For many years prior to my coming to Chicago in 1901,...

For many years prior to my coming to Chicago in 1901, I had been trying to find pleasure and happiness in the flesh. I was given to the liquor habit, sometimes drinking to excess, was also a heavy smoker, although I saw that the life I was living would eventually lead me into total darkness, but I did not know what would take the place of these indulgences, or what I could do to overcome the habits. I left New York city and came to Chicago with the thought that if I were surrounded by new environment I could begin life anew. On arriving in Chicago I found that the old friends with whom I was to live were Christian Scientists, and I attended the meeting with them on the first Wednesday evening that I was in town. I was at once impressed with the truth I heard, and I have relied on Christian science ever since, with the result that it has destroyed all my false appetites and given me a peace I never knew before. The overcoming of the tobacco habit was a great proof to me of the power of Truth, for I had smoked almost continually and it was always in my thought. I continued to smoke for almost two years after becoming interested in this Science, but the appetite left me a year ago, and I have never wanted tobacco since. Many things come up for me to meet, but all error is quickly overcome when the truth is properly applied. I know that this truth does heal and overcomes all sin, and I am very grateful to our Leader, Mrs. Eddy, for her writings, which open the Scripture to our understanding and show us the way.

Frank Ackley, Chicago, Ill.

Testimony of Healing
No one has more reason to be grateful for Christian Science...
November 18, 1905

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