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Episode 18: Annie Smith- Short Life Huge Impact

Adam Ramdin
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Adam Ramdin

Youth Director for the North England Conference of SDA


  • October 31, 2018
    7:00 PM
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Her brother is better known his books why circulated and although fewer people know her name and he Smith made a significant contribution in the early days of happened is that she was a gifted writer poet and editor and 10 of her him appear in the 1941 edition of the church hymnal and for in the current edition today she was born into a family with 3 other brothers here in West Wilton in this house today named the Smith Thomas It would also be the home that she would unfortunately die in at the age of $27.00. And he gave her life to Jesus at the tender age of 10 in anticipation of his soon return yet when the great disappointment happened she along with her brother you're right I gave up hope in his soon return and they both went back to their studies and he was intellectually gifted and received a place at the child's town female Seminary here in Boston where she spent several years her mother Rebecca was still a believer and one day Joseph Bates came to town and mentioned that he would be in her area the mother wrote to Annie asking her if she would attend the meetings she wasn't really interested but out of a sense of juicy and obligation she agreed to go after she went to the meetings at the end of it Joe's of Bates asked her if she wanted to have a Bible studies which she agreed to at the end of 3 years of study. She accepted the advent message again the Sabbath and all its teachings. At the time and we have a lucrative job offer to work as a teacher for $1000.00 a year an extraordinary amount at the time though she had not accepted it another opportunity arose to work at the newly relocated review and Herald office in Rochester New York as she weighed up the 2 offers with financial gain in the one job vs little more than room and board in the other she chose the latter. Here in Rochester the she worked diligently and soon proved herself as a capable hand in the office she worked as a copy editor but also at times she was the acting editor with James White away often she would sometimes fill in for him remarkable considering her young age and would ensure that the magazine could now have a regular publishing schedule previously with James White's busy speaking itinerary the magazine wasn't always so regular and consistent in its distribution but now with Andy there things changed for the better. And he had been working at the review just over a year when James White's a brother and sister nothing arrived both suffering from tuberculosis maybe due to the close proximity that they were living in and he contracted the disease and went home to live with her mother in November of 1854 all the treatments that she tried didn't work Ellen White sent $75.00 of her own money to help but nothing seemed to work. Annie finished this book of poems here entitled home here and home in heaven 10 days before she died the last poem she wrote leads oh shit not a tear over the spot where I sleep for the living and not the dead he may weep why mourn for the weary who sweetly repose free in the grave from life burdens and woe and he lived the life of sacrifice dedication and commitment she gave up a prosperous Korea to work for the church in return for very little financial gain it was the sacrifice of mainly young people like me in the early days of our church that cause it's a growth so remarkably and it will be a similar sacrifice by God's people at the end of time that will bring this work to a close.


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