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Episode 29: James & Ellen White's Marriage

Adam Ramdin
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Married at a young age, James and Ellen were convicted that God had a great work for them to accomplish together. Through the course of their marriage they had many trials thrown at them - things that had broken many other marriages, yet their love for each other continued until James' early death in 1881 at the age of 60.

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Adam Ramdin

Youth Director for the North England Conference of SDA

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  • January 16, 2019
    8:30 AM
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When Ellen White was 18 years old one of the biggest problems that she faced was the matter of transportation she was young and in poor health and when she travelled she needed one or 2 attendants James White was fully convinced the whole world and experience was of God and fell to his duty to travel with her in 1845 they travel together a lot but apparently neither of them had ever thought of getting married but I think the matter through the more they were both convinced that God had a great work for them to do together and that they could each assist one another. Thus on Sunday August 30th 1846 James spring the white and Ellen Harmon stood before Charles Harding justice of the peace in Portland Maine and were married they were aged 26 and 19 respectively they entered their marriage penny less with few friends broken in Elf but with a deep conviction that God had a work for them to do together and their belief in the message wasn't shakable Their 1st place of abode would be the Harmon home remain just outside Portland. Through the course of their marriage they lived in Maine New York here in this house in Michigan Colorado California Connecticut and Iowa they traveled thousands of miles together by horse drawn carriages in sleds and later on by trains their whole evolved around ministry sacrificing time means and money for the. Cause through the many trials and obstacles that they encountered they still managed in their marriage to survive and thrive. The chances of divorce increase greatly when one or a combination of the following factors are present financial issues poverty losing the child when one of the partner suffers a serious illness when one gets a promotion especially the woman and adultery apart from adultery the whites with experience all of the they started out with abject poverty with James doing hard labor and working long hours the printing press were sometimes in debt but they would continue on they lost John Herbert their child in his infancy at a very young age and Henry died at the age of 16 James suffered a few strokes that brought about a personality change but through all of this they maintain their love for each other. Despite having all these factors that would have raised the likelihood of divorce they pulled through sometimes Ellen doesn't know what is going on and yet the letters between the 2 of them reveal a side to their marriage that is often not seen they are filled with lots of tender love phrases and show that they were convicted that they should be together James was extremely driven and prone to overwork and Ellen herself persevered through some very hard times and yet the union of these 2 will go on to have an impact that will be seen only in eternity. They had some marriage challenges as well but they did not just exist unhappily together their love for each of that ran deep and kept them together. Until James died at the relatively young age of 61 he died early due to overwork literally working himself to an early grave after his death some church officials visited and suggested they put a broken shaft over his grave signifying they his work was cut short and that no one else could complete his work Hello White responded Never never he has single handedly done the work of 3 men never shell a broken monument he put over his grave her affection for him ran deep and she ensured that even in his death his legacy would be remembered well. The marriage of the white man's as an example of the power of God to overcome all the obstacles that are thrown in the way when to become one if you are facing challenges in your relationships or marriage then know that God is powerful and able to rescue the most helpless of cases and bring joy amidst sorrow.

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