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Selected Messages Book 3, Page 94

Chapter 13—The Testimonies for the Church

1855 Vision Published in First Testimony. [The publication of the November 20, 1855, vision and the May 27, 1856, vision in 16-page pamphlets titled “Testimony for the Church,” was initiated by eyewitnesses in the Battle Creek church, as noted in each pamphlet: “We the undersigned, being eyewitnesses when the above vision was given, deem it highly necessary that it should be published, for the benefit of the church, on account of the important truths and warnings which it contains. Signed: Jos. Bates, J. H. Waggoner, G. W. Amadon, M.E. Cornell, J. Hart, Uriah Smith.”—Testimony for the Church No. 1, 1855], p. 8.

“To the saints scattered abroad.—The foregoing testimony was given in the presence of about one hundred brethren and sisters assembled in the house of prayer, on whose minds it apparently made a deep impression. It has since been read before the church at Battle Creek, who gave their unanimous vote in favor of its publication for the benefit of the saints scattered abroad. Signed: Cyrenius Smith, J. P. Kellogg.”—Testimony for the Church [No. 2, 1856 ed.] November 20, 1855, while in prayer, the spirit of the Lord came suddenly and powerfully upon me, and I was taken off in vision. I saw that the spirit of the Lord has been dying away from the church.—Testimonies for the Church 1:113.

Sent Out by the Author Without Change—I have sent out (postpaid) to brethren in different States about 150 copies of “Testimony for the Church.” It can be had by addressing me at Battle Creek, Michigan. I shall be happy to hear from those who may receive it. Those who would encourage the circulation of such

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