An Interview with Sister White at St. Helena, June 8, 1910.
There was a
reproof given to Daniells and Prescott at the time of the General
Conference at Washington. Prescott wanted to work himself and his ideas
into the minds of the people. If he did, I know that he would work
himself out. We have a testing message to give to the people, and we do
not want to get the people stirred up about a little item that does not
affect our salvation. What they are doing is to try and work up a lot of
jots and tittles.
I was shown
Prescott’s case, and saw that he ought to be engaged in better
business. There was a paper presented to us that he was looking over,
and he was working over it and trying to find something that was
different from what other people had. There was nothing in it that was
of any effect to the people; and therefore they ought to spend their
time in spreading the message, and in doing the work that should be done
in the cities.
They had to be
getting up something new, and of course by doing so they would not give
the older brethren in the cause any chance to say anything that these
older brethren knew about the early days of the message. In the work
they are doing they are taking up hours and hours of the time of the
people, and it all does not amount to anything. We have a life and death
question to settle, and what is needed is to teach the people how to
meet this great vital testing message.
When they did not
accept my message of reproof I knew what they would do and I knew what
Daniells would do in getting the people all stirred up. I have not
written to Prescott because his wife is so very sick, and so did not
feel like writing to him at the present time. Daniells was here to see
me, and I would not see him on any point, and I would not have anything
say to him about
anything. About this daily that they are trying to work up, there
is nothing in it, and it is not a testing point of character. What we
want is to know about the things which are vital, and which affect our
There is no need
of anything of this kind being taken up at all with the people; they
will get the people off the real vital work of the message, and there is
nothing of any consequence in this thing they are agitating.
I have just been
writing to Elder Daniells to get the work done in the cities. This is
the work that ought to be done, and they are not to bother with these
other things. When I was at Washington there seemed to be something that
just encased their minds, and I could not seem to touch them. We are to
have nothing to do with this question of the daily; we are to
have our minds on more vital points of the message.
When I gave them
my message and saw the way they treated it, I knew that the Lord would
work against them. I knew they would work against my message, and then
the people would not think there was anything in my message. They are
taking the minds of the people off the testing message for this time. I
have written to him, and told him that he was showing himself not fit to
be President of this General Conference. He was showing that he was not
the man to keep the Presidency.
If this message
of the daily were a testing message the Lord would have shown me.
These people do not see the end from the beginning in this thing. This
work they are doing is to divide the people of God, and to take their
minds off the testing truths for these last times. I utterly refuse to
see any of them who are engaged in this work.
The light that
was given me of God is that Brother Daniells has stood in the Presidency
long enough. He was there as long as God wanted him there. When he comes
here and switches the people off as he
has, the Lord has
no more use for him as the President of the General Conference, and I
was told not to have any more conversations with him about any of these
I would not see
Daniells about the matter, and I would not have one word with him. They
pled with me that I would give him an interview, but I would not give
him any at all. They have stirred up the minds of the people about these
God is testing
these men, and they are showing how they are standing the test, and how
they stand with regard to the Testimonies. They have shown by their
actions how much confidence they have in the Testimonies. I was told to
warn our people not to have anything to do with this thing they are
teaching. They are to give no attention to it at all, as there is
nothing in it that amounts to a single thing; they must have something
that no one else has. There is no test about this matter; there is no
life and death question about it, its purpose is simply to distract the
mind, and to divert the attention away from the truth for this time. You
see there is nothing to it, and the light that was given to me was that
I was forbidden of the Lord to listen to it.
I have expressed
myself as not having a particle of confidence in it. I saw how that they
had a paper in their hands, and they wanted to get a hearing on this
question at Loma Linda; but I saw I had nothing to do with it, and there
was nothing to be done about it.
I saw why it was
that Daniells was rushing this thing through from place to place; for he
knew that I would work against it. That is why I know they did not stand
the testing. I knew they would not receive it. The time has come when
his Presidency should come to an end. He has been in too long. This
whole thing they are doing is a scheme of the devil. He has been
president too long, and should not be there any longer.