After suffering from stomach trouble for ten years, I...

After suffering from stomach trouble for ten years, I became interested in Christian Science. At first I would have terrible pain for about a week at a time, then it would leave me for a few weeks, only to return again. The last year the pain became more frequent, until finally I could sleep neither day nor night, although I was taking powerful medicine and plenty of whiskey to deaden the pain, but it did me no good, and I gave up all hope of ever getting well. In my terrible suffering I even thought of suicide, but the stronger thought, What would become of my wife? stayed my hand. In despair I prayed to God to show me a way to get well. The very next day a gentleman saw how I was suffering, and asked what the trouble was. I told him. He said there was help for me, and told me of Christian Science. Not knowing what it was, I asked some friends about it, and they told me it was a humbug. Going home, I told my wife of it, but she thought the doctor I had should be given more time. In a few days, becoming much worse, I made up my mind to go to a Christian Science practitioner. I could hardy walk from the car to his office, but after a treatment, a sense of peace came over me. From that day on I steadily improved, and I read Science and Health right along. When the pain was too intense, my wife would read to me. In two weeks I was entirely healed, but went to the practitioner for awhile longer, as I wanted to know more about this great healing power to which I owed my life. In one month I gained eighteen pounds, and grew strong again.

A few months later, I had another demonstration of the power of Christian Science to heal, being cured of bone disease in the shoulder-blade, for which I had had several operations, and one half of my shoulder-blade removed. After each operation it always relapsed to the old condition, but when it next troubled me I had a few treatments instead of the knife, and now my arm is well and grwoing stronger all the time,—in fact, new bones are growing. It had all been brought on by a fall aboard ship. The bone was bruised but did not trouble me at the time. Four months later, when in Vancouver, B. C., I awoke one morning with terrible pain in my arm. I tried to work but could not move the arm. I was taken to a hospital and after a fever of three weeks, during which I was unconscious, I came to my senses to find they had operated on my shoulder, and a special nurse was with me day and night to put cold solutions on it; it was swollen to a tremendous size. I was in the hospital eleven months, having one operation after another, as my strength would admit of it, until the doctor said he could do no more for me. Then I came to San Franciso, where another doctor twice operated on the shoulder-blade, removing part of it and scraping other bones. Then it would break out again, but Christian Science cured me. "Man's extremity is God's opportunity." Christian Science has made me a well and happy man. It is a help in my every-day life. I had never read the Bible since I was a schoolboy, but now the Bible and "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" are my daily companions.

Is it any wonder that I feel grateful to God, and to our dear Leader, Mrs. Eddy? Words fail to express my gratitude for all that Christian Science has done for me and mine.—O. N. Larsen, San Francisco, Cal.

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June 24, 1905

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