Ellen G. White

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Ellen G. White

American Christian pioneerand authoradd

Category: Literature

Born in 1827.

Countries: United States (29%), Maine (21%), Michigan (14%)

Main connections: James Springer White, Jesus, California

Linked to: Loma Linda University, Adventist Review, Avondale College, Kellogg Company




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Ellen G. White was born in 1827 add something


At the age of nine, Ellen was struck with a rock thrown by a fellow student. add something


The importance of health reform was greatly impressed upon the early leaders of the church through the untimely death of Henry White at the age of 16, the severe illness of Elder James White, which forced him to cease work for three years, and through the sufferings of several other ministers. add something


White's idea of health reform included vegetarianism in a day and age where "meat and two vegetables" was the standard meal for a typical North American. add something


In 1840, at age 12, her family became involved with the Millerite movement. add something


Shortly after her injury, Ellen, with her parents, attended a Methodist camp meeting at Buxton, Maine, and there, at the age of 12, she was converted. add something


In 1844, Ellen White reported her first encounter with having visions. add something


Together with a third vision where White reportedly saw the new earth, these visions "gave continued meaning to the October 1844 experience and supported the developing sanctuary rationale. add something


Ellen Harmon's critics began to cast doubt as to the reliability and authenticity of her visions, beginning after her first vision in 1845. add something


Sometime in 1845 Ellen came into contact with her future husband James Springer White, a Millerite who became convinced that her visions were genuine. add something


In February 1845, White claimed to receive a second vision which became known as the “Bridegroom” vision in Exeter, Maine. add something


A year later James proposed and they were married by a justice of the peace in Portland, Maine, on August 30, 1846. add something


Through the next few years it was republished in various forms — including as part of White's first book, Christian Experience and Views, published in 1851. add something


Insight (Adventist magazine) - The predecessor magazine known as "'The Youth's Instructor"' was established in 1852 by James White, husband of Ellen G. White


From 1861 to 1881 Ellen White's prophetic ministry became increasingly recognized among Sabbatarian Adventists. add something


John Herbert died of erysipelas at the age of three months, and Henry died of pneumonia at the age of 17 in 1863. add something


The beginnings of this health ministry are found in a vision that White had in 1863. add something


The result was the organization of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in 1863. add something


While the Whites were in and out of Battle Creek from 1865 to 1868, James White's poor physical condition led them to move to a small farm near Greenville, Michigan. add something


Early in 1866, responding to the instruction given to Ellen White on Christmas Day in 1865 that Seventh-day Adventists should establish a health institute for the care of the sick and the imparting of health instruction, plans were laid for the Western Health Reform Institute, which opened in September, 1866. add something


Ellen White's earliest essays on Education appeared in the 1872 autumn editions of the Health Reformer. add something


Ellen White spent the final years of her life in Elmshaven, her home in Saint Helena, California after the death of her husband James White in 1881. add something


After 1882 Ellen White was assisted by a close circle of friends and associates. add something

Major work

1892 - Steps to Christ by Ellen G. White


Ellen White's idea of creating a Christian educational system and its importance in society is detailed in her writings Christian Education and Education. add something


When Ellen White returned to the US in 1900, she thought her stay would be temporary, and she called for church re-organization at the pivotal 1901 General Conference Session. add something


Victor Houteff - He viewed the Adventist Church as backsliding from the beliefs upon which it had been founded a hundred years before, and saw his message as a method of solving the many doctrinal disagreements which had arisen as the Church expanded in the 1900s after Ellen G. White's death


William S. Sadler - Although Sadler was a committed Adventist for much of his early life, he stayed less involved after John Kellogg was excommunicated in 1907 in the wake of a conflict with Ellen G. White, the church's founder


Ellen G. White died in 1915 add something


Ellen G. White died July 16, 1915, at her home in Elmshaven, which is now an Adventist Historical Site add something


Seventh-day Adventists began to discuss her writings at the 1919 Bible Conference, soon after her death add something


The most prominent critic was D.M. Canright who aposticized and whose criticisms are summarized in his 1919 book, "Life of Mrs. E.G. White, Seventh-day Adventist Prophet: Her False Claims Refuted add something


During the 1920s the church adopted a Fundamentalist stance toward inspiration add something


Because of criticism from the evangelical community, in the 1940s and 1950s church leaders such as LeRoy Edwin Froom and Roy Allan Anderson attempted to help evangelicals understand Seventh-day Adventists better by engaging in extended dialogue that resulted in the publication of "Questions on Doctrine" that explained Adventist beliefs in evangelical language add something


These sanitariums became hospitals, forming the backbone of the Adventists' medical network and, in 1972, forming the Adventist Health System add something


In 1980 a statement of 27 Fundamental Beliefs was adopted, to which one was added to in 2005 to make the current list of fundamental beliefs add something


Some neurologists later commented that her early injuries may have caused partial complex seizures and hallucinations which led her to believe that she had visions of God. Ellen White was posthumously diagnosed with temporal lobe epilepsy by the paediatrician Delbert H. Hodder in 1981 and again in 1984 by Molleurus Couperus, a retired dermatologist add something


In 1999, Charles E. Dudley, Sr., published a book entitled, "The Genealogy of Ellen Gould Harmon White: The Prophetess of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and the Story of the Growth and Development of the Seventh-day Adventist Denomination As It Relates to African-Americans add something


During her lifetime Ellen White wrote more than 5,000 periodical articles, 40 books, and reported over 2000 visual/aural paranormal experiences, most of which she was convinced were communications with supernatural entities including various angels and sometimes Jesus add something


In March 2000, the Ellen G. White Estate commissioned Roger D. Joslyn, a professional genealogist, to research Ellen G. White's ancestry add something


Copyright 2003 Andrews University Press add something


Produced by the Seventh-Day Adventist church in 2016, the movie "Tell the World" exemplifies the humble beginnings of the Worldwide SDA Church add something