June 5 - 12, 1888

Hennepin Co., Minneapolis, Minnehaha Falls, Minnehaha Park    Map

Find it today: According to the camp meeting reports, the camp was located within site of the waterfalls. The Minnehaha Train Depot, built in 1875, is the depot that used for camp meeting arrivals - it remains at the park today, lending an authentic 19th century atmosphere to the setting. 

THE MINNESOTA CAMP-MEETING. The camp was located between the "twin cities" of Minneapolis and St. Paul, on the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul R. R., and at the terminus of the Motor line of Minneapolis. The grounds were all that could be desired. Nature's grove, the carpet of green along the banks of the historic Minnehaha, in full view of, and but a few steps from, the celebrated waterfall, with its musical roar, and its waters breaking into white spray from the time it begins its fall till it reaches the angry elements some sixty feet below – all lend a charm to the surroundings, and render the spot an appropriate place for the worship of the God of nature who alone can make that which is truly grand, attractive, and good.

The workers' meeting, held the week previous had resulted not only in the erection of the tented city in an orderly and tasteful manner, but also in a good degree of spiritual advancement by those who had been most active. The workers had become imbued with the spirit of labor, and were at work for those who needed help, the results of their labor being seen before the meetings closed. Ample provisions were made to render all comfortable, and special pains were taken to make the stay of the laborers from abroad as home-like as possible.

Those who leave their homes to attend the meetings, may endure the change of a few days in tents, with hard beds and chairs, living on cold lunches and poorly prepared and tasteless food. But for those who attend there meetings week after week, from early spring till late in the fall, and are expected to carry most of the burden during each meeting, working late every night and rising early every morning – it ought not to be surprising that tent-life without the common home comforts afforded them, should become monotonous and wearing. These servants of God are the last to make any complaints as to their own treatment, the quality and variety of the food which they receive, or the provisions made for them in other respects; but it is a question of expediency, of profit and loss, and should be considered by those in charge of these gatherings. How long do they want these men to continue in the work? What quality of labor do they want? And what kind of labor do they desire their next neighbor to receive? At the close of the camp meeting season, when the round of service is closed up, do we want the marks of disease, physical weakness, and weariness to be stamped upon those who have sacrificed so much for the benefit of those they came to help? It is not good policy to muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn.

Eld. Butler and Prof. W. W. Prescott were early on the ground, and commenced labor with the camp-meeting proper. Eld. Farnsworth was detained in Iowa on account of the sickness of his wife, and did not arrive till Thursday. These brethren labored hard in imparting important and much-needed instruction, and their efforts were much appreciated by all who were on the ground. The subject of spiritual gifts was faithfully set before the people; and opportunity being given for questions, many were asked, and important and instructive answers were given. The harmony and consistency of the position which we as a people have held for more than forty years on this subject, is made more and more apparent as the answers to the many attacks upon the visions are given. It is about time that those who have been blinded by the spirit which causes these attacks, should have their eyes opened.

A deep interest was awakened in regard to the subject of education. Plans are being laid, and an action was taken by the Conference, to establish a State school. They already have rooms in the basement story of the church in the city of Minneapolis, where they can accommodate quite a large number of students, and at an early date they expect to have the school in operation, according to the recommendations of the General Conference.

About 150 Scandinavians were camped on the ground, and regular meetings were conducted by Elds. Lewis and H. R. Johnson. The influences which have been brought to bear upon those of the Swedish tongue, by the apostasy and efforts of Elds. Lee and Rosquist, have greatly retarded the growth, in the ranks of this people, so far as numbers and devotion to the cause of present truth are concerned. This has given the enemy occasion to suggest ideas in the minds of some, that the work in that tongue was slighted by those having charge of it. When love for the truth, and loyalty in its behalf tends to a consistent and strict adherence to its principles, there will be no occasion for feelings of distrust, or a lack of union with those who stand at the head of the cause of God on the earth. There will be fellowship for, and no lack of union with, those of other languages. If those who profess to believe the truth will receive it all, get the love of it down deep in their hearts, and do it cheerfully, God will bless them and unite them to their brethren. But if they choose to complain and criticize, find desire to be free from the restraint which the truth for this time imposes, is better for the cause, and for all who are connected with it, that they should depart, and affiliate with those who are more congenial to their tastes and feelings. It is now expected that Eld. J. G. Matteson will conduct a training-school in Minneapolis, beginning about the first of September, for the purpose of preparing workers to labor in the Scandinavian language. There is an increasing demand for Bible workers and canvassers to labor among this people.

Eld. H. Shultz was present, and held regular services in a separate tent with those of the German language, a goodly number of whom were also camped on the ground. Dr. J. H. Kellogg was present one day, and improved the time by giving instruction to the people on the subject of health and hygiene in his usual earnest way. The business meetings were harmonious and passed off pleasantly. The old officers of the Conference were reinstated, and the Executive Committee was increased to five, adding F. L Mead and Allen Moon to the number. The number of ministers remains the same; while the list of licentiates was decreased. Some of those who had held licenses were advised by the Conference to enter the canvassing work. There is a greater demand now for other laborers than for preachers, and no branch of the cause is better adapted for the development of laborers than canvassing. Faithful work is now called for, and that which brings no fruit in return for what is received, cannot be reckoned as faithful labor. The money placed in the treasury is sacred, and cannot be justly paid to those who have not given, an equivalent in honest toil.

The Conference is already behind in its finances, and was not able to pay its workers in full, yet the officers and membership start out for the new year with bright hopes and good courage, that another year will see the debts all paid and a surplus in the treasury. An honest tithe paid by all its membership will insure this happy result.

The revival meetings on the Sabbath were solemn, and the preaching was searching. About 200 came forward for prayers. Of these thirty-four were baptized on Monday afternoon by Elds. Johnson and Schram, in Minnehaha Creek. The social meetings were all good. All were ready and anxious to take part, and quite a number were on their feet at the same time, waiting their turn to speak. The Holy Spirit was present, and we enjoyed a good degree of the blessing of God. The attendance of those not of our faith was good, and on Sunday afternoon and evening the congregation gave marked attention to the arguments on the Sabbath question as they were presented by Eld. Farnsworth and Prof. Prescott.

R. M. KILGORE – Review and Herald, June 19, 1888

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