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1 1 On the way to Dansville, New York, for Elder White is sick! Lesson 46 Organizing for Service for Elder White is sick! Lesson 46 Organizing for Service

2 2 James White

3 3 As a youth, James White was not a strong child. He had seizures and his eyesight was so poor that he could not attend school.

4 4 But his eyesight improved when he was 19, he was able to attend school. He obtained a certificate qualifying him to teach, but he wanted to preach!

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6 6 In 1846 he married Ellen Harmon. After they had been married nineteen years, James had a major stroke. A stroke occurs when the blood supply to a portion of the brain becomes blocked. In Elder Whites case, the part of the brain controlling his right arm was deprived of circulation.

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8 8 This occurred one morning when James and Ellen were taking an early morning walk. While in a neighbors garden, he found he could not raise his right arm. Instead, the arm dangled at his side. In addition, his speech became slurred and indistinct. James had just turned forty-four.

9 9 Sister White was able to help him back to the house, where they immediately began to pray. In answer to their prayers, James was soon able to use his arm and to speak more clearly, but the use of his right hand was only partially restored, and other problems continued.

10 10 For the first five weeks, Sister White cared for her husband at home, then they went to a health institute in Dansville, New York, so he could receive water treatments. The Whites stayed at Dansville for three months.

11 11 As you can see, the sanatorium was nestled on a hill, amid natural surroundings. It also had its own supply of spring water. The sanatorium offered hydrotherapy, electric baths, salt water baths, steam baths, etc. As you can see, the sanatorium was nestled on a hill, amid natural surroundings. It also had its own supply of spring water. The sanatorium offered hydrotherapy, electric baths, salt water baths, steam baths, etc.

12 12 Moliere bath, similar to a Turkish, or steam, bath

13 13 Electric bath

14 14 Hot air bath, or reclining steam bath

15 15 Fresh air on the rooftop

16 16 Small dining room

17 17 Main dining room

18 18 Enjoying the sunshine

19 19 Guest room

20 20 Dr. Jackson bids good-bye to a patient.

21 21 Jackson Sanatorium

22 22 Jackson Sanatorium today

23 23 Cottage at Jackson Sanatorium

24 24 Original Jackson Sanatorium and surrounding cottages

25 25 The chapel at Jackson Sanatorium was located in Liberty Hall.

26 26 Liberty Hall, which housed the chapel, faced the sanatorium and escaped destruction by the fire.

27 27 Dr. Jackson and his wife, Dr. Katherine Jackson

28 28 Clara Barton, exhausted from years of travel and work, recuperated at the sanatorium in When she founded the Red Cross in 1881, the first chapter was in Dansville.

29 29 Dr. Jackson was the first to make granula, the first cold cereal ever marketed. Dr. Kellogg later did the same thing, but he called it granola. 29

30 30 Some of the Guiding Principles at Jacksons Institute Water cure (or hydropathy, as it was called) which included a variety of bathings and showers, wet sheet wraps, and copious amounts of drinking water, among other things Dr. Harriet Austin, Dr. Jacksons adopted daughter, advocated dress reform and invented the American Costume which dispensed with unwieldy long dresses in favor of a mid-length skirt over trousers. Though practical, it never gained popularity. Diet reform--no red meat, sugar, coffee, tea, or tobacco permitted; emphasis was on fruits, vegetables, and unprocessed grains. Water cure (or hydropathy, as it was called) which included a variety of bathings and showers, wet sheet wraps, and copious amounts of drinking water, among other things Dr. Harriet Austin, Dr. Jacksons adopted daughter, advocated dress reform and invented the American Costume which dispensed with unwieldy long dresses in favor of a mid-length skirt over trousers. Though practical, it never gained popularity. Diet reform--no red meat, sugar, coffee, tea, or tobacco permitted; emphasis was on fruits, vegetables, and unprocessed grains.

31 31 Elder White had trouble sleeping during the night. While at Dansville, for example, for ten nights in a row it was impossible for him to sleep because of pain and agitation, but he and Ellen prayed, and God answered their prayers and blessed him with a quiet sleep each night.

32 32 He also suffered from extreme nervousness. Ellen White could not sew or knit in his room, and she had to severely limit how much she spoke because it would easily agitate him and cause him to become confused.

33 33 Elder White required almost constant care. Many nights Ellen White slept little, but both of them were able to keep a good courage.

34 34 At Dansville, the Whites stayed in a house near the main building of the health institution, but Brother White could not walk up the hill to the dining room; instead, Brother Loughborough kindly brought meals to them in a basket.

35 35 Brother White, however, had a poor appetite and continued to lose weight and muscle strength. He even thought he might die. It was now December.

36 36 Sister White decided that her husband would do just as well, and maybe better, at home. But could he make the trip? Battle Creek was 500 miles away and it was wintertime. They would have to travel by buggy and train.

37 37 After prayer, they started out. They rode in an open carriage for seven miles to the train station and then took a train to Rochester, New York, close to Lake Ontario. Sister Whites plan was to next go to Detroit, Michigan, then to Jackson, and finally to Battle Creek.

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39 39 They spent three weeks in Rochester at the Lamson home. While there, James asked J. N. Andrews in Maine, Brother and Sister Lindsay in Olcott, New York (69 miles away, on the coast of Lake Ontario), and those who had faith in God in Roosevelt, New York (360 miles away, near New York City), to come to the Lamson home to engage in prayer for him.

40 40 It was on Christmas Day, during one of those prayer sessions, that Ellen White had a wonderful vision, in which she heard sweet heavenly music. You may read about this vision in volume 1 of Testimonies for the Church, starting on page 485. On page 489, we read these words:

41 41 I was shown that we should provide a home for the afflicted and those who wish to learn how to take care of their bodies that they may prevent sickness. We should not remain indifferent and compel those who are sick and desirous of living out the truth to go to popular water cure institutions for the recovery of health, where there is no sympathy for our faith. If they recover health it may be at the expense of their religious faith. Thus the seeds for the Western Health Reform Institution in Battle Creek, Michigan, later to become the Battle Creek Sanitarium, were planted.

42 42 GC Communication

43 43 GC Communication

44 44 J. H. Kellogg GC Communication

45 45 The rebuilt Battle Creek Sanitarium GC Communication

46 46 Dave

47 47 Battle Creek CVP

48 48 James, however, was still not able to sit for any length of time, and continuing the trip to Battle Creek seemed almost too much for him. He began to fear that he might be too weak to accomplish it, but they set out in faith, and they made it! And guess what they found when they finally arrived home--

49 49 The table was set with delicious, warm, and wholesome food. The house that had been empty for so long was cozy, with a warm fire in the stove and hot water for bathing simmering on it. Their beds were aired, fluffed, and ready for sleep! That night they rested very well. They were glad to be home. The next day was Sabbath, and Brother White, though feeble, walked to the meeting house and spoke for 3/4 of a hour.

50 50 James and Ellens home in Battle Creek

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55 55 Elder White gradually improved. His nervousness, anxiety, and fears lessened. He improved in his ability to tolerate food, his appetite increased, and his pain diminished. On pleasant days, he even ventured outside, but it took many months for him to fully recover. The strain of carrying the burden for so much of the work had taken a heavy toll on him.

56 56 My husband has never professed to be anything more than a mortal man, subject to errors and infirmities; yet his whole soul and interest have been in the work of God. His happiness has been interwoven with the success of the truth. As the cause of God has prospered, he has rejoiced. ( Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, February 20, 1866 )

57 57 When the cause suffered on account of rebellion, he has been afflicted, and his soul has been bowed down with heaviness. He is now a sufferer because of transgression against the laws of his being. (Ibid.)

58 58 His sin has not been in unjust deal with others, nor in neglect of the wants of those who have needed sympathy and aid, nor in disregarding the widow and fatherless in their affliction. Neither has he sinned in lifting up himself above his brethren, and despising their counsel and advice. (Ibid.)

59 59 He has sinned against himself and against God in overtaxing the energies of his system, which were renewed and invigorated in answer to our earnest, unceasing prayers ten years ago, when consumption had brought him to the brink of the grave. Prolonged, unceasing labor, without rest or recreation, has told upon his physical and mental energies. (Ibid.)

60 60 The Firsts...

61 61 Health Institute--1866, the Western Health Reform Institute in Battle Creek Sabbath School--Even though James White started The Youth Instructor in 1852 and afterwards began the first Sabbath school, it was not until 1869, when Goodloe Bell wrote materials for teachers and helped organize Sabbath schools, that they began to spread. Education Goodloe Bell started the first official SDA school, later known as Battle Creek College Health Institute--1866, the Western Health Reform Institute in Battle Creek Sabbath School--Even though James White started The Youth Instructor in 1852 and afterwards began the first Sabbath school, it was not until 1869, when Goodloe Bell wrote materials for teachers and helped organize Sabbath schools, that they began to spread. Education Goodloe Bell started the first official SDA school, later known as Battle Creek College


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