March 01, 2003

Walla Walla College

I received my [January 2003] GLEANER yesterday and read Jere Patzer’s editorial. It spoke to my heart and gave a ringing endorsement of our college. There is a wonderful crew there and good things are happening. God’s Spirit is touching a lot of lives and are we praying for them.

Cliff Sorensen—Lynden, Wash.

Infant Salvation

Robert Rouillard stated in his letter [December 2002] that “Ellen White indicates that stillborn infants will not be included in the Kingdom to come, because they are not persons until the breath of life is given.”

Would you please let me know where that quote is found? It is very important to me.

Gayle Kildal— email

Editorial response: The GLEANER has received several inquiries regarding the salvation of infants. We went to the Ellen G. White Estate website,, and found the following quotations:

“As the little infants come forth immortal from their dusty beds, they immediately wing their way to their mothers’ arms. They meet again nevermore to part. But many of the little ones have no mother there. We listen in vain for the rapturous song of triumph from the mother. The angels receive the motherless infants and conduct them to the tree of life” 2SM 260 (1858). {LDE 293.1}

“Whether all the children of unbelieving parents will be saved we cannot tell, because God has not made known His purpose in regard to this matter, and we had better leave it where God has left it and dwell upon subjects made plain in His Word” 3SM 313-315 (1885). {LDE 293.3}