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A Letter To Two Boys
Children’s Corner
A Letter To Two Boys

Henry and Edson were children of James and Ellen White. They had a little brother named Willie, who was 4 years old. When Henry was 13 years old and Edson 11, their mother had to be away traveling; she entrusted them to the care of two babysitters and wrote the older two boys a letter. What are some of the things she said to them in her letter? Let’s see:

“My Dear Henry and Edson: Dear children, your mother has not forgotten you. She thinks of you many times every day. We hope you will be good and faithful children. I have been thinking, what if either of you should be taken sick and die, and your father and mother see you no more? Would you be prepared to die? Do you love God better than any one else? Can you forget your play to think of God, to go away alone and ask Him for Jesus’ sake to forgive your sins? I know that much of your time is taken up with your studies, and with doing errands; but, dear children, don’t forget to pray. The Lord loves to have children pray to Him. And if you really repent and feel sorry for your sins, God will forgive your sins for Jesus’ sake.

“When you do wrong don’t conceal your wrong but heartily and honestly confess it. This I believe you will do. I have confidence in you that you have tried to do it. Continue to do so, and we shall love you better than if you kept your wrongs concealed. God loves honest-hearted, truthful children, but cannot love those who are dishonest. Be obedient, dear children. . . .

“When asked to do anything, do not say, ‘Wait a minute, till I do this.’ It is unpleasant to repeat to you the same things. Now, dear children, obey because you love to, not because you are driven to. I shall have confidence that you will do as I wish you to. I shall confide in your honor, your manliness.

“Many times I ask myself the question, Will my dear children be saved in the kingdom? I cannot bear the thought of their being shut out of the City with the wicked. I love my children, but God says that only the good and holy can be saved. And if you will overcome your wrongs, love one another, and be at peace among yourselves, the Lord will bless and save you. You cannot be good, or do right, in your own strength. You must go to God and ask him for strength. Ask Him that His grace may influence your hearts and make you right. Believe the Lord will do it; trust Him to do it. You can be little Christians; you can love and serve God.

“Be good to Willie. Love him. Teach him right things. If you do wrong, you not only sin yourselves, but you teach him to sin. When you do wrong, you teach him to do wrong; so double sin rests upon you. Always act as you would like to see Willie act. Always speak pleasantly to him and try to make him happy.”1

Indeed, the proverb is true: “Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right” (Proverbs 20:11). Let us all think of this letter as if it had been written to each one of us and gain from these important thoughts.

1 An Appeal to the Youth, pp. 42–44.