I wish to express my gratitude for having Christian Science...

I wish to express my gratitude for having Christian Science placed before me in form of proof. The first time it was mentioned to me I was living in Seattle. Going into a neighbor's house for a moment, I found she had been washing during a very warm day, and she said, "I could not have done this three years ago." I asked why, and she said she had been bedridden for fifteen years. "How were you cured?" I asked. "Truth healed me," she said. I expressed my surprise and lack of understanding by a blank expression and some incredulous remark, and she then explained more clearly what she meant. When she told me that Christian Science healing was in strict accord with the Bible and with Jesus' teachings, how I rejoiced! I told her I wanted to read of this wonderful teaching. I had been raised in an orthodox church, my father was a preacher and my mother a conscientious follower of the church discipline. I had joined it when young, but after marriage had drifted away from old friends, and had never found a church whose teaching answered the many questions which had puzzled me for years. I had dropped the reading of the Bible, and was as a ship without a rudder when Christian Science replaced the Bible in my hand and Science and Health opened up its hidden treasures to my understanding. I was always a seeker after Truth from childhood, but no one had been able to answer my questions or give me anything more substantial to thrive upon than blind faith, which did not satisfy my craving. I was not in immediate need of spiritual knowledge! I never questioned or antagonized Christian Science, but took it all as truth, for did not the proof follow every assertion? Did it not also teach in a common-sense way? When a statement is made and proves itself, that is sufficient.

It is now over eight years since I began the study of Christian Science. I am blessed every day by using the understanding I have gained through the study of Science and Health, the Bible, the Quarterly, and by visiting those who have been long in the work. I have had many demonstrations for myself and family of seven. There is a growing church here of about one hundred members, and much good work is being done.

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