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Robert Wieland & Donald Short

Donald K. Short, Robert J. Wieland and Grace Wieland

      Robert Wieland

     Somewhere in the year 1916 Robert J. Wieland was born, at the age of 12 he started reading "Revelation". But when the family "church minister" came over for a visit, Robert had inquiring question on a passage in Revelation 1 which goes: "The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches." Robert wanted to know what that meant? But when the church minister told Robert that he was way too young to be reading "Revelation" and that no one really knows what that book means. But there is one thing that the minister forgot that Robert read was Revelation 1:3 "Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy". Robert was hooked and read the book of Revelation to satisify his curiosity. When he enter into high school he became a Seventh-day Adventist. It was not unto 1930's 1939 I believe when he was a Columbia Union College when he was studying to become a minister, he came across a certain book by E.J. Waggoner called, "Glad Tidings". Glad Tidings open up to him the book of Galatians that he never witness it before. He wanted to know more about E.J. Waggoner which lead him to A.T. Jones and the 1888 Message.

      In the 1940's the Seventh-day Adventist sent Robert and his wife Grace to Africa to be missionaries for the Lord. While in Africa he meet Donald K. Short, the two pair up and study more about the "most precious message" the 1888 Message! While back in the states in 1949 both Robert and Donald came across a manuscript at the General Conference headquarters by N. F. Pease with very damaging false concepts of righteousness by faith. Both Robert and Donald sprang into action and wrote a manuscript to counter act and truly set the record straight on righteousness by faith called, "1888 re-examined". At the 1950 General Conference meeting at San Francisco when Robert and Donald presented it the General Conference leaders exploded! They quickly hid the book (manuscript) away and sent both Robert and Donald back to Africa for more missionary work punishment!

      As the years went by in the 1950's and 1960's the manuscript was "secretly" passed around and copy by hundreds and hundreds of GC workers, pastors, evangelist, etc. unknown to both Robert and Donald. While in Africa the very first person who baptized was E.H. Jack Sequeira who is now Pastor Sequeira (retired). In the 1970's a California Conference president wanted to start an 1888 Revival and Robert went to Pacific Press to print up his book "Grace under Trial". But at the last minute the GC told the California Conference president to call it "QUITS" on his revival! And then a GC archives worker come across the 1952 original manuscript - 1888 re-examined and read it herself. Her name was Helen Cate and contacted both Robert and Donald for a summer get together conference to answer questions by curious people and that happen in 1984. More and more people became interested in the 1888 Message and in time Robert and Donald formed the "1888 Message Study Committee". In the 1990's it really took off and the GC president in 1994 formed a special group to study out the 1888 MSC and see if the MSC and the GC could merge together and agree on both sides. But in 2000 that never happen and in the final report by the group denounce the 1888 MSC out right! But Robert when right along and made various guess speaking meetings around the country. The 1888 Summer Conference still went on every year attracting more interested people to the message. Then in 2009 Robert became so sick that he had to be hospitalize and on July 11, 2011 he died at the age of 95.

      Donald Short

      We don't know much about Donald like when he was born or how old he was when he died but when more information is obtain it will be passed on! All that we can tell you is that Donald was a Seventh-day Adventist missionary in Africa when Robert was there in 1940's. Donald was in printing and editing and knew how to be a good editor. He was the editor for the 1888 Newsletter and he wrote some of the best books on the 1888 message. He died in 2005 or 2006 as memory serves me well.