“A number of years ago when tape recording was beginning, a few students at Wildwood desired to share with friends and relatives at a distance some of the vesper talks and class studies they were enjoying. From this ‘seed’ has developed a tape ministry which has reached many hearts and homes. These recordings do not come from a professional studio presentation. Rather, the listener is simply a part of the vesper audience or class group at Wildwood. Sometimes there is participation—individual and group responses. Occasionally the sound of a passing train or a crying baby may be heard. Again, the listener may join with the congregation in song response. The subjects presented cover a wide range of gospel and health topics, the objective being to contribute our little part in the worldwide work of the Third Angel’s Message to ‘Make ready a people prepared for the Lord.'”
W.D. Frazee (1906-1996)
Note from W.D. Frazee Sermons Staff:
These sermons have been recorded over a 30-year period (1950-1980) on reel-to-reel tape. They have recently been digitized. All the sermons listed in the online store have been edited. Much of the hiss and rumble have been reduced; coughs, baby cries, and other background noises have been reduced; and the sermons have been shortened by eliminating long pauses and condensing the files. These recordings will never sound brand new, but we consider the content powerful enough to release the best we have been able to repair. We pray that you will be blessed even if you find the sound quality less than pristine. We trust that the listening experience may even be enhanced by the authenticity of the recorded environment. But if you receive recordings which you find unsatisfactory for any reason, please return them for replacement.
Some people have said regarding the preaching of Elder Frazee: “He talks too slow!” We offer the following examples of inspired counsel as evidence of his studied adherence to the divine pattern.
“Ministers should stand erect, and speak slowly, firmly, and distinctly, taking a full inspiration of air at every sentence, and throwing out the words by exercising the abdominal muscles. If they will observe this simple rule, giving attention to the laws of health in other respects, they may preserve their life and usefulness much longer than men in any other profession. Ministers and teachers should discipline themselves to clear and distinct articulation, giving the full sound to every word. Those who talk rapidly, from the throat, jumbling the words together, and raising their voices to an unnaturally high pitch, soon become hoarse, and the words spoken lose half the force which they would have if spoken slowly, distinctly, and not so loud. The sympathies of the hearers are awakened for the speaker; for they know that he is doing violence to himself, and they fear that he will break down at any moment. It is no evidence that a man has zeal for God because he works himself up into a frenzy of excitement and gesticulation. ‘Bodily exercise,’ says the apostle, ‘profiteth little’” [1 Timothy 4:8].
– Christian Education 241 (emphasis supplied)
“In my younger days I used to talk too loud. The Lord has shown me that I could not make the proper impression upon the people by getting the voice to an unnatural pitch. Then Christ was presented before me, and His manner of talking; and there was a sweet melody in His voice. His voice, in a slow, calm manner, reached those who listened, and His words penetrated their hearts, and they were able to catch on to what He said before the next sentence was spoken. Some seem to think they must race right straight along or else they will lose the inspiration and the people will lose the inspiration. If that is inspiration, let them lose it, and the sooner the better.“
–Manuscript 19b, 1890
In addition to following the above counsel, Elder Frazee was also faced with the challenge of Parkinson’s disease later in life This is noticeable in the recordings from the late 70s and worsening into the early 80s until the disease finally ended all his personal preaching. This further slowed his preaching. This however, unlike his conscientious duty to the above counsel, was not intentional. We are thankful none-the-less, that he continued to preach despite the challenges of Parkinson’s as many are still blessed by those messages not withstanding the reduction in vocal quality.