The Desirability of a Health Institution


As early as the Whites' first visit to Dansville, Ellen had been impressed with the desirability of a health institution for Sabbathkeeping Adventists. Instead of the rapid advance of the message expected at this time, the work was crippled by the illness of many of the leading workers. Not only was there a need for a health institution but a need for a change in the health habits of the believers.

At the General Conference session of 1866, the matter of health reform was uppermost in the minds of the leaders. On the last Sabbath, after a four-day season of fasting and prayer, Ellen White addressed the audience on the importance of health reform and related the vision that was given her on December 25, 1865, at Rochester.