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Ellen G. White: The Lonely Years: 1876-1891 (vol. 3), Page 160

head and not the tail in the movement; but now the position you have taken will place you at the tail.—In DF 274, “The Des Moines, Iowa, Temperance Experience.”

“‘Shall we vote for prohibition?’ she asked. ‘Yes, to a man, everywhere,’ she replied, ‘and perhaps I shall shock some of you if I say, If necessary, vote on the Sabbath day for prohibition if you cannot at any other time.’”— Ibid.

Writing of the experience—in an account Ellen White endorsed—Starr declared:

I can testify that the effect of the relation of that dream was electrical upon the whole conference. A convincing power attended it, and I saw for the first time the unifying power of the gift of prophecy in the church.— Ibid.

Before the Whites came onto the grounds in Iowa, an action had been taken at the business meeting, leaving out the words “by vote.” Apparently Ellen White's Sunday afternoon address—which, if it ran true to form, was on temperance—led to a reopening of the question, and the call upon Ellen White for counsel. The action, passed after she gave counsel, read:

Resolved, That we express our deep interest in the temperance movement now going forward in this State; and that we instruct all our ministers to use their influence among our churches and with the people at large to induce them to put forth every consistent effort, by personal labor, and at the ballot box, in favor of the prohibitory amendment of the Constitution, which the friends of temperance are seeking to secure.—The Review and Herald, July 5, 1881.

From Iowa, James and Ellen White went to the Wisconsin camp meeting. It was their plan to attend the Minnesota meeting also, but division of feelings between Butler and Haskell on the one hand, and James White on the other, led the Whites to withdraw instead and hasten back from Wisconsin to Battle Creek. It had been Ellen's hope that as she and James attended these camp meetings there could be a drawing together and reconciliation.

There was another matter that also gave her deep concern. This was that the two leading men in the General Conference were doing little to exert a right influence on the Sanitarium, which she

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