Did you know that you can get a set of pioneer picture cards to help you learn about early Adventist pioneers and how they let God use them to start our church? My grandma gave me a set of 10 cards with pictures of James and Ellen White, Joseph Bates, William Miller, Hiram Edson, John Andrews, Rachel Oakes Preston, John Loughborough, Uriah Smith, and John Byington, whom I just learned was the very first president of our church’s General Conference. It is exciting to look at the pictures of these special people—and their signatures are even written across the bottom of their picture!
My Grandma came to our Adventurer club meeting and taught our Builders class about our pioneers so we could get our Adventist Heritage award. We learned when they were born, where they lived, who they married, and even the names of their children. Seeing their pictures on the little cards helped us to know they were real people, not just some names we might read about in a story book.
My favorite pioneer was William Miller. Grandma also gave me the book, Heartwarming Stories of Adventist Pioneers by Norma Collins. I got book one for Christmas and book two for my birthday. The story of Miller was the first one I read. It was so interesting. Miller studied his Bible so much he found out that Jesus is coming back soon to take all the people who love Him to heaven to live with Him forever. He wanted to tell as many people as he could to get ready to meet Jesus. Even though he was a farmer, he became a preacher and helped about 500,000 people watch for Jesus to come.
I think I even surprised Grandma by how much I learned! Grandma told me she got the cards and the storybooks from the Adventist Heritage Shoppe in Battle Creek, Michigan. You can visit their Web site: www.adventistheritage.org.
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