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Jackson’s Our Home on the Hillside in Dansville, New York, pioneered in providing reform health care and instruction to those who temporarily lived at the institution as patients. These institutions were forerunners of the Adventist sanitariums. Ellen White’s June 5, 1863, vision placed Adventists in the health-reform movement. Unfortunately, it was easier to read about health reform than it was to live it. As a result, an overworked and intemperate General Conference president by the name of James White suffered a paralytic stroke on August 16, 1865.
Healthful Living and the Western Health Reform Institute The struggle for church organization came to fruition on May 21 , 1863, with the establishment of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Now the time had arrived for the next step in the formation of Adventism. The first major move in that direction was in the area of healthful living. 55 56 ANTICIPATING THE ADVENT A mere fifteen days after the achievement of a functional organization, on June 5, 1863, Ellen White received her first comprehensive health-reform vision.
When that task was completed, the Sabbatarians were ready to organize in order to better preserve their beliefs and heritage and to facilitate their outreach to others. Running parallel to these basic stages was a shifting, developing concept of mission. The year 1863 witnessed a major shift as Adventists began to focus on the type of life an Adventist should live and to develop institutions to support that lifestyle. The years between 1863 and 1888 also brought major changes in Adventist thinking concerning mission to the world.