Ellen G. White Writings

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Manuscript Releases, vol. 5 [Nos. 260-346], Page 378

Early this morning we were called up to go to Brother Loughborough's. They think their child is dying. Dress hastily and go to the afflicted family. The little one was dying....

This is a dark, dreary world. The whole human family are subject to disease, sorrow, and death.—Manuscript 1, 1860. (Diary, January 2, 1860.)

If you had left off tobacco entirely and never touched that filthy weed after you had started the last time, your appetite for strong drink you could the more readily have subdued.—Letter 1, 1861. (To Victory Jones, January, 1861.)

I have been thinking long and patiently upon what you said to me in regard to your wearing hoops. I am prepared to answer: Do not put on hoops by any means. I believe that God will have His people distinct from the nations around them. They are peculiar and should we strive to abolish or put away every sign that marks us as peculiar? No, no; let us preserve the signs which distinguish us in dress, as well as articles of faith. By putting on hoops, however small, you not only give countenance, but a powerful influence to this ridiculous fashion, and you place yourself where you could not reprove those who may choose to wear the larger hoops. Stand clear from this disgusting fashion. My mouth is open. I shall speak plain upon hoops in the next Review.—Letter 5, 1861. (To Mary Loughborough, June 6, 1861.)

Many interpret the visions to suit their own peculiar ideas, and God is grieved, His church weakened, and the cause dishonored by childish

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