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Ellen G. White: The Later Elmshaven Years: 1905-1915 (vol. 6), Page 166

Elder W. W. Prescott, in the Review and Herald of February 27, wrote of his appreciation of “the hospitality of her home” and of his pleasure in finding “Sister White enjoying a reasonable degree of health” as she continued her work. Prescott, whose home base was Washington, D.C., was in the West to attend the biennial session of the Pacific Union Conference, held in the chapel at St. Helena Sanitarium, January 17-25. J. N. Loughborough who had long labored on the West Coast, wrote in his report of this “powerful and harmonious meeting“:

Sister White was able to speak to us with great power on two occasions. In the first of these she set forth the importance of the work in the cities, and in the Southern field of the United States. In her second talk she set before us the aid of temperance in the carrying out of a true spirit of patience, godliness, and brotherly kindness.—The Review and Herald, February 27, 1908.

In his days at Elmshaven following the session, Prescott was one of several ministers who met at the Elmshaven office to discuss a question coming into prominence—the meaning of the “daily” brought to view in Daniel 8. As will be noted in a later chapter, this subject would come into more prominence over the next two or three years.

As the time approached for the regular session of the California Conference, January 31 to February 5, Ellen White had counseled that changes in leadership should be made, and suggested that Elder Haskell might well be called to serve as president. As the president in his report at the opening of the session suggested, “A change in the conference management must take place.” Haskell was elected (Pacific Union Recorder, February 20, 1908).

One of Haskell's first moves toward bringing unity and spiritual uplift in this important conference with a membership of 4,350 (Ibid., February 13, 1908) was to call a Bible institute in Oakland for the first two full weeks of March. Ellen White was invited to participate and, although she was “not in as good health” as she could wish, she went down to Oakland the day before the institute opened (Letter 84, 1908). She spoke six times during the two-week meeting, including the Sabbath-morning sermon on March 14, in the newly constructed Oakland church.

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