The Vision in Regard to Health

06 June 1863

Many matters were opened to her in this vision, but the vision is noted particularly for what was shown to her in regard to healthóthe responsibility of all to live in harmony with principles that would prevent sickness and yield good health.

I saw that now we should take special care of the health God has given us, for our work was not yet done. Our testimony must yet be borne and would have influence. I saw that I had spent too much time and strength in sewing and waiting upon and entertaining company. I saw that home cares should be thrown off. The preparing of garments is a snare; others can do that. God had not given me strength for such labor. . . .

I saw that we should encourage a cheerful, hopeful, peaceful frame of mind, for our health depends upon our doing this. . . .

I saw that when we tax our strength, overlabor and weary ourselves much, then we take colds and at such times are in danger of disease taking a dangerous form. We must not leave the care of ourselves for God to see to and to take care of that which He has left for us to watch and care for. It is not safe nor pleasing to God to violate the laws of health and then ask Him to take care of our health and keep us from disease when we are living directly contrary to our prayers.

I saw that it was a sacred duty to attend to our health, and arouse others to their duty, and yet not take the burden of their cases upon us. Yet we have a duty to speak, to come out against intemperance of every kindóintemperance in working, in eating, in drinking, and in druggingóand then point them to God's great medicine, water, pure soft water, for diseases, for health, for cleanliness, and for a luxury (MS 1, 1863).

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