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Manuscript Releases, vol. 13 [Nos. 1000-1080], Page 341

MR No. 1064—Counsel to J. N. Andrews

[This testimony most likely was written in 1872. As was often the case, Ellen White was called upon to give messages of counsel and correction to those with whom she worked closely and esteemed highly. Though this letter calls attention to Elder Andrews’ weaknesses, at another time, reporting to our European believers, Mrs. White declared concerning Elder Andrews, “We sent you the best man among us.—White Trustees.]

God has committed to us each sacred trusts, for which He holds us accountable. It is His purpose that we so educate the mind as to enable us to bring into exercise the talents He has given us, in such a manner as will accomplish the greatest good and reflect back the glory to the Giver. We are indebted to God for all the qualities of the mind. These powers can be cultivated and so discreetly directed and controlled as to accomplish the purpose for which God gave them.

Brother Andrews, you can so educate your mind as to bring out the energies of the soul and develop every faculty, that they may accomplish the purpose for which they were given. The intellect may be strengthened by every faculty being exercised. You, my brother, are not doing the greatest amount of good, because you exercise the intellect in one direction but neglect to give careful attention to these things for which you think you are not adapted; therefore, some faculties that are weak are lying dormant for want of exercise, because the work that should call them into exercise and consequently give them strength, is not pleasant to you.

All the faculties should be cultivated, all the powers of the mind exercised. Perception, judgment, memory, and all the reasoning powers should have equal strength in order to have a well-balanced mind. In that case you would be a whole man. Otherwise you are in danger of being but a

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