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Manuscript Releases, vol. 13 [Nos. 1000-1080], Page 120

MR No. 1016—Encouragement for a New Believer to Trust Christ and Believe the Testimonies

I received your letter today, and, after reading it, wished very much that I could be with you and talk with you.

My nephew, Frank Belden, has written me several letters regarding matters in Battle Creek, but these letters I have not read, for his own sake and for the sake of those who, when I send the reproofs that God gives, are liable to be tempted to think and say, “Somebody has told her or written to her.” I shall not read these letters of Frank Belden's now, and perhaps not at all. It is not best.

Notwithstanding all the evidence that men have had that the testimonies given me are of God, when their own plans are interrupted and hindered by these testimonies, they say, “Somebody has told her.” The testimonies cannot help those whose faith is of this texture, and I am obliged to lose confidence in them as trustworthy men who will be true to themselves and to God.

I know that matters in Battle Creek are in a most precarious condition. For two months recently I suffered great distress of mind. For more than a month I was unable to sleep past twelve o'clock, except once or twice. At a

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