The Divine Ideal
Although everything God had made was in the perfection of beauty, and there seemed
nothing wanting upon the earth which God had created to make Adam and Eve happy, yet He
manifested His great love to them by planting a garden especially for them. A portion of
their time was to be occupied in the happy employment of dressing the garden, and a
portion in receiving the visits of angels, listening to their instruction, and in happy
meditation. Their labour was not wearisome, but pleasant and invigorating. This beautiful
garden was to be their home, their special residence.--3SG 34 (1864).
What were the conditions chosen by the infinite Father for His Son? A secluded home in
the Galilean hills; a household sustained by honest, self-respecting labour; a life of
simplicity; daily conflict with difficulty and hardship; self-sacrifice, economy, and
patient, gladsome service; the hour of study at His mother's side, with the open scroll of
Scripture; the quiet of dawn or twilight in the green valley; the holy ministries of
nature; the study of creation and providence;
and the soul's communion with God--these were the conditions and opportunities of the
early life of Jesus.--MH 365, 366 (1905).
Away From the Cities
Get out of the cities as soon as possible and purchase a little piece of land where you
can have a garden, where your children can watch the flowers growing and learn from them
lessons of simplicity and purity.--2SM 356 (1903).
Out of the cities, is my message at this time. Be assured that the call is for our
people to locate miles away from the large cities. One look at San Francisco as it is
today would speak to your intelligent minds, showing you the necessity of getting out of
the cities. . . .
The Lord calls for His people to locate away from the cities, for in such an hour as ye
think not, fire and brimstone will be rained from heaven upon these cities. Proportionate
to their sins will be their visitation. When one city is destroyed, let not our people
regard this matter as a light affair, and think that they may, if favourable opportunity
offers, build themselves homes in that same destroyed city. . . .
Let all who would understand the meaning of these things read the eleventh chapter of
Revelation. Read every verse, and learn the things that are yet to take place in the
cities. Read also the scenes portrayed in the eighteenth chapter of the same book.--MR
1518 (May 10, 1906).
Fathers and mothers who possess a piece of land and a comfortable home are kings and
queens.--AH 141 (1894).
Cities to Be Worked From Outposts
As God's commandment-keeping people we must leave the cities. As did Enoch, we must
work in the cities but not dwell in them.--Ev 77, 78 (1899).
The cities are to be worked from outposts. Said the messenger of God, "Shall not
the cities be warned? Yes, not by God's people living in them but by their visiting them,
to warn them of what is coming upon the earth."--2SM 358 (1902).
For years I have been given special light that we are not to centre our work in the
cities. The turmoil and confusion that fill these cities, the conditions brought about by
the labour unions and the strikes, would prove a great hindrance to our work.--7T 84
When iniquity abounds in a nation there is always to be heard some voice giving warning
and instruction, as the voice of Lot was heard in Sodom. Yet Lot could have preserved his
family from many evils had he not made his home in this wicked, polluted city. All that
Lot and his family did in Sodom could have been done by them even if they had lived in a
place some distance away from the city.--Ev 78 (1903).
For the present, some will be obliged to labour in Chicago, but these should be
preparing working centres
in rural districts from which to work the city. The Lord would have His people looking
about them and securing humble, inexpensive places as centres for their work. And from
time to time larger places will come to their notice, which they will be able to secure at
a surprisingly low price.--Ev 402 (1906).
Rich Blessings in a Natural Environment
We say again, "Out of the cities." Do not consider it a great deprivation
that you must go into the hills and mountains, but seek for that retirement where you can
be alone with God, to learn His will and way. . . .
I urge our people to make it their lifework to seek for spirituality. Christ is at the
door. This is why I say to our people, "Do not consider it a privation when you are
called to leave the cities and move out into the country places. Here there await rich
blessings for those who will grasp them. By beholding the scenes of nature, the works of
the Creator, by studying God's handiwork, imperceptibly you will be changed into the same
image."--2SM 355, 356 (1908).
Character Development Easier in the Country
Parents flock with their families to the cities because they fancy it easier to obtain
a livelihood there than in the country. The children, having nothing to do when not in
school, obtain a street education. From evil associates they acquire habits of vice and
dissipation.--5T 232 (1882).
Send the children to schools located in the city, where every phase of temptation is
waiting to attract and demoralise them, and the work of character building is tenfold
harder for both parents and children.--FE 326 (1894).
The cities are filled with temptation. We should plan our work in such a way as to keep
our young people as far as possible from this contamination.--AH 136 (1902).
It is time for our people to take their families from the cities into more retired
localities, else many of the youth, and many also of those older in years, will be
ensnared and taken by the enemy.--8T 101 (1904).
There is not one family in a hundred who will be improved physically, mentally, or
spiritually, by residing in the city. Faith, hope, love, happiness, can far better be
gained in retired places, where there are fields and hills and trees. Take your children
away from the sights and sounds of the city, away from the rattle and din of streetcars
and teams, and their minds will become more healthy. It will be found easier to bring home
to their hearts the truth of the Word of God.--AH 137 (1905).
Better Physical Health in Rural Environment
It is not God's will that His people shall settle in the cities, where there is
constant turmoil and confusion. Their children should be spared this, for the whole system
is demoralised by the hurry and rush and noise.--2SM 357 (1902).
To many of those living in the cities who have not a spot of green grass to set their
feet upon, who year after year have looked out upon filthy courts and narrow alleys, brick
walls and pavements and skies clouded with dust and smoke--if these could be taken to some
farming district, surrounded with the green fields, the woods and hills and brooks, the
clear skies and the fresh, pure air of the country, it would seem almost like heaven.--MH
191, 192 (1905).
The physical surroundings in the cities are often a peril to health. The constant
liability to contact with disease, the prevalence of foul air, impure water, impure food,
the crowded, dark, unhealthful dwellings, are some of the many evils to be met. It was not
God's purpose that people should be crowded into cities, huddled together in terraces and
tenements.--MH 365 (1905).
Raise Your Own Provisions
The Lord desires His people to move into the country, where they can settle on the
land, and raise their own fruit and vegetables, and where their children can be brought in
direct contact with the works of God in nature. Take your families away from the cities,
is my message.--2SM 357, 358 (1902).
Again and again the Lord has instructed that our people are to take their families away
from the cities, into the country, where they can raise their own provisions, for in the
future the problem of buying and
selling will be a very serious one. We should now begin to heed the instruction given
us over and over again: Get out of the cities into rural districts, where the houses are
not crowded closely together, and where you will be free from the interference of
enemies.--2SM 141 (1904).
Locate Institutions "Just Out From the Large Cities"
Let men of sound judgement be appointed, not to publish abroad their intentions, but to
search for such properties in the rural districts, in easy access to the cities, suitable
for small training schools for workers, and where facilities may also be provided for
treating the sick and weary souls who know not the truth. Look for such places just out
from the large cities, where suitable buildings may be secured, either as a gift from the
owners or purchased at a reasonable price by the gifts of our people. Do not erect
buildings in the noisy cities.--Ev 77 (1909).
Cooranbong, New South Wales
Where shall our Australian Bible School be located? . . . Should schools be located in
the cities or within a few miles from them it would be most difficult to counteract the
influence of the former education which students have received in regard to these holidays
and the practices connected with them, such as horse racing, betting, and the offering of
prizes. . . .
We shall find it necessary to establish our schools out of, and away from, the cities,
and yet not so far away that they cannot be in touch with them, to do them good, to let
light shine amid the moral darkness.--FE 310, 313 (1894).
Everything about the place had impressed me favourably except the fact that we were far
from the great thoroughfares of travel, and therefore would not have an opportunity of
letting our light shine amid the moral darkness that covers our large cities like the pall
of death. This seems the only objection that presents itself to my mind. But then, it
would not be advisable to establish our school in any of our large cities.--8MR 137
I am more than ever convinced that this is the right location for the school.--8MR 360
Those who have charge of the schoolwork at Graysville[1. THE PROPERTY AT GRAYSVILLE,
TENNESSEE, FIFTY MILES NORTH OF CHATTANOOGA, CONSISTED OF NINE ACRES OF LAND ADJACENT TO A
VILLAGE OF ABOUT 200 PEOPLE. THE SCHOOL WAS MOVED TO ITS PRESENT LOCATION AT COLLEGEDALE
IN 1916.] and Huntsville should see what can be done by these institutions to establish
such industries, so that our people desiring to leave the cities can obtain modest homes
without a large outlay of means, and can also find employment.--Letter 25, 1902.
It was in the providence of God that the Huntsville School farm was purchased. It is in
a good locality. Near it there are large nurseries, and in these nurseries some of the
students have worked during the summer to earn money to pay their expense at the
Huntsville School.--SpT-B(12) 11 (1904).
The Huntsville School farm is a most beautiful place, and with its three hundred and
more acres of land, should accomplish much in the line of industrial training and the
raising of crops.--SpT-B(12x) 13 (1904).
Recently the question was asked me, "Would it not be well to sell the school land
at Huntsville, and buy a smaller place?" Instruction was given me that this farm must
not be sold, that the situation possesses many advantages for the carrying forward of a
coloured school.--SpM 359 (1904).
Berrien Springs, Michigan
I hear that there is some thought of locating the school at Berrien Springs in the
south-west of Michigan. I am much pleased with the description of this place. . . . In
such a place as Berrien Springs the school can be made an object lesson, and I hope that
no one will interpose to prevent the carrying forward of this work.--4MR 407 (July 12,
The good hand of the Lord has been with our people in the selection of a place for the
school. This place
corresponds to the representations given me as to where the school should be located.
It is away from the cities, and there is an abundance of land for agricultural purposes,
and room so that houses will not need to be built one close to another. There is plenty of
ground where students may be educated in the cultivation of the soil.--RH Jan. 28, 1902.
In moving the college from Battle Creek and establishing it in Berrien Springs,
Brethren Magan and Sutherland have acted in harmony with the light that God gave. They
have worked hard under great difficulties. . . . God has been with them. He has approved
of their efforts.--4MR 260, 261 (1904).
The Lord in His providence has opened the way for His workers to take an advance step
in New England--a field where much special work should be done. The brethren there have
been enabled to arrange to change the location of the sanitarium from South Lancaster to
Melrose, a place much nearer Boston, and yet far enough removed from the busy city so that
the patients may have the most favourable conditions for recovery of health. The transfer
of the New England Sanitarium to a place so convenient to the city of Boston is in God's
When the Lord sets His hand to prepare the way before us, God forbid that any should
stand back, questioning the wisdom of going forward or refusing to give encouragement and
help. The removal of the
New England Sanitarium from South Lancaster to Melrose has been presented to me as
being directed by the Lord.--SpT-B(13) 3 (1902).
Takoma Park, Washington, D.C.
The location that has been secured for our school and sanitarium is all that could be
desired. The land resembles representations that have been shown me by the Lord. It is
well adapted for the purpose for which it is to be used. There is on it ample room for a
school and sanitarium without crowding either institution. The atmosphere is pure and the
water is pure. A beautiful stream runs right through our land from north to south. This
stream is a treasure more valuable than gold or silver. The building sites are upon fine
elevations with excellent drainage.
One day we took a long drive through various parts of Takoma Park. A large part of the
township is a natural forest. The houses are not small and crowded closely together, but
are roomy and comfortable. They are surrounded by thrifty, second-growth pines, oaks,
maples and other beautiful trees. The owners of these homes are mostly business men, many
of them clerks in the government offices in Washington. They go to the city daily,
returning in the evening to their quiet homes.
A good location for the printing office has been chosen, within easy distance of the
post office, and a site for a meetinghouse also has been found. It seems as if Takoma Park
has been specially prepared for us, and that it has been waiting to be occupied by our
institutions and their workers.--ST June 15, 1904.
The Lord has opened this matter to me decidedly. The publishing work that has been
carried on in Battle Creek should for the present be carried on near Washington. If after
a time the Lord says, Move away from Washington, we are to move.--RH Aug. 11, 1903.
I was surprised when, in speaking of the work they wished to do in the South, they
spoke of establishing a school in some place a long way from Nashville. From the light
given me I knew that this would not be the right thing to do, and I told them so. The work
that these brethren [E. A. Sutherland and P. T. Magan] can do, because of the experience
gained at Berrien Springs, is to be carried on within easy access of Nashville, for
Nashville has not yet been worked as it should be. And it will be a great blessing to the
workers in the school to be near enough to Nashville to be able to counsel with the
In searching for a place for the school the brethren found a farm of four hundred acres
for sale about nine miles from Nashville. The size of the farm, its situation, the
distance that it is from Nashville, and the moderate sum for which it could be purchased,
seemed to point it out as the very place for the school work. We advised that this place
be purchased. I knew that all the land would ultimately be needed.--RH Aug. 18, 1904.
Mountain View, California
Instruction has also been given that the Pacific Press should be moved from Oakland. As
have passed by the city has grown, and it is now necessary to establish the printing
plant in some more rural place, where land can be secured for the homes of the employees.
Those who are connected with our offices of publication should not be obliged to live in
the crowded cities. They should have opportunity to obtain homes where they will be
able to live without requiring high wages.--FE 492 (1904).
Mountain View is a town which has many advantages. It is surrounded by beautiful
orchards. The climate is mild and fruit and vegetables of all kinds can be grown. The town
is not large, yet it has electric lights, mail carriers, and many other advantages usually
seen only in cities.--Letter 141, 1904.
Some have wondered why our office of publication should be moved from Oakland to
Mountain View. God has been calling upon His people to leave the cities. The youth who are
connected with our institutions should not be exposed to the temptations and the
corruption to be found in the large cities. Mountain View has seemed to be a favourable
location for the printing office.--CL 29 (1905).
Loma Linda, California
We thank the Lord that we have a good sanitarium at Paradise Valley, seven miles from
San Diego; a sanitarium at Glendale, eight miles from Los Angeles; and a large and
beautiful place at Loma Linda, sixty-two miles east from Los Angeles, and close to
Riverside, and San Bernardino. The Loma Linda property is one of the most beautiful
sanitarium sites I have ever seen.--LLM 141 (1905).
Loma Linda is a place that the Lord has especially designated as a centre for the
training of medical missionaries.--Letter 188, 1907.
Here there are wonderful advantages for a school. The farm, the orchard, the pasture
land, the large buildings, the ample grounds, the beauty--all are a great blessing.--LLM
This place, Loma Linda, has wonderful advantages, and if those who are here will
faithfully avail themselves of the advantages to become true medical missionaries they
will let their light shine forth to those that are around them. We must seek God daily for
His wisdom to be imparted to us.--Letter 374, 1907.
Here we have ideal advantages for a school and for a sanitarium. Here are advantages
for the students and great advantages for the patients. I have been instructed that here
we should have a school, conducted on the principles of the ancient schools of the
prophets. . . . Physicians are to receive their education here.--MM 75, 76 (1907).
As I have looked over this property I pronounce it to be superior in many respects. The
school could not
be located in a better spot. It is eight miles from St. Helena, and is free from city
temptations. . . .
In time, more cottages will have to be built for the students, and these the students
themselves can erect under the instruction of capable teachers. Timber can be prepared
right on the ground for this work, and the students can be taught how to build in a
We need have no fear of drinking impure water for here it is supplied freely to us from
the Lord's treasure house. I do not know how to be grateful enough for these many
advantages. . . .
We realise that the Lord knew what we needed and that it is His providence that brought
us here. . . . God wanted us here and He has placed us here. I was sure of this as I came
on these grounds. . . . I believe that as you walk through these grounds you will come to
the same decision--that the Lord designed this place for us.--1MR 340, 341, 343 (1909).