Projects & Needs

#1 Historical Restoration Fund

By God’s grace, all of Elder Frazee’s sermons have been transcribed*

*They have been transcribed, but still need more proofing.

transcript spread, on white backgroundA sincere “Thank you!” for all you have done to advance W.D. Frazee Sermons to where it is today. Because of God’s blessings through your prayers, donations and public relations we have been able to remaster the entire audio library of 1,663 messages, reprint all our major books, translate materials into other languages, build a heritage center and much more!

The biggest project has been transcribing all of Elder Frazee’s messages. It started many years ago as Homer Barrett and other Wildwood alumni began to transcribe Elder Frazee’s sermons. The blessing of having his messages written out—for fast searching of topics, copying and pasting to create one’s own sermons and many other useful features—meant that many dear souls had to volunteer their time throughout the years to give us yet more of Elder Frazee’s messages in typed form. Lee Shaffer, Jim Bound, Theresa Nybo, Clarissa Marshall, Angela Moore, and many others over the years have contributed to this huge project.

From 2014 to 2017 the project run at a trickle. We had run out of funding so we had to rely on volunteers. Many sincerely wanted to help but once they realized what a huge and involved project this was they were unable to do much to advance it. We realized that the only way to advance the project was to actually pay our helpers so that they could afford to devote more time to the project than just a few spare hours per month.

It came to the point where we had to say “Lord, this is Your work. If You want this project done, You will need to provide the workers as we have done all we know how to do.” In 2017, the Lord blessed us with two new transcription workers: Kristin Hannum, and Kristen Ravencroft. In only 23 months they managed to type out over 385 raw transcripts.

Elder Frazee had his own printing press and was a proofreader when he was just a youth. He had a lifelong commitment to excellent work in written material. In his honor, we have tried to do our best to make sure that these transcripts are in great shape before we release them to the general public. First, the audio message needs to be typed out from scratch. This first-typed-out version is what we call a “raw transcript.” Over the years we have developed a standardized way of formatting and editing the transcripts. Our new transcriptionists have been trained on how to do raw transcripts in the new standardized ways. This has saved a lot of time.

In the past, our goals were to get as many transcripts as possible into a final-fully edited form. That is what produced the 715 PDF files which we have on the website and included in the Complete Works Flash Drive. Now that we have such excellent workers who do so well with bringing raw transcripts to our standardized format, we have felt that the new goal is to get all Elder Frazee’s audio messages transcribed in some basic yet standardized form. As of October 31, 2018, we have reached the completion of another goal which we have named Phase I—having all of Elder Frazee’s audio messages transcribed. We have transcribed all 1666 of them. Why did we say before that there were 1,663 audio sermons but in the last sentence we said that there were 1666? Because we have several transcribed sermons of which we have lost the audio. Please join your prayers with us that we may one day find those missing audios.

If you have seen any of these sermons that have been recently transcribed you will notice that they have portions of them highlighted in yellow, green, etc. Those are reminders to us to go back and double-check those sections for accuracy in the spelling of names, listening to the audio portion again to make sure that it was transcribed correctly, etc. Those are all tasks that will be undertaken in Phase II.

During the period when we didn’t have many people working on the transcripts, several people gave donations to the project. Because it didn’t cost much to maintain the few hours per week which our previous workers did, the money was able to accumulate. So when God blessed us last year with our current transcriptionists, we were able to set aside just over $9,000 to work with. Since then, many thousands of dollars have come in through generous gifts that have kept the project going.

Since completing Phase I, we have compiled a W.D. Frazee Sermons Style Guide and have started Phase II in earnest. Because this is contract work and our transcriptionists only work as they have the opportunity, we can only project rough estimates for the future. Our goal is to have this project completed this year. As far as funding is concerned, that will take approximately another $7,000.00 to 8,000.00 to complete.

For all who have donated to this project and would like, we can send you all the transcripts in their current state. This way you can see the progress which has already been made and the work that is yet to be done. Also, we can send you periodic updates with the latest sermons that have been newly transcribed from scratch.

Thank you so much for all your support for W.D. Frazee Sermons

The W.D. Frazee Sermons Team

If you would like to continue to see more transcripts available in the future, please donate using the Historical Restoration Fund button below:

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W.D. Frazee Sermons is not only a historical ministry, but we currently have a missionary family in Honduras who are doing medical missionary evangelism – Homer and Berta Barrett. They understand both English and Spanish and were personal friends of W.D. Frazee. They are the perfect couple to help translate Elder Frazee’s materials into the Spanish language! They currently have translated a few transcripts that you can download here.

They are in need of funds to keep the translations coming. If you speak Spanish or would like to support those who do with more powerful materials in one of the most widely spoken languages of the world, please donate using the Translation Fund button below:

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