The Recorder magazine celebrates a big milestone this year! On August 1, 1901, the first edition of the Pacific Union Recorder magazine was published for members of the Seventh-day Adventist church. It comprised 16 pages, approximately 16,300 words (no pictures), and highlighted the mission work taking place in both the Pacific Southwest and Pacific Northwest. Sections introduce the work and reports of Sabbath schools, Adventist education, canvassing, and medical missionary work. A section for Items of Interest also gives unique insights at the church’s specific challenges and opportunities.
The very first line of the magazine reads as follows, “God has a special work for His servants to do in the preparation of people to stand in the great day of the Lord. This work is to commence in our own hearts. We need the faith that works by love and purifies the soul.”
Since this first issue in 1901 until today in 2021, the Pacific Union Recorder has updated members on the mission of the Adventist church and the ministry being carried out by its members.