Adventist Adventurer Awards and Answers/Early Adventist Pioneer

Early Adventist Pioneer

This award is designed to create in children a growing awareness of their Adventist heritage, helping them feel good about being Adventist, and encouraging them to value the contribution of the pioneers.

Name five Adventist Pioneers and tell something about each.


For a short Biography about each of the following Pioneers, go to God’s Messengers

Hiram Edson (1807-1882)
Rachel Oakes Preston (1809-1868)
Ellen G. White

Read a story about an Adventist Pioneer.


Ellen G. White

Ellen Gould Harmon, co-founder and messenger from God to the Seventh-day Adventist Church, was born on November 26, 1827 in Gorham, Maine. She was a woman of remarkable spiritual gifts. She lived most of her life during the nineteenth century, yet through her writings she is still making a revolutionary impact on millions of people around the world.

During her lifetime she wrote more than 5,000 periodical articles and 40 books; but today, including compilations from her 50,000 pages of manuscript, over 100 titles are available in English. She is credited as the most translated woman writer in the entire history of literature and the most translated American author of either gender. Her writings cover a broad range of subjects, including religion, education, social relationships, evangelism, prophecy, publishing, nutrition, and management. Her life-changing masterpiece on successful Christian living, Steps to Christ, has been published in more than 150 languages.

Seventh-day Adventists believe that Mrs. White was more than a gifted writer; they believe she was appointed by God as a special messenger to draw the world's attention to the Holy Scriptures and help prepare people for Christ's second advent. From the time she was 17 years old until she died 70 years later, God gave her an estimated 2,000 visions and dreams. The visions varied in length from less than a minute to nearly four hours. She wrote out and shared with others the knowledge and counsel she received through these revelations.

For the last 15 years of her life, Mrs. White lived at “Elmshaven” in St. Helena, California, where she died in 1915 at the age of 87. She is buried in the family burial plot in Battle Creek, Michigan.

Learn an early Adventist hymn. Memorize the first verse.


'Tis Love That Makes Us Happy Adventist Hymn Book #579

Franklin E. Belden, 1892

’Tis love that makes us happy,

’Tis love that smoothes the way;

It helps us mind, it makes us kind

To others every day.


God is love; we’re His happy children;

God is love; we would be like Him.

’Tis love that makes us happy,

’Tis love that smoothes the way;

It helps us mind, it makes us kind

To others every day.

This world is full of sorrow,

Of sickness, death, and sin;

With loving heart we’ll do our part,

And try some soul to win.

And when this life is over,

And we are called above,

Our song shall be, eternally,

Of Jesus and His love.

Make and taste a batch of granola; tell what granola had to do with the pioneers


This recipe come from Adventurer Manual

Granola Recipe:

7 c. old fashioned oats (1/2 box)
1 c. brown sugar
1 c. wheat germ
1 c. sesame seeds
2 teaspoon salt
1 c. shredded coconut
1 c. pecan pieces
  • Mix the above dry ingredients.
1 Tablespoon vanilla
3/4 c. water
3/4 c. oil
  • Sprinkle wet ingredients over the dry; stir well. Bake at 275 degrees F 60 min.
  • Stir every 15 min.
  • Yield: 12 cups

Paint, tie-die, or decorate a plain bandana Use the bandana to dress-up as a pioneer.


Make bandanas by cutting a 24" square of plain cotton cloth in half, diagonally (from corner to corner); stamp or stencil pictures on it, in the shape of animals, wagons, or children. For dress-up, provide long dresses, bib overalls, cowboy hats, etc.

Memorize Revelation 14:12

Revelations 14:12 (NIV)
This calls for patient endurance on the part of the saints who obey God's commandments and remain faithful to Jesus.

Hold a large book like Ellen White did in her vision and time yourself.


Weigh the book. Is your book smaller or larger than Ellen Gould White’s? (The Early Years 1827-1862)

Play an early American game.

  1. Jump rope,
  2. tug of war,
  3. falling off the stars,
  4. hop scotch, tag games,
  5. button-button,
  6. drop the hanky,
  7. milk the cow,
  8. obstacle course.

Do an early American craft.

  1. Spoon dolls
  2. Needlepoint
  3. Make bread or granola and place in bandana
  4. Make a wagon using cardboard

Spray paint

External Resources


The Ellen G. White Estate "Pathways of the Pioneers are a select group of stories about our Pioneers"

White Estate Ellen G White Complete Biography

White Estate God’s Messengers: Meeting Kids' Needs

KFW Adventurers Adventurer Manual

Bible Gateway New International Version