If the following experience should prove helpful to any...

If the following experience should prove helpful to any who may be coming out of a like situation, the purpose of this writing will have been accomplished. I began the study of Christian Science five years ago, not at first for physical healing, but in the earnest endeavor to find spiritual light, the serious hope of finding something which would help me to be good. One perusal of Science and Health left me with the firm conviction that in Christian Science I would find the aid I earnestly sought. This conviction I could not define, but it was none the less firm, and every day since then a steadily increasing amount of time has been given to the study of Christian Science. In my early experience I was healed of a severe stomach trouble, which I was supposed to have inherited, and felt that some slight progress toward my desired end,—a good life expressed, was gained. The progress, however, appeared very slight, and for more than three years there seemed to be a very slow growth as a Scientist, though during the latter part of this time I was giving hours daily to the study of Science. I felt dimly that it was not legitimate for me to gain the truth and manifest it in good deeds and words so slowly, but did not awake to the consciousness of one of the seeming obstacles until some months later.

During all my experience as a student of Science and Health, I had been an active member of a large and very reputable woman's club, had been an observer of the desire for office, the human sense of criticism, and other recognized factors of such an organization. Here I also found much good and much love, but about a year ago, after receiving class instruction, I felt impelled to withdraw from the club in order to have more time to study Christian Science. Then there came to me, and almost immediately, a larger, more operative sense of truth than I had ever had before, and this one year has given me more understanding and more ability to use this understanding than the four previous years had done. I had remained a club member longer than I desired, because of the argument that the purifying thought of Scientists was needed there as much as elsewhere, but very soon after my withdrawal, many opportunities to give help through Christian Science were supplied, so that my sense of usefulness was greatly enlarged.

I feel deeply that the new By-law relating to clubs is one for which Scientists will find themselves increasingly grateful, and that it is another proof of the loving wisdom manifested through our Leader.

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Testimony of Healing
I wish to express my gratitude for what Christian Science...
January 28, 1905

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