Called to Be a Messanger

December 1844

Difficult days challenged the Advent believers in Portland, Maine, following the great disappointment of October 22, 1844. By December most of them had abandoned their confidence in Miller's interpretation. Nothing could have been more timely and calculated to cheer the spirits of the dedicated believers than the vision given to Ellen Harmon in December in the Haines home. About one week after her first vision, Ellen was given a second one  in which she was commissioned to go out among the people and present the truths that God had revealed to her. She prayed that God would remove the burden from her and place it on someone more capable of bearing it. After a few days she told the vision in her parents' home, which brought a great relief to the Adventists in Portland. But the task of traveling and sharing the vision seemed to her impossible to accomplish. Soon the peace of God that she had enjoyed left her. At an evening meeting, prayer was offered for her, that the Lord would give her strength and courage to bear the message.

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