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Ellen G. White: The Later Elmshaven Years: 1905-1915 (vol. 6), Page 377

number of matters in southern California, including a visit to Paradise Valley Sanitarium. She passed her eighty-fifth birthday quietly at Loma Linda.

On the journey north she spoke in Los Angeles; she reported that at the close of the meeting, friends and some of her old acquaintances expressed pleasure “that I could still speak with such clearness.” “I was thankful that I had moved out in faith,” she remarked, “for the Spirit of the Lord came upon me, and the grace of Christ sustained me.”—Letter 2, 1912. This was the last time her voice was to be heard in southern California—a triumphant climax.

Later Life Brought No Despondency

As the year 1912 opened, she wrote to Edson: “Be of good courage.... The Lord is rich in resources.” And she admonished, “Never write failure.”—Letter 40, 1912.

In December she wrote encouragingly to her longtime friend George W. Amadon, for many years factory superintendent of the Review and Herald.

We received your letter, and I have only encouraging words to write you in reply. I can sympathize with you in your feelings of doubt and perplexity, for there are times when Satan seeks to bring to me the same trouble of mind, and I have to guard myself, that the tempter may not gain the advantage....

Brother Amadon, rest in the promises of God. When your mind is clouded because of physical weakness, do not try to think. You know that Jesus loves you. He understands your weakness. You may do His will by simply resting in His arms.... I send these words to you in the hope that they may bring courage and faith to your heart. Christ is all-merciful; and He is your Redeemer. He has not forgotten you.—Letter 44, 1912.

In this letter to a fellow worker some five years younger than she, we see reflected Ellen White's philosophy in her sunset years. There was no bitterness, no uncertainty, no despondency, only confident trust. She knew in whom she believed.

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