclinging close to the limbs. There is certainly nothing in these dresses manifesting taste or order. Such a dress would not recommend itself to the good judgment of sensible-minded peoplepersons. In every sense of the word it is a deformed dress. p. 35521, Para. 23, [12OT].

 Sisters who have opposing husbands have asked my advice in regard to their adopting the short dress, while their husbands would not consent to their doing so contrary to the wishes of the husband. I advise them to wait. I do not consider the dress question of suchso vital importance as the Sabbath. HereConcerning the latter there iscan be no hesitation admitted. TBut the opposition which theymany might receive should they adopt the dress reform would be more injurious to health than the dress would be beneficial. Several of these sisters have said to me,: "My husband likes your dress; he says he has not one word of fault to find with it." This has led me to see the necessity of our sisters' representing the Ddress Rreform aright, by manifesting neatness, order, and uniformity in dress. p. 36, Para. 1, [12OT].

 I shall have patterns prepared to take with me as we travel, ready to hand to our sisters whom we shall meet, or to send by mail, to all who may order them. Our address will be given in the Review. p. 36522, Para. 21, [12OT].

 Those who adopt the short dress, should also manifest taste in the selection of colors. Those who are unable to buy new cloth, must do the best they can in exercising a little moreto exercise taste and ingenuity in fixing over old garments, making them new again. Be particular to have the pants and dress of the same color and material, or you will appear fantastic. Old garments may be cut after a correct pattern, and arranged tastefully, and appear like new again. I beg of you, sisters, not to form your patterns after your own particular ideas. TWhile there are correct patterns and good tastes. T, there are also incorrect patterns and bad tastes. p. 36522, Para. 32, [12OT].

 This dress does not require hoops, and I hope that it will never be disgraced by them. Our sisters need not be under the necessity of wearingwear many skirts to distend the dress. TheyIt appears much more becoming, falling about the form naturally, over one or two light skirts. Moreen is excellent material for outside skirts; it retains its stiffness, and is durable. If anything is worn in skirts, let it be very small. Quilts are unnecessary. Yet I frequently see them worn, and sometimes hanging a trifle below the dress. This gives the dressit an immodest, untidy appearance. White skirts, worn with dark dresses, do not become the short dress. Be particular to have your skirts cleanly, neat, and nice, made; make them of good material, and in all cases let them be at least three inches shorter than the dress. If anything is worn to distend the skirt, let it be small, and at least one quarter or one half a yard from the bottom of the dress or outside skirt. If a cord, or anything answering the place of cords, is placed directly around the bottom of the skirt, it distends the dress merely at the bottom, where it should not be, and throws out the dress, making it appear very unbecoming when the wearer is sitting or stooping. p. 37523, Para. 1, [12OT].

 As we travel from place to place nNone need fear that I shall make Ddress Rreform one of my principal subjects as we travel from place to place. Those who have heard me upon this matter will have to act upon the light that has already been given. I have done my duty; I have borne my testimony, and those who have heard me and read that which I have written, must now bear the responsibility of receiving or rejecting the light given. If they choose to venture to be forgetful hearers, and not doers of the work, they run their own risk, and will be accountable to God for the course they pursue. I am clear. I shall urge none, and condemn none. This is not the work assigned me. God knows who hHis humble, willing, obedient children are, and will reward them according to their faithful performance of hHis will. To many the Ddress reform is too simple and humbling to be adopted. The cross theyThey cannot lift the cross. God works by simple means to separate and distinguish hHis children from the world. S; but some have so departed from the simplicity of the work and ways of God that they are above the work, not in it. p. 37523, Para. 2, [12OT].

 I was referred to Num. xv, Numbers 15:38-41.: "Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribbonribband of blue: Aand it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the Lord, and do them; and that ye seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go a whoring: Tthat ye may remember, and do all mMy commandments, and be holy unto your God. I am the Lord your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the Lord your God." Here God expressly commanded a very simple arrangement of dress for the children of Israel for the purpose of distinguishing them from the idolatrous nations around them. As they looked upon their singularitypeculiarity of dress from the world, they were to remember that they were God's commandment-keeping people, and that hHe had wrought in a miraculous manner to bring them from Egyptian bondage to serve hHim, to be a holy people unto God,Him. They were not to serve their own desires, or observe and do according toto imitate the idolatrous nations around them, but to remain a distinct, separate people, that all who looked upon them might say,: These are they whom God brought out of the land of Egypt, who keep the law of tTen cCommandments. An Israelite was known to be such as soon as seen, for God through simple means distinguished him as hHis. p. 38524, Para. 1, [12OT].

 The order given by God to the children of Israel to place a ribbon of blue in their garments did notwas to have anyno direct influence on their health, only as God would bless them by obedience, and the ribbon would keep in their memory the high claims of Jehovah had upon them, and prevent theirthem from mingling with theother nations, uniting in their drunken feasts, and eating swine's flesh and luxurious food detrimental to health, and uniting in their drunken feasts. p. 39, Para. 1, [12OT].

 The Reform Dress God would have his people now adopt. God would now have His people adopt the reform dress, not only to distinguish them from the world as hHis "peculiar people," but because a reform in dress is essential to physical and mental health. God's people have, to a great extent, lost their peculiarity to a great extent, and have been gradually patterning after the world, and mingling with, the world them, until they are like themhave in many respects become like them. This is displeasing to God. He directs them, as hHe diddirected the children of Israel anciently, to come out from the world and forsake their idolatrous practices, and to not followfollowing their own hearts (for their hearts are unsanctified), or their own eyes, which have led them to a departure depart from God and a unitingto unite with the world. p. 39524, Para. 2, [12OT].

 Something must arise to lessen the hold of God's people upon the world. The Dress Reformreform dress is simple and healthful, yet there is a cross in it. I thank God for the cross. I and cheerfully bow to lift it. We have been so united with the world, that we have lost sight of the cross, and do not suffer for Christ's sake. p. 40525, Para. 1, [12OT].

 We doshould not wish to get upinvent something to make a cross,; but if God presents to us a cross, we should cheerfully bear it. In the acceptance of the cross, we are distinguished from the world. The world, who love us not, and ridicule our peculiarity. Christ was hated ofby the world, because hHe was not one of the world. Can theHis followers of Christ expect to fare better than their Master? If theywe pass along without receiving censure, or frowns from the world, they we may be alarmed, for it is theirour conformity to the world which makes themus so much like them; that they havere is nothing to arouse their envy or malice. T; there is no collision of spirits. The world despises the cross,. "For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God." 1 Cor. i, Corinthians 1:18. "But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world." Gal. vi, Galatians 6:14. p. 40525, Para. 2, [12OT].

 SURMISINGS ABOUT BATTLE CREEK. In 1865 I saw that some have felt at liberty, through envious feelings, to speak lightly of the church at Battle Creek. Some look suspiciously on all that is going on there, and seem to exult if they can get hold of any thinganything to take advantage of that comes fromto the discredit of Battle Creek. But God is displeased with such a spirit, such and course of action. From what source do our churches abroad obtain their light and knowledge of the truth? It has been from the means which God has ordained, which center at Battle Creek. Who have the burdens of the cause? It is those who are zealously laboring at Battle Creek, and while churches that are scattered abroad are relieved from the b. Burdens and heavy trials which necessarily come upon those who stand in the forefront of the hottest battle, and while these are excused from perplexities and wearing thoughtsthought are attendant upon thoseall who engage in making highly-importanthighly important decisions in connection with the work to be accomplished for the remnant people of God. Our brethren abroad, who are relieved from all theyis, should feel thankful, and praise God that they are thus favored, and should be the last to be jealous, envious, and faultfinding, occupying a position, "Report, and we will report it." p. 41526, Para. 1, [12OT].

 AThe church at Battle Creek they have borne the burdens of the cConferences, which have been upon many, or nearly all of the church, a severe tax upon nearly all. Many iIn consequence of the extra labors borne many have brought upon themselves debility, which has lasted for many months. They have borne the burden cheerfully, but have felt saddened and disheartened by the heartless indifference of some, and the cruel jealousy of others, after they have returned to the several churches from whence they came. SpeechesRemarks are thoughtlessly made, by --by some designedly, by others carelessly, --concerning the burden-bearersburden bearers there, and concerning those who stand at the head of the work. God has marked all these speeches, allnd these jealousies, all these envious feelings, andjealousy and envy which prompted them; a faithful record of it is kept. Men and womenMany thank God for the truth, and then turn around and question and find fault with the very means which Heaven has ordained to make them what they are, or what they ought to be. How much more pleasing to God it would be for them to act the part of Aaron and Hur, and help hold up the hands of those who are bearing the great and heavy burdens of the work in connection with the cause of God. Murmurers and complainers should remain at home, where they will be out of the way of temptation, where they cannot find food for their jealousies, evil-surmisingsevil surmisings, and fault-findings;faultfindings, for the presence of such is only a burden to the meetings,; they are clouds without water. p. 41526, Para. 2, [12OT].

 AllThose who feel at liberty to censure and find fault with and censure those whom God has chosen to act an important part in this last great work, had would better seek to be converted and to obtain the mind of Christ. Let them remember those of the children of Israel who were so ready to find fault with Moses, whom God had ordained to lead hHis people to Canaan, and to murmur against even God hHimself. They should remember that aAll these murmurers fell in the wilderness. It is so easy to rebel, so easy to give battle before considering matters rationally, calmly, and settling whether there is anything to war against. The children of Israel are ouran example to us upon whom the ends of the world are come. p. 42527, Para. 1, [12OT].

 In regard to Battle Creek, itIt is easier withfor many to question and find fault in regard to matters at Battle Creek than to tell what should be done. This responsibility sSome would even venture to take this responsibility, but they would soon find themselves deficient in experience, for they and would run the work into the ground. If these talkers and faultfinders would themselves become burdenbearers,burden bearers and pray for the laborers, they would be blessed themselves and would bless others with their godly example, with their holy influence and lives. It is easier for many to talk than to pray, and; such lack spirituality and holiness, and their influence is an injury to the cause of God. Instead of feeling that the work at Battle Creek is their work, and that they have an interest in its prosperity, they stand aside more as spectators, to question and find fault. Those who do this are the very ones who lack experience in this work, and who have suffered but little for the truth's sake. p. 43527, Para. 12, [12OT].

 SHIFTING RESPONSIBILITIES. Those Sabbath-keeping brethren who shift the responsibility of their stewardship into the hands of their wives, while they themselves are capable of managing the same themselves, are unwise, and in the transfer displease God. The stewardship of the husband cannot be transferred to the wife. Yet this is sometimes doneattempted, to the great injury of both. BA believing husbands haves sometimes transferred theirhis property to theirhis unbelieving companions, hoping thereby to gratify themher, disarm theirher opposition, and finally induce themher to believe the truth. But this is no more nor less than hiringan attempt to purchase peace, or hiring themto hire the wife to believe the truth with t. The means which God has lent them to advance hHis cause. This transfer is the husband transfers to one who has no sympathy for the truth, and; what account will such a steward render when the Ggreat Master requires hHis own with usury? p. 44528, Para. 1, [12OT].

 Believing parents have frequently transferred their property to their unbelieving children, thus putting it out of their power to render to God the things that are hHis. By so doing, they lay off that responsibility which God has laid upon them, and place in the enemy's ranks means which God has entrusted to them to be returned to hHim by being invested in hHis cause when hHe shall require it of them. It is not in God's order that parents, who are capable of managing their own business, should give up the control of their property, even to children who are of the same faith. Theyse seldom possess theas much devotion to the cause as they should, and they have not been schooled in adversity and affliction, so as to place a high estimate upon the eternal treasure, and less upon the earthly. The means placed in the hands of such is the greatest evil. It is a temptation to them to place their affections upon the earthly, and trust to property, and feel that they need but little besides. MWhen means coming into their possession which they have not acquired by their own exertion comes into their possession, they seldom use it wisely. p. 44528, Para. 2, [12OT].

 The husband who transfers his property to his wife opens for her a wide door of temptation, ifwhether she beis a believer or an unbeliever. If she is a believer, and her peculiar traits of character arenaturally penurious, rather inclined to selfishness and acquisitiveness, howthe battle will be much harder will be the battle for her with her husband's stewardship and her own to manage. In order for her to be saved, she must overcome all these peculiar, evil traits, and imitate the character of her divine Lord, seeking opportunity to do others good, loving others as Christ has loved us. She should cultivate the precious gift of love, possessed so largely by our Saviour. His life was characterized by noble, disinterested benevolence. His whole life was not marred by one selfish act. p. 45529, Para. 1, [12OT].

 Whatever the motives of the husband, he has placed a terrible stumbling block in his wife's way, to hinder her in the work of overcoming. And if the transfer be made to the children, the same evil results may follow. HGod reads his motives God reads. If he wereis selfish, that his means might be retained, and he has made the transfer as a covert to conceal his covetousness, and excuse himself from doing anything to advance the cause, the curse of Heaven will surely follow. God reads the purposes and intents of the heart. He, and tries the motives of the children of men. His signal, visible displeasure, may not be manifested as in the case of Ananias and Sapphira, yet theirin the end the punishment in the end will in no case be lighter than that which was inflicted upon them. In their trying to deceive men, it was deceiving andthey were lying to God. "The soul that sinneth, it shall die." p. 529, Para. 2, [1T].

 Such can no better stand the test of the judgment, no better than the man to whom was committed received the one talent whoand hid it in the earth. When God called him to account, he accused himGod of injustice.: "I knoew tThee that tThou art an hard man, reaping where tThou hast not sown, and gathering where tThou hast not strewed;: and I was afraid, and went and hid tThy talent in the earth [where the cause of God could not be benefitted with it];: lo, there tThou hast that is tThine." Saith God,: "Take therefore the talent from him, and give toit unto him thatwhich hath ten talents, a. . . . And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness;: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." This man was afraid that his lLord would be benefitted withby the improvement of his talent. p. 45530, Para. 21, [12OT].

 I saw that there wereare many who have wrapped their talent in a napkin and hid it in the earth. They seem to think that every penny thatwhich is invested in the cause of God is lost, to them beyond redemption to them. To those who feel thus, it is even so. They will receive no reward. They give grudgingly, only because they feel necessitatedobliged to do something. God loveth the cheerful giver. Those who flatter themselves that they can shift their responsibility upon the wife or children, are deceived by the enemy. Such aA transfer of property will not lessen their responsibility. They are accountable for the means which Heaven has entrusted to their care, and in no way can they excuse themselves offrom this responsibility, until they are released by their rendering back to God that which hHe has committed to them. p. 46530, Para. 12, [12OT].

 The love of the world separates from God. "If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him." It is impossible for any one to discern the truth while the world has their affections. The world comes between them and God, beclouding the vision, and benumbing the sensibilities to thatsuch a degree that it is impossible for them to discern sacred things. God calls upon such: "Cleanse your hands, ye sinners,; and purify your hearts, ye double -minded. Be afflicted, and mourn. L, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy intoto heaviness." Those who have stained their hands with the pollution of the world, are required to cleanse themselves from its stains. Those who think they can serve the world and yet love God, are double mindeddoubleminded. But they cannot serve God and mammon. They are men of two minds, loving the world and losing all sense of their obligation to God, and yet professing to be Christ's followers. They are neither the one thing nor the other. They will lose both worlds unless they cleanse their hands and purify their hearts through obedience to the pure principles of truth. "He that saith he abideth in hHim, ought himself also so to walk, even as hHe walked." "Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment;: because as hHe is, so are we in this world." "Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises;: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust." p. 47530, Para. 13, [12OT].

 It is worldly lust that is destroying true godliness. Love of the world, and the things that are in the world, is separating from the Father. The passion for earthly gain is increasing among those who profess to be looking for the soon appearing of our Saviour. The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life, control even professed Christians. They are seeking for the things of the world with avaricious lust, and many will sell eternal life for unholy gain. p. 48531, Para. 1, [12OT].

 PROPER OBSERVANCE OF THE SABBATH. Dec. December 25, 1865, I was shown that there has been too much slackness in regard to the observance of the Sabbath, that there has been too much slackness. There has not been promptness to fulfill the secular duties within the six working days which God has given to man, and a carefulness not to infringe upon one hour of the holy, sacred time, God which He has reserved to hHimself. I saw that tThere wasis no business of man's that should be considered of sufficient importance to cause him to transgress the fourth precept of Jehovah. There are cases thatin which Christ has given us where we maypermission to labor even on the Sabbath in saving the life of maen or of animals. But for our own advantage, in a pecuniary point of view, toif we violate the letter of the fourth commandment, we are Sabbath-breakers, and become for our own advantage from a pecuniary point of view we become Sabbathbreakers and are guilty of transgressing the whole ofall the commandments;, for if we offend in one point, we are guilty of al]l.

 If in order to save property we break over the express command of Jehovah, where is the stopping-placestopping place? wWhere shall we set the bounds? Transgress in a small matter, and look upon such thingsit as a matter of no particular sin on our part, and the conscience becomes hardened, the sensibilities blunted, anduntil we can go still further, until labor to and perform quite an extent may be performed,amount of labor and we still flatter ourselves that we are Sabbath-keepers, when, according to Christ's standard, we are breaking every one of God's holy precepts. There is a fault with Sabbath-keepers in this respect. B; but God is very particular, and all who think that they are saving a little time, or advantaging themselves by infringing a little on the Lord's time, will meet with loss sooner or later. GodHe cannot bless them as it would be hHis pleasure to do, for hHis name is dishonored by them, hHis precepts lightly esteemed, and instead of obtaining gain,. God's curse will rest upon them, and they will lose ten or twenty -fold more than they gain. "Will a man rob God? yYet ye have robbed mMe, . . . even this whole nation." p. 48531, Para. 2, [12OT].

 God has given man six days in which he mayto work for himself; and h, but He has reserved to himself one day in which hHe is to be specially honored. He is to be glorified, hHis authority respected. And yet man will stealrob God by stealing a little of the time Godwhich the Creator has reserved for hHimself; and thus rob God. God reserved the seventh-dayseventh day as a period of rest for man, for the good of man as well as for hHis own glory. He saw that the wants of man required a day of rest from toil and care, that his health and life would be endangered without a period of relaxation from the care and taxation upon him through the labor and anxiety of the six days. p. 5032, Para. 1, [12OT].

 The Sabbath was made for man, for the benefit of man; and to knowingly transgress the holy commandment forbidding labor upon the seventh-dayseventh day is a crime in the sight of Hheaven which was of such magnitude under the Mosaic law as to require the death of the offender. But this was not all that the offender was to suffer, for God would not take a transgressor of hHis law to Hheaven. He must suffer the second death, which is the full and final penalty for the transgressor of the law of God. p. 5033, Para. 21, [12OT].

 POLITICAL SENTIMENTS. In At Rochester, N. Y.ew York, Dec.December 25, 1865, I was shown many things concerning the people of God in connection with theHis work of God for these last days. I saw that many professed Sabbath-keepers wouldwill come short of everlasting life. They fail to take warning from the course pursued by the children of Israel, and fall into some of their evil ways, which if. If they continued in, these sins they will fall like them,the Israelites and never enter the heavenly Canaan. "Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples,: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come." p. 5033, Para. 32, [12OT].

 Many, I saw, that many would fall this side of the kingdom. God is testing and proving hHis people, and many will not endure the test of character, the measurement of God. p. 51, Para. 1, [12OT].

 I saw that mMany wouldwill have close work to overcome their peculiar traits of character, and be without spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing, unrebukable before God and man. Many professed Sabbath-keepers will be no special benefit to the cause of God or the church, without a thorough reformation on their part. Many Sabbath-keepers are not right before God in their political views. They are not in harmony with God's word, and are not or in union with the body of Sabbath-keeping believers. Their views do not accord with the principles of our faith. LSufficient light has been given sufficient to correct all who wish to be corrected. All who still retain their erroneous political principles,sentiments which are not in accordance with the spirit of truth, are living in violation of the principles of Hheaven. Therefore as long as they thus remain, they cannot possess the spirit of freedom and holiness. p. 5133, Para. 23, [12OT].

 Their principles and positions in political matters are a great hindrance to their spiritual advancement. Theyse are a constant snare to them, and a reproach to our faith;, and if theythose who retain these principles they will eventually be brought into just the positionwhere the enemy would be glad to have them in, where they will be finally be separated from Sabbath-keeping Christians. These brethren cannot receive the approval of HeavenGod while they lack sympathy for the oppressed colored race, and are at variance with the pure, republican principles of our gGovernment. HeavenGod has no more sympathy with rebellion upon earth any more than with the rebellion in Hheaven, when the great rebel questioned the foundation of God's government in Heaven. Heand was thrust out, with all who sympathized with him in his rebellion. p. 5134, Para. 31, [12OT].

 USURY. In the view given me in Rochester, N. Y.ew York, Dec.December 25, 1865, I was shown that the subject of taking usury should engage the attention ofbe considered by Sabbath-keepers. Wealthy men have no right to take interest from their poor brethren, but they may receive usury from unbelievers they may exact usury. "And if thy brother be waxen poor, and fallen in decay with thee,; then thou shalt relieve him. . . . Take thou no usury of him, or increase;: but fear thy God; that thy brother may live with thee. Thou shalt not give him thy money upon usury, nor lend him thy victuals for increase." "Thou shalt not lend upon usury to thy brother,; usury of money, usury of victuals, usury of anything that is lent upon usury. U: unto a stranger thou mayest lend upon usury,; but unto thy brother thou shalt not lend upon usury,: that the Lord thy God may bless thee in all that thou settest thine hand to, in the land whither thou goest to possess it." p. 5234, Para. 12, [12OT].

 God has been displeased with Sabbath-keepers for their avaricious spirit. Their desire to get gain is so strong upon them that they have taken advantage of their poor, unfortunate brethren in their distress, and have added to their already-abundantown already abundant means, whenwhile theirse poorer brethren have been distressed and necessitatedsuffered for the same means. "Am I my brother's keeper?" is the language of their hearts. p. 535, Para. 1, [12OT].

 A few years sinceago some of the poorer brethren were in danger of losing their souls through wrong impressions. Everywhere Satan was tempting the poorer brethrenthem in regard to the wealthy. These poor brethren were lookingconstantly expecting to be favored, and expecting it, when it was their duty to rely upon their own energies; and had they been favored, it would have been the worst thing that could have been done for them. All through the ranks of Sabbath-keepersSabbathkeepers, Satan opened the door of temptationwas seeking to some amongoverthrow the poorer class that he might overthrow themby his temptations. Some who have lacked judgment and wisdom in their poverty; have taken their own course; have not been willing, being unwilling to ask advice, or to follow advice, andit. Such have had to suffer throughas the result of their miserable calculation;, and yet these same ones would feel that they should be advantagedfavored by their brethren who have property. These things needed to be corrected. The first-mentioned class did not realize the responsibilities resting upon the wealthy, nor the perplexity and cares they were compelled to have because of their means. All they could see was that theyse had means to handleuse, while they themselves were cramped for the same. But the wealthy have, as a general thing, the wealthy have regarded all the poor in the same light, when there is a class of poor who are doing the best in their power to glorify God, to do good, to live for the truth; and such were. These persons are of solid worth. Their judgment wasis good, their spirit precious in the sight of God; and the amount of good thatwhich they accomplished in their unpretending way, was is ten-fold greater than that accomplished by the wealthy, although they mightthe latter may give large sums on certain occasions. The rich fail to see and realize the necessity of doing good, of being rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate. p. 535, Para. 2, [12OT].

 DECEITFULNESS OF RICHES. Men and women professing Some who profess to believe the truth do not all haveare lacking in discernment. They and fail to appreciate moral worth. TheyPersons who boast much of their fidelity to the cause, and talk as though they believe thatthink they know all that is worth knowing, are not humble in heart. They may have money and property, whichand this is sufficient to give them influence with some,; but it will not raise them one jot into favor with God. Money has power. Money and sways a mighty influence. Excellence of character and moral worth are often overlooked, if possessed by the poor man. DBut what does God care for money?, for property? The cattle upon a thousand hills are hHis. The world and all that is therein are hHis. The inhabitants of the earth are as grasshoppers before hHim. Men and property are but as the small dust of the balance. He is no respecter of persons. Yet mp. 536, Para. 1, [1T].

 Men of property have frequentlyoften looked upon their wealth and said,y: By my wisdom have I gotten me this wealth. WBut who gave them power to get wealth? He, who gaveGod has bestowed upon them strength to get wealth,the ability which, when they have gotten,possess, but instead of giving Him the glory they take the gloryit to themselves,. He will prove them and try them, and will bring their glorying to the dust, and; He will remove their strength and scatter their possessions. Instead of a blessing, they will realize a curse. NoAn act of wrong, ofr oppression, ofa deviation from the right way, should no sooner be for a moment tolerated any sooner in a man who possesses property than in a poor man who has none. All the wealth and riches that the most wealthy ever possessed willare not be of sufficient value to cover the smallest sin before God, or; they will not be accepted as a ransom for their transgressions. Repentance, true humility, a broken heart, and a contrite spirit, alone will be accepted of God. NAnd no man can have true humility before God unless the same is exemplified before others. RNothing less than repentance, confession, and forsaking, alone are of sin is acceptable to God. p. 5436, Para. 12, [12OT].

 Men whoMany rich men have riches have, many of them, obtained themtheir wealth by close deal, by advantaging themselves, and disadvantaging their poorer fellowmen,fellow men or their brethren; and these very men glory in their shrewdness, in their and keenness in a bargain. p. 55, Para. 1, [12OT].

 EBut the curse of God will rest upon every dollar thus obtained, and upon the increase of it on their hands, will have attached to it the curse of God to that degree and weight according to the value and increase of the money thus obtained. p. 56, Para. 1, [12OT].

in their hands. As these things were shown me, I could see the force of our Saviour's words,: "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God." Those who possess the ability of acquiringto acquire property, unless need to be constantly on the watch, or they will turn their acquisitiveness to bad account, and not maintain strict honesty. Thus many fall into temptation, overreach, not maintain strict honesty, receive more for a thing than it is worth, and sacrifice the generous, benevolent, noble principles of their manhood for sordid gain. p. 5637, Para. 21, [12OT].

 I was shown that many men who profess to be Sabbath-keepers, whoSabbathkeepers so love the world and the things that are in the world, that they have been corrupted by theits spirit and influence of the world; the divine has dropped out ofdisappeared from their characters, and the satanic creepinghas crept in, transforming them to serve the purposes of Satan, to be instruments of unrighteousness. Then in contrast with these men wereI was shown me the industrious, honest, poor men, who will stand ready to help those who need help, who would rather suffer themselves to be disadvantaged by their wealthy brethren than to manifest so close and acquisitive a spirit as they manifest; men, who will esteem a clear conscience, and right, even in little things, of greater value than riches. They are so ready to help others, so willing to do all the good in their power, that they do not accumulateamass wealth; their earthly possessions do not increase. If there is a benevolent object to call forth means or labor, they are the first to be interested in and respond to it, and will frequently do far beyond their real ability, and thus deny themselves some needed good, to carry out their benevolent purposes. Althoughp. 537, Para. 2, [1T].

 Because these men can boast of but little earthly treasure, and for this reasonthey may be looked upon as deficient in ability, in judgment, and in wisdom, their influence not esteemed by men, and they. They may be counted of no special worth, and their influence may not be esteemed by men; yet how does God regard thoese poor, wise men? They are, I saw, regarded precious in hHis sight, and, although not increasing their treasure upon earth, yetthey are laying up for themselves aan incorruptible treasure in the heavens, incorruptible, and in doing this they manifest a wisdom as far superior to that of the wise, calculating, acquisitive, professed Christian, as the divine and godlike is superior to the earthly, carnal, and satanic. It is moral worth that God values. A Christian character unblotted with avarice, possessing quietness, meekness, and humility, is more precious in theHis sight of God than the most fine gold, even the golden wedge of Ophir. p. 5638, Para. 31, [12OT].

 Wealthy men are to be tested more closely than they have ever yet have been. If they stand the test and overcome the blemishes upon their character, and as faithful stewards of Jesus Christ render to God the things that are God'sHis, to them it will be said, to them: "Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things;: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord." p. 5738, Para. 12, [12OT].

 I was then directed to the parable of the unjust steward.: "And I say unto you, mMake to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness,; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations." "He that is faithful in that which is least, is faithful also in much;: and he that is unjust in the least, is unjust also in much. If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man's, who shall give you that which is your own?" p. 538, Para. 13, [12OT].

 If men fail to render to God that which hHe has lent them to use to hHis glory, and thus rob GodHim, they will make an entire failure. GodHe has lent them means which they can improve upon by losing no opportunity to do good, and thus they may be constantly laying up treasure in heaven, by losing no opportunity of doing good with their means. But if, like the man who had one talent, they hide it, fearing that God will get that which their talent gains, they will not only lose the increase which will finally be awarded the faithful steward, but also the principal which God gave them to work upon. TBecause they have robbed God, they will not have laid up treasure in Hheaven, because they have robbed God, and they lose their earthly treasure also. NThey have no habitation on earth, and no fFriend in Hheaven to receive them into the everlasting habitation of the righteous. p. 5839, Para. 21, [12OT].

 Christ declares that no servant: "No man can serve two masters,: for either he will hate the one, and love the other,; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon, cannot"--cannot serve God and your riches, too. "The Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things,: and they derided hHim." Mark the words of Christ to them: "Ye are they whowhich justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts;: for that which is highly esteemed among men [which is riches, acquired by oppression, by deception, by overreaching, by fraud, or in any other dishonest manner,] is abomination in the sight of God." Then Christ presents the two characters, the rich man who was clothed with purple and fine linen, and who fared sumptuously every day, and Lazarus, who was in abject poverty, and loathsome to the sight;, and who begged the few crumbs which the rich man despised. Then oOur Saviour shows hHis estimate of the two. Although Lazarus, although was in so deplorable and mean a condition, he had true faith, true moral worth, which God seessaw, and which hHe considersed of so great value that hHe takestook this poor, despised sufferer, and placesd him in the most exalted position, while the honored and wealthy easeloving rich man isof wealth was thrust out from the presence of God, and: is plunged into misery and woe unutterable. God did not value the riches of this wealthy man, because he had not true moral worth. His character was worthless, h. His riches did not recommend him to God, nor have any influence to draw to himself thesecure His favor of God. p. 539, Para. 12, [12OT].

 InBy this parable Christ would have his disciples shunteach His disciples not to judge or value men by their wealth or by the honors which they received of others. Such was the course pursued by the Pharisees, of judging or valuing men by their wealth, or by the honors they received of men; for while they might possesswho, while possessing both riches and worldly honor they, were valueless in the sight of God; and, more than this, were despised and rejected of hHim, cast out from hHis sight as disgusting to hHim because there was no moral worth or soundness in them. They were corrupt, sinful, and abominable in hHis sight. The poor man, despised ofby his fellow mortals, and disgusting to their sight, was valuable in the sight of God because he possessed moral soundness and worth, thus qualifying him to be introduced into the society of refined, holy angels, and to be an heir of God and jointheira joint heir with Jesus Christ. p. 60540, Para. 1, [12OT].

 In Paul's charge to Timothy he warns him of a class who will not consent to wholesome words, but and who place a wrong estimate on riches. He says,: "If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; he is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment, let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses." "Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high-minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; that they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay boldhold on eternal life." p. 60, Para. 2, [12OT].

 This important charge to Timothy is not carefully considered and heeded. How few heed the charge which Paul commissioned Timothy to make to the rich. Paul in his540, Para. 2, [1T].

 Paul in this letter to Timothy would impress upon his mind the necessity of giving such instruction as shallshould remove the deception which so easily steals upon the rich, that because of their riches they are superior to those who are in poverty; and, that because of their ability to acquire, think themselves they are superior in wisdom and judgment, supposingjudgment--in short, that gain is godliness. Here is thea fearful deception. TheyHow few heed the charge which Paul commissioned Timothy to make to the rich! How many flatter themselves that their acquisitiveness is godliness.! Paul then saysdeclares, "CGodliness with contentment with godliness is great gain." p. 61, Para. 1, [12OT].

 I saw that aAlthough rich persons mightmay devote their whole lives to the one object of getting riches, yet as they brought nothing into the world, they cannotcan carry anythingnothing out. They must die and leave that which cost them so much labor to obtain. They staked their all, their eternal interest, to obtain this property, and have lost both worlds. He thenp. 541, Para. 1, [1T].

 Paul shows what risks men will run to become rich. TheyBut many are determined to be rich; this is their study;, and in their zeal eternal considerations are overlooked. In getting riches tThey are blinded by Satan, and make themselves believe that it is for good purposes they desire this gain, and; they strain their consciences, deceive themselves, and are constantly coveting riches and gain, and. Such have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. They have sacrificed their noble, elevated principles, given up their faith for riches, and, if they are not disappointed in their object, they are disappointed in the happiness which they supposed riches would bring. They are entangled, perplexed with care, are slaves; they have made themselves slaves to their avarice, and compelcompelled their families to the same slavery, and the advantages they reap are "many sorrows." "Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high-minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who richly giveth us richly all things to enjoy;." Men are not to hoard up their riches and take no good of their riches, become slaves to retain that which they already possess, and to gain a little more, deprivethem, depriving themselves of the comforts of life and virtually becoming slaves in order to retain or increase their earthly treasure. p. 62541, Para. 12, [12OT].

 The apostle Paul shows the only true use for riches, and bids Timothy charge the rich to do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; for in so doing they are laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, referring--referring to the close of time, that--that they may lay hold on eternal life. The teachings of Paul harmonize perfectly with the words of Christ,: "Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness,; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations." Godliness with contentment is great gain. Here is the true secret of happiness, and real prosperity of soul and body. p. 63542, Para. 1, [12OT].

 PERSONAL. [As the following, which was a personal message, is applicable to very many, I give it for the benefit of all.] p. 63, Para. 2, [12OT].

 Dear Bro. A-----1T].

 OBEDIENCE TO THE TRUTH Dear Brother D-----: I recollect your countenance among several others that were shown me in vision in Rochester, N. Y.ew York, Dec.December 25, 1865. I was shown that you were upon the background. Your judgment is convinced that we have the truth, but you have not as yet experienced theits sanctifying influence of the truth. You have not followed closely the footsteps of our Redeemer, therefore you are unprepared to walk even as hHe walked. p. 63, Para. 2, [12OT].

 As you listen to the words of truth, your judgment says that it is correct, it cannot be gainsayeid; but immediately the unsanctified heart says, : "These are hard sayings, who can hear them? that you hadwould better give up your efforts to keep pace with the people of God, for new and strange and trying things will be continually arising; you will have to stop sometime, and you may just as well stop now, and better than to go any further." p. 64543, Para. 1, [12OT].

 You cannot consent to profess the truth and not live it; you have ever admired a life consistent with profession. I was shown a book; your name in which was written in ityour name with many others. Against your name was a black blot. You were looking upon this and saying, : "It can never be effaced." Jesus held hHis wounded hand above it and said,: "My blood alone can efface it. If thou wilt from henceforth choose the path of humble obedience, and rely solely upon the merits of mMy blood to cover thy past transgressions, I will blot out thy transgressions, and cover thy sins. But if you choose the path of transgressors you must reap the transgressor's reward. The wages of sin is death." p. 64543, Para. 2, [12OT].

 I saw evil angels surrounding you, seeking to divert your mind from Christ, causing you to look atupon God as a God of justice, and losingto lose sight of the love, compassion, and mercy of a Saviour crucified, that would Saviour who will save to the uttermost all that come unto hHim. "If we sin (sSaid the angel): "If any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous." p. 64543, Para. 3, [12OT].

 When you are under the pressure of mental anxieties, when you are hearkening to the suggestions of Satan, and murmuring and complaining, somea ministering angel is commissioned to bear you the succour you need, and put to shame the language of your unbelieving mind. You distrust God; you disbelieve in hHis power to save to the uttermost. You dishonor God by this cruel unbelief, and cause yourself much needless suffering. I saw heavenly angels surrounding you, driving back the evil angels, and looking with pity and sorrow and pity upon you, and pointing you to Hheaven, the crown of immortality, saying,: "He that would win must fight." p. 65544, Para. 1, [12OT].

 Although you have been in doubt and perplexity, you have not dared to venture to entirely sever the connecting link between youyourself and God's commandment-keeping people. YouYet you have not yet yielded all for the truth's sake; you have not yet yielded yourself, your own will. You fear to lay yourself and all that you have upon the altar of God. You fear that, lest you may be required of him to yield back to GodHim some portion of that which hHe has lent you. Heavenly angels are well aware ofacquainted with our words and actions, and even ofwith the thoughts and intents of the heart. You, dear brother, have too many fears that the truth wouldwill cost you too much, but this is one of Satan's suggestions. Let it take all that you possess, and it does not cost too much; the value received, if rightly estimated, is an eternal weight of glory. How small is that whichlittle is required of us. Little is! How small the sacrifice that we can make in comparison with that which our divine Lord made for us.! And yet a spirit of murmuring comes over you because of the cost of everlasting life. You have had severe conflicts (, as well as others of your brethren at B-----,) have had severe conflicts with the great adversary of souls. You have several times nearly yielded the conflict, but the influence of your wife and eldest daughter has prevailed. These members of your family would obey the truth with their whole heart could they have your influence to sustain them. p. 65544, Para. 2, [12OT].

 Your daughters look to you for an example. T, for they think their father must be right. Their salvation depends much upon the course which you pursue. If you cease striving for everlasting life, you will exert a powerful influence to carry your children to a great degree with you, you will bow down the spirit of your faithful wife, crush her hopes, and lessen her hold on life. How can you in the judgment meet these to testify that your unfaithfulness proved their ruin.? p. 66545, Para. 1, [12OT].

 Several times I saw that you had several times yielded to the suggestions of Satan to cease striving to live out the truth;, for the tempter told you that you would fail with the best endeavors you might make, andthat with all your weakness and failings it was impossible for you to maintain a life of devotion and prayer. I was shown that your wife and eldest daughter have been your good angels, to grieve over you, to encourage you to resist in a measure the powerful suggestions of Satan; and through your love tofor them you have been induced to try again try to fix your trembling faith upon the promises of God. Satan is waiting to overthrow you that he may exult over your downfall, and t. Those who are trampling under footunderfoot the law of God you strengthenare strengthened by you in their rebellion. It is impossible for you to be strong until you take a decided stand for the truth. p. 66545, Para. 2, [12OT].

 Systematic Bbenevolence looks to you as needless; you overlook the fact that it originated with God, whose wisdom and judgment is unerring. This plan hHe ordained to save confusion, to correct covetousness, avariciousness of spiritavarice, selfishness, and idolatry. This system was to cause the burden to rest lightly, yet with due weight, upon all. The salvation of man cost a dear price, andeven the life of the Lord of glory, which He freely gave to lift man from degradation and to exalt him to become heir of the world. God has so ordained that man shouldshall aid his fellow-manfellow man in the great work of redemption. If heHe who excuses himself from this, hewho is unwilling to deny himself, that others may bebecome partakers with him of the heavenly benefit, he proves himself unworthy of the life to come, unworthy of the heavenly treasure which cost so great a sacrifice, even the life of the Lord of glory, which he freely gave to lift man from degradation, and to exalt him to become heir of the world. Gods wants no unwilling offerings, no pressed sacrifice. Those who are thoroughly converted and who appreciate the work of God, those who are thoroughly converted, will give cheerfully the little required of them cheerfully, and consider considering it a privilege to bestow. p. 67545, Para. 13, [12OT].

 Said the angel, : "Abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul. The Health Reform y" You have stumbled at the health reform. It looksappears to you to be a needless appendix to the truth. It is not so; it is a part of the truth. Here is a work before you which will come closer and be more trying than anything which has yet been brought to bear upon you. While you hesitate and stand back, failing to lay hold upon the blessing which it is your privilege to experiencereceive, you suffer loss. p. 67, Para. 2, [12OT].

 You are stumbling over the very blessing which Heaven has placed in your path designed to make your progress less difficult. The very things which will prove the greatest before to you, Satan determines to presentpresents this before you in the most objectionable light, that you may combat that which would prove the greatest benefit to you, which would be for your physical and spiritual health. Of all men you are one to be benefitted withby health reform. T; the truth received on every point in this matter of reform will be of the greatest advantage. You are a man thatwhom a spare diet will benefit. You were in danger of being stricken down in a moment by paralysis, and one half of you becoming dead. A denial of appetite is salvation to you, whileyet you view it as a great privation. Wp. 546, Para. 1, [1T].

 The reason why the youth of the present age are not more religiously inclined is because of the defect in their education. It is not true love which is exercised toward children towhich permits in them the indulgence of passion, or permitallows disobedience of yourparental laws to go unpunished. "Just as the twig is bent the tree is inclinesd." p. 68, Para. 1, [12OT].

 AThe mother should ever have the co-operation of the father, in her efforts to lay the foundation forof a good Christian character in her children. A doting father should not close his eyes to the faults of his children, because it is not pleasant to administer correction. You both need to arouse, and with firmness, not in a harsh manner, but with determined purpose, let your children know they must obey you. p. 68546, Para. 2, [12OT].

 A father must not be as a child, moved merely by impulse. A fathHer is bound to his family by sacred, holy ties. Every member of the family centers in the father. His name is, "house-band," is the true definition of husband. He is the law-maker, illustrating in his own manly bearing the sterner virtues, energy, integrity, honesty, and practical usefulness. The father is in one sense is the priest of the household, laying upon the altar of God the morning and evening sacrifice, while the wife and children unitingunite in prayer and praise. With such a household Jesus will tarry, and through hHis quickening influence yourthe parents' joyful exclamations shall yet be heard, and amid higher and more loftyexalted scenes, saying,: "Behold, I, and the children whom thou hastthe Lord hath given me." Saved, saved, eternally saved! Escapedfreed from the corruption that is in the world through lust, and through the merits of Christ becomemade heirs of immortality. p. 69, Para. 1, [12OT].

! I saw that but few fathers realize their responsibility resting upon them. They have not learned to control themselves, and until this lesson is learned they will make poor work in governing their children. Perfect self-control will act as a charm upon the family. When this is attained, a great victory is gained. Then can they can educate their children to self-control. p. 69547, Para. 21, [12OT].

 My heart yearns over the church at B----------, for there is a work to be accomplished there. It is God's design to have a people in that place. There is material there for a good church, but there is considerable work to be done to remove the rough edges and prepare them for working order, that all may labor unitedly and draw in even cords. It has hitherto been the case, that when one or two feelfelt the necessity of arousing and standing unitedly and more firmly upon the elevated platform of truth, that a portion will notothers would make no efforts to arise. Satan puts in them a spirit to rebel, to discourage those who would advance. They brace themselves when urged to take hold of the work, and a stubborn spirit comes upon some, and when they should help, they hinder. Some will not submit to the planing knife of God. As it passes over them, and the uneven surface is disturbed, they complain of too close and severe work. They wish to get out of God's workshop, where their defects may remain undisturbed. They seem to be asleep as to their condition; but their only hope is to remain where the defects in their Christian character will be seen and remedied. p. 69547, Para. 32, [12OT].

 Some are indulging lustful appetite which wars against the soul, which and is a constant drawback, a hindrance to their spiritual advancement. They constantly bear an accusing conscience constantly, and are prepared, if straight truths are talked, to be hit. They feel condemned, and as though subjects had they are prepared to be offended. They are self-condemned and feel that subjects have been purposely selected to hittouch their case. They feel grieved and injured, and withdraw themselves from the assemblies of the saints. They forsake the assembling of themselves together, for then their consciences are not so disturbed. They soon lose their interest in the meetings and their love for the truth, and, unless they entirely reform, will go back and take their position with the rebel host who stand under the black banner of Satan. If all these will crucify fleshly lusts which war against the soul, they will get out of the way, where the arrows of truth will pass harmlessly by them. WBut while they indulge lustful appetite, and thus cherish their idols, they make themselves a mark for the arrows of truth to hit, and if truth is spoken at all, they must be wounded. Satan tells someSome think that they cannot reform, that health would be sacrificed should they make the attempt, and to leave the use of tea, tobacco, and flesh-meatsflesh meats. This is the suggestion of Satan. It is these hurtful stimulants whichthat are surely undermining the constitution and preparing the system for acute diseases, by impairing Nature's fine machinery, and battering down her fortifications erected against disease and premature decay. p. 70548, Para. 1, [12OT].

 Those who make a change and leave off these unnatural stimulants, will for a time feel their loss and suffer considerably without them, as does the drunkard who is wedded to his liquor. Take away intoxicating drinks, and he feelssuffers terribly. But, if he persists, he will soon overcome the dreadful lack he suffers. Nature will again come to his aid and remain at her post until he regainagain substitutes, in the place of Nature, the false prop in her place. Some have so benumbed the fine sensibilities of Nature that it may require a little time for her to recover from the abuse she has been made to suffer through the wrong and sinful habits of man, through the indulgence of an acquired, depraved appetite, which has depressed and weakened her powers. Give nNature a chance, and she will rally, and again perform her part nobly and well. The indulgenceuse of these idols,unnatural stimulants is destructive to health, and has a benumbing influence upon the brain, making it impossible to appreciate eternal things. TheyThose who cherish these idols cannot rightly value the salvation which Christ has wrought out for them by a life of self-denial, continual suffering, and reproach, and by finally yielding hHis own sinless life to save perishing man from death. p. 71549, Para. 1, [12OT].

 LIFE INSURANCE. I was shown that Sabbath-keeping Adventists should not engage in life insurance. This is a commerce with the world which God does not approve of. Those who engage in this enterprise are uniting with the world, while God calls hHis people to come out from among them and to be separate. Said the angel,: "Christ has purchased you by the sacrifice of hHis life. What!'What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost, which is in you, which ye have of God;, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price;: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. For' 'For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God; w. When Christ, who is your life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with hHim in glory.'" Here is the only life insurance which can be engaged in which Heavenheaven sanctions. p. 72549, Para. 12, [12OT].

 Life insurance is a worldly policy, which leads our brethren who engage in it to depart from the simplicity and purity of the gospel. Every such departure weakens our faith and lessens our spirituality. Said the angel,: "But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people:; that ye should show forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into hHis marvelous light." As a people, we are in a special sense the Lord's. Christ has bought us. Angels that excel in strength surround us. Not a sparrow falls to the ground without the notice of our Hheavenly Father. Even the hairs of our head are numbered. God has made provision for hHis people. He has a special care for them, and they should not distrust hHis providence by engaging in a policy with the world. p. 72550, Para. 21, [12OT].

 God designs that we should preserve in simplicity and holiness our peculiarity as a people. Those who engage in this worldly policy invest means which belongs to God, which hHe has entrusted to them to use in hHis cause, to advance hHis work. In life insurance bBut few will realize any returns from life insurance, and even these returns without God's blessing even these will prove an injury instead of a benefit. Those whom God has made hHis stewards have no right to place in the enemy's ranks thate means which hHe has entrusted to them to use in hHis cause. p. 73550, Para. 12, [12OT].

 Satan is constantly presenting inducements to God's chosen people to attract their minds from the solemn work of preparation for the scenes just in the future. He is in every sense of the word a deceiver, a skillful charmer. He clothes his plans and snares with coverings of light borrowed from Hheaven. He tempted Eve to eat of the forbidden fruit. He made by making her believe that she would be greatly advantaged by tasting of that fruitthereby. p. 73, Para. 2, [12OT].

 Satan leads his agents to engage inintroduce various inventions and patent rights, and differentother enterprises, that Sabbathkeeping Adventists, who are in haste to be rich, may fall into temptation, become ensnared, and pierce themselves through with many sorrows. He is wide awake, busily engaged in leading the world captive, and through the agenciesagency of worldlings he keeps up a continual pleasing excitement to draw the unwary who profess to believe the truth to unite with worldlings. The lust of the eye, the desire for excitement and pleasing entertainment, is a temptation and snare to God's people. Satan has many finely-wovenfinely woven, dangerous nets, covered with apparent which are made to appear innocencyt, but with which he is skillfully preparing to infatuate God's people. There are pleasing shows, entertainments, phrenological lectures, and an endless variety of enterprises, constantly arising calculated to lead the people of God to love the world and the things that are in the world. Through this union with the world, faith becomes weakened, and means are transferred to the enemy's ranks which should be invested in the cause of present truth are transferred to the enemy's ranks. Through these different channels Satan is skillfully bleedingdraining the purses of theGod's people of God, and for it the displeasure of Godthe Lord is upon them. p. 74550, Para. 13, [12OT].

 ADVERTISECIRCULATE THE PUBLICATIONS. I have been shown that we wereare not doing our duty in the direction of gratuitous circulation of small publications. There are many honest souls who wouldmight be brought where they wouldto embrace the truth by this means alone. Should there be on each copy of these small tracts an advertisement of our publications, and the place where they can be obtained, it would result inextend the circulation of the larger publications, and the Review, Instructor, and Reformer. p. 74551, Para. 21, [12OT].

 These small tracts of four, eight, or sixteen pages, can be furnished for a trifle, from a fund raised by the donations of those who have the cause at heart. When you write to a friend you can enclose one or more without increasing postage. When in conversation withyou meet persons in the cars, on the boat, or in the stage, who seem to have an ear to hear, you can hand them outa tract. TheyThese tracts should not at present be scattered promiscuously scattered at present like the autumn leaves, but should be judiciously and freely handed to those who would be likely to prize them. This will be advertisingThus our publications, and the Publishing Association, will be advertised in a manner that will result in much good. p. 75552, Para. 1, [12OT].

 KNOWLEDGE.THE “HEALTH REFORMER” The people are perishing for want of knowledge. Says the apostle,: "Add to your faith virtue,; and to virtue knowledge,." &c. ToAfter receiving the faith of the gospel the, our first work is to seek to add virtuous and pure principles, and thus cleanse the mind and heart for the reception of true knowledge. Disease of almost every description is pressing upon the people, whoyet they seem to be willing to remain in ignorantce of the means of relief, and the course to pursue to avoid disease. p. 75552, Para. 2, [12OT].

 TIn the great designestablishment of God in the Health Institute it was the design of God not only that knowledge might be imparted, not only to the comparatively few who should attendvisit it, but that the many might be instructed as to home treatment. The Health Reformer is the medium forthrough which rays of light are to shine out toupon the people. It should be the very best health journal in our country. It must be adapted to the wants of the common people, ready to answer all proper questions, and fully explain the first principles of the laws of life, and how to obey them and preserve health. The great object to be hadkept in view by the publication of such a journal should be the good of the suffering people of God. The common people, especially those too poor to attend the Institute, must be reached, and instructed by the Health Reformer. p. 76552, Para. 13, [12OT].

 THE HEALTH REFORM.INSTITUTE In the vision given me December 25, 1865, I saw that the Hhealth Rreform was a great enterprise, closely connected with the present truth, and that Seventh-day Adventists should have a home for the sick where they could be treated for their diseases, and also learn how to take care of themselves so as to prevent sickness. I saw that our people should not remain indifferent upon this subject, and leave the rich among us to go to the popular water cure institutions of the country for the recovery of health, where they would find opposition to, rather than sympathy with, their views of religious faith. Those who are reduced by disease, suffer not only for the want of physical, but also of mental and moral strength; and afflicted, conscientious Sabbath-keepers cannot receive theas much benefit at these institutions where they feel that they must be constantly guarded lest they compromise their faith, and dishonor their profession, as at an institution where itswhose physicians and conductors are in sympathy with the truths connected with the third angel's message. p. 76553, Para. 21, [12OT].

 ThoseWhen persons who have suffered greatly, andmuch from disease are relieved by an intelligent system of treatment, consisting of baths, healthful diet, proper periods of rest and exercise, and the beneficial effects of pure air, they are often led to conclude that those who successfully treat them are right in matters of religious faith, or, at least, cannot greatly err from the truth, and t. Thus if our people, if are left to go to those institutions whose physicians are corrupt in religious faith, they are in danger of being ensnared. The institution at Dansville, N. Y., I then saw (in 1865), was the best in the United States. So far as the treatment of the sick is concerned, they have been doing a great and good work; but they urge upon their patients dancing and card-playingcard playing, and recommend attendance at theaters and such places of worldly amusement, which is in direct opposition to the teachings of Christ and the apostles. p. 77553, Para. 12, [12OT].

 Those connected with the Health Institute now located at Battle Creek, should feel that they are engaged in an important and solemn work;, and in no way should they pattern after the physicians at the institution at Dansville in matters of religion and amusements. Yet, I saw that there would be danger of imitating them in many things, and losing sight of the exalted character of this great work. And should those connected with this enterprise cease to look at their work from a high religious standpoint, and descend from the exalted principles of present truth, to imitate in theory and practice those at the head of institutions where the sick are treated only for the recovery of health, and should they cease to look at their work from a high religious stand-point, the especialspecial blessing of God would not rest upon our institution any more than upon those where corrupt theories are taught and practiced. p. 77554, Para. 21, [12OT].

 I saw that a very extensive work could not be accomplished in a short time, as it would not be an easy matter to find physicians whom God could approve, and who would work together harmoniously, disinterestedly, and zealously, for the good of suffering mortals; keepinghumanity. It should ever be kept prominent that the great object to be attained through this channel is not only health, but perfection, and the spirit of holiness, which cannot be attained to with diseased bodies and minds. This object cannot be obtained merelysecured by working merely from the worldling's standpoint. p. 78, Para. 1, [12OT].

 God will raise up men and qualify them to engage in the work, not only as physicians of the body, but of the sin-sick soul, who will beas spiritual fathers to the young and inexperienced. p. 78554, Para. 2, [12OT].

 I was shown that the position of Dr. Jackson in regard to amusements was wrong, and that his views of physical exercise were not all correct. The very amusements which he recommends hinder the recovery of health in many cases, where to one that is helped by them. AndHe has to a great degree condemned physical labor for the sick, is to a great degree condemned by Dr. Jackson, which proves in many cases the greatest injury, while suchand his teaching in many cases has proved a great injury to them. Such mental exercise as playing at cards, chess, and checkers, excites and wearies the brain, and hinders recovery. L, while light and pleasant physical labor will occupy the time, improve the circulation, relieve and restore the brain, and prove a decided benefit to the health. But take from the invalid all such employment, and he becomes restless, and, with a diseased imagination, views his case as much worse than it really is, which tends to imbecility. p. 78554, Para. 3, [12OT].

 For years past I have been shown from time to time been shown that the sick should be taught that it wasis wrong to suspend all physical labor in order to regain health. In thus doing the will becomes dormant, the blood circulatesmoves sluggishly through the system sluggishly, and constantly grows more impure. Where therethe patient is in danger of the patient's imagining his case worse than it really is, indolence will be sure to produce the most unhappy results. Well-regulated labor gives the invalid the idea that he is not totally useless in the world, that he is, at least, of some benefit. This will afford him satisfaction, give him courage, and impart to him vigor, which vain, mental amusements can never do. p. 79555, Para. 1, [12OT].

 The view that those persons who have abused both their physical and mental powers, or who have broken down in either mind or in body, must, suspend activity in order to regain health, suspend activity, is a great error. In a very few cases entire rest for a short period may be necessary, but these instances are very rare. In most cases the change would be too great. Those who have broken down by intense mental labor, should have rest from wearing thought, yet to teach them that it is wrong and even dangerous for them to exercise their mental powers to a degree, and even dangerous for them to do so, would be to increase their diseased imaginations of leads them to view their condition, and lead them to view it as worse than it really is. SuchThey become still more nervous, and are a great trouble and annoyance to those who have the care of them. In this state of mind, their recovery is doubtful indeed. p. 79555, Para. 2, [12OT].

 Those who have broken down by physical exertion must have less labor, and that which is light and pleasant, and more rest. But to shut them away from all labor and exercise, would in many cases prove their ruin. The will goes with the labor of their hands, and those accustomed to labor would feel that they were only machines, to be acted upon by physicians and attendants, and the imagination would become diseased. Inactivity is the greatest curse that could come upon such. Their powers become so dormant that it is impossible for them to resist disease and languor, whichas they must do in order to regain health. p. 80556, Para. 1, [12OT].

 Dr. Jackson has made a great mistake in regard to exercise and amusements, and a still greater in his teachings of concerning religious experience and religious excitement. The experimental religion of the Bible is not detrimental to the health of body or mind. The exalting influence of the Spirit of God is the best restorative for the sick. Heaven is all health, and the more fully the heavenly influences are felt, the more sure the recovery of the believing invalid. The influence of these things has reached us as a people in some degree. Sabbath-keeping health reformers must be free from all these. Every true and real reform will bring us nearer to God and Hheaven, closer to the side of Jesus, and increase our knowledge of spiritual things, and deepen in us the holiness of Christian experience. p. 80556, Para. 2, [12OT].

 TIt is true that there are unbalanced minds that impose upon themselves fasting thatwhich the Scriptures do not teach, and prayers and privations of rest and sleep which God has never required, is true. This is why many sSuch are not prospered and sustained in their voluntary acts of righteousness. They have a pharisaical religion which is not of Christ, but of themselves. Thesey trust in their good works for salvation. They, vainly thinkhoping to earn Hheaven by their meritorious works instead of relying, as every sinner should, upon the merits of a crucified, risen, and exalted Saviour. These are almost sure to become sickly. But Christ and true godliness are health to the body and strength to the soul. p. 81556, Para. 13, [12OT].

 Let invalids do something, instead of occupying their minds with a simple play, which lowers them in their own estimation, and leads them to think their lives useless. Keep the powers of the will awake, for the will aroused and rightly directed, is a mightypotent soother of the nerves. Invalids are far happier with employmentto be employed, and their recovery is more easily effected. p. 81557, Para. 21, [12OT].

 I saw that the greatest curse that ever came upon my husband and sSister Lay, was the instructions they received at Dansville, N. Y., in regard to remaining inactive in order to recover. The imaginations of both werewas diseased, and their inactivity resulted in the thought and feeling that it would be dangerous to health and life to exercise, especially if in doing so they became weary. The machinery of the system, so seldom put in motion, lost its elasticity and strength, so that when they did exercise, their joints were stiff and their muscles were feeble;, and every move required great effort, and of course caused pain. Yet this very weariness would have proved a blessing to them, had they, irrespective of feeling or unpleasant symptoms, persevered andperseveringly resisted the disposition to follow their inclinations to inactivity. p. 82557, Para. 12, [12OT].

 I saw that it would be far better for sSister Lay to be with her family by herself; and feel the responsibilities resting upon her. This would awaken into life her dormant energies. I was shown that the broken-up condition of this dear family while at Dansville was unfavorable to the education and training of their children. These children, fFor their own good, these children should be learning to take responsibilities in household labor, and feelingshould feel that some burdens in life rest upon them. The mother, engaged in the education and training of her children, is employed in the very work which God has assigned to her, and for the sake of which hHe has in mercy heard the prayers offered for her recovery. SWhile she should shun wearing labor, butshe should above all should she avoid a life of inactivity. p. 82557, Para. 23, [12OT].

 When the vision was given me at Rochester, N. Y.ew York, I saw that it would be far better for these parents and children to form a family by themselves. The children should each do a part of the family labor, and thus obtain a valuable education which could not be obtained in any other way. Life at Dansville, or in any other place, surrounded by waiters and helpers, wasis the greatest possible injury to mothers and children. p. 83, Para. 1, [12OT].

 Jesus speaks to sinvites Sister Lay, to find rest in hHim; and to let her mind receive a healthy tone by dwelling upon heavenly things, and earnestly seeking to bring up her little flock in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. In this way she can she best assist her husband, by relieving him of the feeling that she ismust be the object of so much of his attention, care, and sympathy. p. 83558, Para. 21, [12OT].

 As to the extent of the accommodations of the Health Reform Institute at Battle Creek, I was shown, as I have before stated, that we should have such an institution, small at its commencement, and cautiously increased, as good physicians and helpers could be procured, and means raised, and as the wants of invalids should demand; and all should be conducted in harmony, strictly instrict accordance with the principles and humble spirit of the third angel's message. And as I have seen the large calculations of some, hastily urged by those who have taken a leading part in the work, I have felt alarmed, and in many private conversations and in letters, I have warned these brethren to move cautiously. My reasons for this are, that without the especialspecial blessing of God, there are several ways in which this enterprise might be hindered, for a time at least, eitherany one of which would be detrimental to the institution, and an injury to the cause. Should the physicians fail, through sickness, death, or any other cause, to fill their places, the work would be hindered till others were raised up; or should means fail to come in when extensive buildings arewere in process of erection, and the work stop for want of means, capital would be sunk, and a general discouragement would come over all interested; also there might be a lack of patients to occupy present accommodations, consequently a lack of means to meet present expenses. With all the efforts in every department, put forth in a correct and judicious manner, and with the blessing of God on all these efforts, the Iinstitution will prove a glorious success, while a single failure in any one direction might sooner or later prove a great injury. It should not be forgotten that out of many hygienic institutions started in the United States, within the last twenty-five years, but few maintain even a visible existence at the present time. p. 83558, Para. 32, [12OT].

 I have publicly appealed to our brethren in behalf of an institution to be established among us, and have spoken in the highest terms of Dr. Lay, as the man who has in the providence of God obtained an experience to act a part in this work, as physician. This I have said upon the authority of what God has shown me. If necessary, I would unhesitatingly repeat all that I have said, if necessary. I have not a feeling desire to draw back fromwithdraw one sentence that I have written or spoken. The work is of God, and must be prosecuted with a firm, yet cautious hand. p. 84559, Para. 1, [12OT].

 The Health Reform is closely connected with the work of the third message, yet it is not the message. Our preachers should teach the Health Reform, yet they should not make this the leading theme in the place of the message. Its place is among those subjects which set forth the preparatory work to meet the events brought to view by the message,; among whichthese it is prominent. We should take hold of every reform with zeal, yet should avoid giving the impression that we are vacillating, and subject to fanaticism. Our people should furnish means to meet the wants of a growing Health Institute among us, as they are able to do without giving less for the variousother wants of the cause, and l. Let the Health Reform and the Health Institute grow up among us as other worthy enterprises have grown, taking into the account our feeble strength in the past, and our greater ability to do much in a short period of time now. In this respect lLet the Health Institute grow, as other interests among us have grown, as fast as it can safely and rest upon a sure basis, and not cripple other branches of the great work, which are of equal, or of greater importance at this time. For a brother to put a large share of his property, whether he has much or little, into the Institute, so as to be unable to do as much in other directions as he otherwise should, would be wrong. And for him to do nothing would be as great a wrong. With every stirring appeal to our people for means to put into the Institute, there should have been a caution not to rob other branches of the work; especially should the liberal poor have been cautioned. Some feeble, poor men with families, without a home of their own, and too poor to go to the Institute to be treated, have put from one-fifthone fifth to one-thirdone third of all they possess into the Institute. This is wrong. Some brethren and sisters have several shares whowhen they should not have one, and should for a short time attend the Institute, having their expenses paid, wholly or partly paid in part, from the charity-fundcharity fund. I do not see the providencewisdom of God in making great calculations for the future, and letting those suffer who need help now. Move no faster, brethren, than the unmistakable providence of God opens the way before you. p. 85559, Para. 12, [12OT].

 The Health Reform is a branch of the especialspecial work of God, for the benefit of hHis people. I saw that in an Iinstitution established among us, the greatest danger would be of its managers' departing from the spirit of the present truth, and from that simplicity which should ever characterize the disciples of Christ. A warning was given me against lowering the standard of truth in any way in such an institution, in order to help the feelings of unbelievers, and thus be more sure ofsecure their patronage. The great object of receiving unbelievers into the institution is to lead them to embrace the truth. If the standard be lowered, they will get the impression that the truth is of little importance, and they will go away in a state of mind harder of access than before. p. 86560, Para. 1, [12OT].

 But the greatest evil resulting from such a course would be theits influence it would have upon the poor, afflicted, believing patients, which would affect the cause generally. They have been taught to trust in the prayer of faith, and many of them are bowed down in spirit because the prayer of faith is not now more fully answered. I saw that the reason why God did not hear the prayers of hHis servants for the sick among us more fully was, that hHe could not be glorified in so doing while they were violating the laws of health. And I also saw that hHe designed the Hhealth Rreform and Health Institute to prepare the way for the prayer of faith to be fully answered, and thus f. Faith and good works should go hand in hand in relieving the afflicted among us, and in fitting them to glorify God here, and to be saved at the coming of Christ. God forbid that these afflicted ones should ever be disappointed and grieved in finding the managers of the Institute working only from a worldly standpoint, instead of adding to the hygienic practice the blessings and virtues of nursing fathers and nursing mothers in Israel. p. 87560, Para. 12, [12OT].

 But lLet no one obtain the idea that the Institute is the place for them to come andto be raised up by the prayer of faith. That is the place to find relief from disease by treatment, and right habits of living, and to learn how to avoid sickness. But if there beis one place under the heavens more than another where the soothing, sympathizing prayer should be offered, by men and women of devotion and faith, it is at such an Iinstitute. Those who treat the sick should move forward in their important work with strong reliance upon God for hHis blessing to attend the means hwhich He has graciously provided, and to which hHe has in mercy called our attention as a people, such as pure air, cleanliness, healthful diet, proper periods of labor and repose, and the use of water. None of tThemy should have ano selfish interest outside of this important and solemn work. To care properly for the physical and spiritual interests of the afflicted people of God who have reposed almost unlimited confidence in them and have at great expense, placed themselves under their care will require their undivided attention. No one has so great a mind, or is so skillful, but that the work will be imperfect after theyhe haves done theirhis very best. p. 561, Para. 1, [1T].

 Let those to whom are committed the physical, and also to a great extent the spiritual interests of the afflicted people of God, beware how they, through worldly policy, or personal interest or a desire to be engaged in a great and popular work, or personal interest, call down upon themselves and this branch of the work in which they are engaged,cause the frown of God. NeitThery should theynot depend upon their skill alone. If the blessing, instead of the frown, of God, be upon the Iinstitution, angels will attend patients, helpers, and physicians to assist in the work of restoration, so that in the end the glory will be given to God, instead of and not to feeble, short-sighted man taking it to himself. Should these men work from a worldly policy, and should their hearts be lifted up, and they feel to say, "My power, and the might of my hand hath done this," God would leave them to work under the great disadvantages of their inferiority to other institutions in knowledge, experience, and facilities. They could not then accomplish half as much as other institutions do. p. 87562, Para. 21, [12OT].

 I saw the beneficial influence of out-door labor upon those of feeble vitality and depressed circulation, especially upon femaleswomen who have induced these conditions by too much confinement in-doors. Their blood has become impure and feeble for want of purefresh air and exercise. Instead of being held in-doors by amusements, there should be out-dooramusements to keep these persons indoors, care should be taken to provide outdoor attractions. I saw there should be connected with the Institute ample grounds, beautified with flowers, and planted with vegetables and fruits, wh. Here the feeble could find a proper amount of labor to dowork, appropriate to their sex and condition, at suitable hours. These grounds should be inunder the care of an experienced gardener, to direct all in a tasteful, orderly manner. p. 89562, Para. 12, [12OT].

 The relation which I sustain to this work demands of me an unfettered expression of my views. I speak freely, and choose this medium to speak to all interested. What appeared in Testimony No. 11 concerning the Health Institute, should not have been given until I was able to write out all I had seen in regard to it. I did not designintended to say anythingnothing upon the subject in No. 11, and sent all the manuscript that I designed for that Testimony, from Ottawa Co.County, where I was then laboring, to the Ooffice at Battle Creek, stating that I wished them to hasten out that little work, as it was much needed, and as soon as possible I would write No. 12, in which I designed to speak freely and fully concerning the Institute. The brethren at Battle Creek who were especially interested in the Institute, knew I had seen that our people should cast incontribute of their means to establish such an institution. They therefore delayed the publication of No. 11 to wriote to me that the influence of my testimony in regard to the Institute was needed to immediately to move the brethren upon the subject, and that the publication of No. 11 would waitbe delayed till I could write. p. 562, Para. 3, [1T].

 This was a great trial to me, as I knew I could not write out all I had seen, for I was then speaking to the people six or eight times a week, visiting from house to house, and writing hundreds of pages of personal testimonies and private letters. This amount of labor, with unnecessary burdens and trials thrown upon me, unfitted me for labor of any kind. My health was poor, and my mental sufferings were beyond description. Under these circumstances I yielded my judgment to that of others, and wrote what appeared in No. 11 in regard to the Health Institute, being unable then to give all I had seen. In this I did wrong. I must be allowed to know my own duty better than others can know it for me, especially onconcerning matters which God has revealed to me. I shall be blamed by some for speaking as I now speak. Others will blame me for not speaking before. The disposition manifested to crowd the matter of the Institute so fast has been one of the heaviest trials I have ever borne. If all those who have used my testimony to move the brethren, had been equally moved by it themselves, I should be better satisfied. Should I delay longer to speak my views and feelings, I should be blamed the more by both by those who think I should have spoken sooner; and by those also who may think I should not give any cautions. For the good of those at the head of the work, for the good of the cause and the brethren, and to save myself great trials, I have freely spoken. p. 89563, Para. 21, [12OT].

 EXTRACTS FROM LETTERS.HEALTH AND RELIGION** [The**The two following extracts are from letters which I addressed to those at the head of the Health Institute, the first one, the first of May, 1867, and the second, in June following.] p. 91, Para. 1, [12OT].

 FIRST EXTRACT. "A Health Institution God would have564, Para. 1, [1T].

 God would have a health institution established which will in its influence be closely connected with the closing work for mortals fitting for immortality;, one that wouldwill have no tendency to weaken the religious principles of old or young, and which wouldwill not improve the health of the body to the detriment of spiritual growth. The great object of this Iinstitution should be to improve the health of the body, that the afflicted mightmay more highly appreciate eternal things. If this object is not continually set before the mind, and efforts are not made to this end, it will prove a curse instead of a blessing, spirituality will be regarded as a secondary thing, and the health of the body and diversion will be made primary. p. 91564, Para. 2, [12OT].

 "I saw that the high standard should not be lowered a particlein the least in order that the Iinstitution mightmay be patronized by unbelievers. If anyunbelievers choose to come while theits conductors of the Institution occupy the exalted spiritual position which God designs they should, there will be a power that will affect their hearts of unbelievers, and w. With God and angels on their side and angels enlisted, hHis commandment-keeping people can but prosper. This Iinstitution is not to be established for the object of gain and to accumulate, but to aid in bringing God's people into such a condition of physical and mental health as will enable them to rightly appreciate eternal things, and to correctly value the redemption so dearly purchased by the sufferings of our Saviour. This Iinstitution is not to be made a place for diversion or amusement. Those who cannot live unless they have excitement and diversion, will be of no use to the world; none are made better for their living. They might just as well be out of the world as to be in it. p. 91564, Para. 3, [12OT].

 "I saw that the view that spirituality is a detriment to health, which Dr. Jackson sought to instill into the minds of others, that spirituality was a detriment to the health of the body, wasis but the sophistry of the Ddevil. Satan found his way into Eden and made Eve believe that she needed something more than that which God had given for her happiness, that the forbidden fruit would have a special exhilarating influence upon her body and mind, whichand would exalt her even to be equal with God in knowledge. But the knowledge and benefit she thought to gain wasproved to her a terrible curse. p. 92565, Para. 1, [12OT].

 "There are persons with a diseased imaginations;imagination to whom religion is to them, a tyrant, to ruleruling them as with a rod of iron. With sSuch it is are constantly mourning over their depravity, and groaning over supposed evil. Love does not exist in their hearts; a frown is ever upon their countenances. They are chilled withby the innocent laugh from the youth, or from any oneanyone. They consider it a sin to haveall recreation or amusement. T a sin and think that the mind must be constantly wrought up to just such a stern, severe pitch. This is one extreme. Others think that the mind must be ever on the stretch to invent new amusements and diversiondiversions in order to gain health. They learn to depend on outward excitement, and are uneasy without it. Such are not true Christians. They go to another extreme. The true principles of Christianity open before all a source of happiness;, the height and depth, the length and breadth of itwhich are immeasurable. It is Christ in us a well of water springing up into everlasting life. It is a continual wellspring thatfrom which the Christian can drink fromat will and never exhaust the fountain. p. 92565, Para. 2, [12OT].

 "WhatThat which brings sickness of body and mind to nearly all, is dissatisfied feelings and discontented repinings. They have not God, they have not the hope which reaches to that within the vaeil, which is as an anchor to the soul both sure and steadfast. All withwho possess this hope will purify themselves even as hHe is pure, and will not have the. Such are free from restless longings, the repinings, theand discontent,; the lack of love, they are not continually looking for evil and brooding over borrowed trouble,. But we see many who are having a time of trouble beforehand, with; anxiety is stamped upon every feature with; they seem to find no consolation, but have a continual, fearful looking for of some dreadful evil. p. 93566, Para. 1, [12OT].

 "God is dishonored by such. TSuch dishonor God, and bring the religion of Christ is brought into disrepute. SuchThey have not true love for God, nor love for their companions norand children. Their affections of such arehave become morbid. But vain amusements will never correct the minds of such. They need the transforming influence of the Spirit of God in order to be happy, and. They need to be benefitted withby the mediation of Christ, andin order to realize consolation, divine and substantial. "For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile. L: let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it. For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and hHis ears are open unto their prayers;: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.' p. 93, Para. 2, [12OT].

 "" Those who have an experimental knowledge of the abovethis scriptures are truly happy. They will consider the approbation of hHeaven higherof more worth than any earthly amusement; Christ in them the hope of glory, will be health to the body and strength to the soul. p. 566, Para. 2, [1T].

 The simplicity of the gospel is fast disappearing from professed Sabbath-keepers. How can God prosper us, I enquireinquire a hundred times a day, How can God prosper us? There is but little praying. PIn fact, prayer is almost obsolete. How little praying, how little bearingFew are willing to bear the cross of Christ, who bore the shameful cross for us. p. 94, Para. 1, [12OT].

 "I cannot feel that things are moving at that Institutione Institute as God would have them move. I fear that hHe will turn hHis face from it. I was shown that physicians and helpers should be of the highest order. T, those who have an experimental knowledge of the truth, who will command respect, and whose word can be relied on. They should be persons whose imaginations are not diseasedwho have not a diseased imagination, persons who have perfect control of themselvesselfcontrol, who are not fitful or changeable, persons who are free from jealousy and evil surmisings;, persons who have a power of will that will not yield to slight indispositions; persons, who are unprejudiced, who will think no evil, unprejudiced, who think and move calmly, considerately, having the glory of God, and the good of others ever before them. Never should one be exalted to any responsible position to gratify them or because they desire it, but because they are qualified and have the fitnessmerely because he desires it. Those only should be chosen who are qualified for the position. Those who haveare to bear responsibilities upon them, should first be proved and give evidence that they are free from jealousy, that they will not be of that kind who will take a dislike to this or that one, while they will have a few favored friends, taking and take no notice of others. God grant that theyall may move just right in that Iinstitution." p. 94566, Para. 23, [12OT].

 SECOND EXTRACT. "WORK AND AMUSEMENTS Dear Bro.Brother Lay:--My My mind has been exercised considerably exercised upon one or two points. When I get where I am writing letters to you night after night in my sleep, I then think it time to carry out my convictions of duty. When I was shown that Dr. Jackson erred in some things in regard to the instructions he gave to his patients, I saw that you had received the same ideas in many things, and that the time would come when you would see correctly in regard to the matter. These are concerning work and amusements. I was shown in nine cases out of ten that it would prove more beneficial to most patients to allow light work, and even to urge it upon most of the patientsthem, would prove more beneficial than to urge them to remain inactive and idle. There needs to be aIf the power of the will be kept active, which is the greatest help to recover the health, and to arouse the dormant faculties, it will be the greatest help to recover health. Remove all labor from those who have been overtaxed all their lives, and in nine cases out of ten the change will provebe an injury. This instruction has proved one oftrue in the greatest injuries tocase of my husband. I was shown that physical, out-door exercise wasis far preferable to in-door; but if this cannot be brought aboutsecured, light indoor employment would occupy and divert the mind, and prevent it from dwelling upon symptoms and little ailments and symptoms, and willwould also prevent homesickness. p. 567, Para. 1, [1T].

 This do-nothing system, I saw, had been the greatest curse to your wife and my husband. God gave employment to the first pair in Eden; because hHe knew that they would be happier thuswhen employed. From what has been shown me, this do-nothing system is a curse to soul and body. Light employment will not excite or tax the mind or strength any more than amusements. The sick often get where they look at their poor feelings, and often think themselves utterly unable to do anything, when I saw, if they would arouse the will and compel themselves every day to do an amount of physical labor every day, they would be far happier, and improve much faster. I shall write more fully upon this point hereafter." p. 95568, Para. 1, [12OT].

 Note. I understand from a recent Rochester paper that "card-playing"card playing is no longer practiced as an amusement at "Our Home" in Dansville, N. Y. p. 95, Para. 2, [12OT].

 the institution in -----. E.G.W., note to first edition. p. 568, Para. 2, [1T].

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