Among the Churches

About fourteen years ago, our city was presented with false metaphysical teaching; the teachers never openly advanced or advocated Christian Science, but formulated lessons of their own, which were made up in a large measure of Christian Science statements. I purchased a copy of Science and Health, and in the newness of my faith I based some good demonstrations on the truth as taught in Mrs. Eddy's book. After a time these teachers were removed under most painful circumstances. For several years Science and Health had been laid aside as a book containing only the alphabet of mental healing, and while I was studying the so-called more advanced literature, I lost peace and power.

I strove faithfully to follow Truth, yet with all my earnestness I was conscious that I did not realize the power of the early days of my study of Science and Health. Defeat met me in every department of my life, and I had lost all faith in material remedies. God seemed to ignore my prayers, and there was no one here to help me, and I knew not where Mrs. Eddy was. Surely I felt that my last condition was worse than my first.

I then threw myself into social and political work, and in 1897 I represented the "Canterbury Women's Institute" at the National Council of Women of New Zealand. Feeling that this work was only dealing with effects, I gave it up, and a year or two after abandoned the struggle. My husband thought I had gone mad when I declared there was no God for me, and stolidly set myself against anything spiritual.

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The Lectures
February 25, 1905

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