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Manuscript Releases, vol. 5 [Nos. 260-346], Page 64

MR No. 273—Health and Spirituality

God holds every one responsible for the influence that surrounds his soul, on his own account, and on the account of others. He calls upon young men and young women to be strictly temperate and conscientious in the use of their faculties of mind and body.... Avoid exciting the brain. Too much study stimulates the brain and increases the flow of blood to it. The sure result of this is depravity. The brain cannot be unduly excited without producing impure thoughts and actions. The whole nervous system is affected, and this leads to impurity. The physical and mental powers are depraved, and the temple of the Holy Spirit is defiled. The evil practices are communicated, and the consequences cannot be estimated. I am compelled to speak plainly on this subject. 5MR 64.1

The proportionate taxation of the powers of mind and body will prevent the tendency to impure thoughts and actions. Teachers should understand this.—Letter 145, 1897, pp. 7, 8. (To W. C. White, August 15, 1897.) 5MR 64.2

Christ began the work of redemption just where the ruin began—upon the point of appetite.—Letter 90, 1898, p. 8. (To Dr. J. H. Kellogg, October 20, 1898.) 5MR 64.3

Men will never be truly temperate until the grace of God is an abiding principle in the heart. All the pledges in the world will not make you or your wife health reformers. No mere restriction of your diet will cure your diseased appetite. Brother and Sister ----- will not practice temperance in 5MR 64.4

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