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Ellen G. White: The Later Elmshaven Years: 1905-1915 (vol. 6), Page 189

Chapter 15—Attending the General Conference of 1909

From an early date Ellen White seemed to be rather certain that she would attend the 1909 General Conference session to be held in Washington, D.C. The time appointed was May 13 to June 6. This was very different from her experience in 1901, 1903, and 1905, when in each case she hesitated, sometimes for weeks, not knowing whether she should go. As early as September, 1908, she wrote, “I expect to attend the next General Conference in Washington.”—Letter 274, 1908. In November she was discussing the best route to take. “But,” she told Edson, “I dare not move in any action according to my own judgment.” She added, “We will watch unto prayer, and seek to know the will of the Lord. I will trust myself in His hands, and I know that He will work for me.”—Letter 334, 1908.

In late February, 1909, she wrote to Sister Gotzian that “I am expected to attend the coming conference in Washington.”—Letter 48, 1909. As the time approached she wrote Edson on March 30:

We have decided our family party—Sara McEnterfer, Minnie Hawkins, W.C.W., and your mother—will leave next Monday.... We must go to Los Angeles and direct from there to Paradise Valley, stay a couple of days and then visit Loma Linda, and then on to College View and then to Nashville. I think this is the route. Then to Washington.—Letter 183, 1909.

Instead of dread there was anticipation as the trip was planned. Earlier in the year she had spoken of “relief and success, and joy in many lines of the work” (Letter 16, 1909). “I do not dread the

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