Rural Living

Living in the country away from large centers of population is generally recognized as being advantageous for promoting physical, mental, and spiritual health and development. Because of this advantage, Seventh-day Adventists have endeavored, whenever possible, to establish their institutions outside metropolitan areas and have encouraged church members with families to find homes in the country. The advantages of country living, together with the disadvantages of city living, are stressed repeatedly in the writings of Ellen White. The following quotation is typical of her views: “The world over, cities are becoming hotbeds of vice. On every hand are the sights and sounds of evil. Everywhere are enticements to sensuality and dissipation. The tide of corruption and crime is continually sw...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.