Ellen G. White Writings

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Lift Him Up, Page 9

1856, SpringMoved into their own cottage on Wood Street.
1858, March 14“Great Controversy” vision at Lovett's Grove, Ohio.
1860, September 20Fourth son, John Herbert, born.
1860, December 14Death of John Herbert at three months.

Years of Church Development, 1860-1868

The 1860s saw Ellen White and her husband in the forefront of the struggle to organize the Seventh-day Adventist Church into a stable institution. The decade was also crucial in that it encompassed the beginnings of Adventist health emphasis. Responding to Mrs. White's appeal, the church as a body began to see the importance of healthful living in the Christian life. In response to her “Christmas Vision” of 1865, our first health institution, the Western Health Reform Institute, was opened in 1866. The institute later grew into the Battle Creek Sanitarium.

1860, October 1Name Seventh-day Adventist chosen.
1861, October 8Michigan Conference organized.
1863, MayOrganization of General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
1863, June 6Health reform vision at Otsego, Michigan.
1863, December 8Death of eldest son, Henry Nichols, at Topsham, Maine.
1864, SummerPublication of Spiritual Gifts, volume 4, with thirty-page article on health.
1864, August-SeptemberVisit to James C. Jackson's medical institution, Our Home on the Hillside, Dansville, New York, en route to Boston, Massachusetts.
1865Publication of six pamphlets, Health: or How to Live.
1865, August 16James White stricken with paralysis.
1865, December 25Vision calling for a medical institution.
1865, DecemberMrs. White takes James White to northern Michigan as an aid to his recovery.
1866, September 5Opening of Western Health Reform Institute, forerunner of Battle Creek Sanitarium.
1867Purchased a farm at Greenville, Michigan, and built a home and engaged in farming and writing.

The Camp Meeting Years, 1868-1881

Residing at Greenville and Battle Creek, Michigan, respectively, until late 1872, and then dividing her time between Michigan and California, Ellen White spent her winters writing and publishing. During the summer she attended camp meetings, some years as many as 28! Testimonies, numbers 14-30, now found in Testimonies, volumes 2-4, were published during these years.

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