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Ellen G. White: The Early Elmshaven Years: 1900-1905 (vol. 5), Page 119

Chapter 9—In the Din of the Battle

Now back at home, Ellen White was weary. Her throat was sore and she could hardly speak. But it was good to be home again. She had been gone since late winter, and it was now early summer. As she looked at her Elmshaven farm, she found the grapevines had fruit setting heavily, but as to the prunes, there were two thousand trees and not a prune in sight! The fruit buds had been frozen in the April frost.

“‘Well,’” she said, “‘I thank God that it is not anything I have done that has brought this about.’” Then, always looking for a cheerful side even in calamity, she added, “‘I thank the Lord that we shall not have the trouble and care of gathering the prunes.’”—Letter 49, 1901.

This would have been her first prune crop, and this loss was one she would feel, but she said, “Let us not complain. Let there be no complaints in our mouth.... Talk not darkness; talk light.”— Ibid.

Ellen White was badly mistaken in her thought that she could hide away in a comfortable and convenient place and devote her unbroken attention to her writings and the issuance of her books. Her advancing years drove her to the conviction that this must be, but the needs of the cause as she observed things, and the enlightenment that visions imparted to her, led her into the field. The year 1901 is the story of these divided interests, with the demands of the field largely the winner. Not even with the General Conference session over was she able to turn immediately to her book work.

During the first night Ellen White spent in her home in three

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