The following is an abbreviated excerpt from the book Highly Committed, by DeWitt S. Williams.—Editors.

T he day was full of surprises. First, the weather had turned hot—really hot for that part of California in 1904. Steam vapors streamed up from the sawdust floor in the worship tent in shimmering wisps. The last of several gifted and long-winded preachers sitting on the raised plank platform had just finished speaking, and Ellen White, dressed in simple black, was being introduced. Ellen White, who lived in St. Helena, California, at that time, was the featured speaker of the day. 

Regular church services at Healdsburg usually finished shortly after noon, but this was camp meeting, not just church. There were so many outstanding speakers that nobody paid much attention to the time or the heat.

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