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Life Sketches of Ellen G. White, Page 399

Chapter 54—In Southern California

“All our medical institutions are established as Seventh-day Adventist institutions, to represent the various features of gospel medical missionary work, and thus to prepare the way for the coming of the Lord,” (Testimonies for the Church 7:107) wrote Mrs. White in 1903, when the development of medical missionary work in southern California was under consideration.

“If we are to go to the expense of building sanitariums in order that we may work for the salvation of the sick and afflicted, we must plan our work in such a way that those we desire to help will receive the help they need. We are to do all in our power for the healing of the body; but we are to make the healing of the soul of far greater importance. Those who come to our sanitariums as patients are to be shown the way of salvation, that they may repent, and hear the words, Thy sins are forgiven thee; go in peace and sin no more.” Testimonies for the Church 7:96.

It was because of extraordinary opportunities presenting themselves for the winning of souls, that Mrs. White bore a decided testimony in favor of establishing a group of medical institutions in southern California. “From the light given me when I was in Australia, and renewed since I came to America,” she wrote in 1902, “I know that our work in southern California must advance more rapidly. The people flocking to that place in search of health must hear the last message of mercy....

“From many places in southern California the light

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