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Ellen G. White: The Later Elmshaven Years: 1905-1915 (vol. 6), Page 269

she may occasionally attend general meetings and bear her testimony.

Instead of receiving presents today, Mother has taken occasion on her eighty-second birthday to give us instruction to see that all our intermediate schools are supplied with a good set of her books. During the summer we have been supplying the sanitariums with her books, and now we shall gladly take up the work of seeing that the intermediate schools are supplied....

Yesterday Mother told us that she did not want any demonstration of any sort on her birthday and that she did not want any presents of any sort from anybody. So we are working along today as usual.

The next Sabbath, November 27, Ellen White spoke at the Sanitarium chapel, and then on Sunday she slipped away from her writing for an hour or two to join Willie and a portion of his family in picking Japanese persimmons from the trees in his orchard just across the creek from her home. There together, side by side, were Ellen White, her son William and his wife, May, grandson Arthur and his sister Grace, and great-grandson Virgil with his mother, Ella (WCW to J. E. White, December 5, 1909).

Ellen White observed with a great deal of satisfaction that the Lord was sustaining her and blessing her in a marked manner in her public ministry. She felt that she was especially blessed in her work in Lodi, and when Elder Haskell asked her to assist with the Week of Prayer meetings in Mountain View and Oakland in mid-December, she assented, and ministered helpfully in the two churches.

Back home again, Ellen White took up her writing and book work. A letter addressed to Dr. Kress opens, “The Lord has strengthened me to attend important meetings in Mountain View. I know the Lord gave me words to give to the people.” With her heart still burdened for a stronger evangelistic thrust, she wrote: “Seed sowing must cover more territory.” “Sow the seeds of gospel truth in all places possible and there will be new and interesting fields open in a variety of places.”—Letter 182, 1909.

Writing to another worker in the East, late in December she declared, “I expect to visit Mountain View again in a few weeks, at the time of the union conference.”—Letter 174, 1909. It was a crucial meeting, and she was there.

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