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Ellen G. White: The Early Years: 1827-1862 (vol. 1), Page 476

Chapter 32—(1862) The Year 1862 Closes on an Upbeat

At the weekend conference held in Battle Creek in connection with the annual meeting of the Seventh-day Adventist Publishing Association in October, 1861, those who attended hammered out the basis on which local churches could be organized. They proceeded to organize the Battle Creek church and then the Michigan State Conference. Then the following action was taken:

Resolved, That the first session of the Michigan State Conference of Seventh-day Adventists be held at Monterey, Michigan, October 5-8, 1862.—The Review and Herald, October 8, 1861.

First Annual Session of the Michigan State Conference

An early call for this conference session was published in late August, “that all the churches may have ample time for the election and instruction of their delegates” (The Review and Herald, August 26, 1862). As the time neared, a cordial invitation was extended not only to church members in Michigan but to ministers and believers from other States as well. In anticipation of the conference to be held in Monterey, completion was hastened of the “commodious house of worship.” It was forty by sixty feet (Ibid., September 16, 1862). Those attending the conference were urged to come “expecting to stay till Tuesday morning, as the business of the [publishing] association and conference will probably hold till Monday night” (Ibid.). There was some misgiving that this conference, being held somewhat

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