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Her authority was in the messages God gave her rather than in any position the church gave her. She specifically rejected the idea of a leadership position in the church. “It is not right for you to suppose that I am striving to be first, striving for leadership. . . . I want it to be understood that I have no ambition to have the name of leader, or any other name that may be given me, except that of a messenger of God. I claim no other name or position” (Letter 320, 1905;

Manuscript Release #340). “I am not to appear before the people as holding any other position than that of a messenger with a message” ( Testimonies for the Church , vol. 8, p. 237).

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