I came to Colorado from Mississippi in 1880, hoping to...

I came to Colorado from Mississippi in 1880, hoping to obtain relief from a severe stomach and bowel trouble with which I had been afflicted for several years. I had had the faithful attention of good physicians, had used mineral waters, baths, etc. I took every remedy prescribed by physicians, and spent all that I made for more than twenty years in my efforts to recover health, meeting with only occasional temprary relief. My official and professional duties required constant and personal attention, but occasions were rare when I was free free from pain. It would be tedious and uninteresting to go farther into details. During the early winter and spring of 1901 I suffered with severe kidney and bladder trouble, and submitted to the most painful treatment, administered by two eminent physicians, one of whom informed me that a surgical operation would be necessary. In April, 1901. I visited a Christian Scientist, with whom it had been my pleasure to become slightly acquainted. She began giving me treatment, and from that day I have advanced in health, harmony, and happiness. I have ceased to rely upon doctors or medicine, and have increased in weight about twenty pounds. Error has occasionally presented itself, but in every instance it has been overcome by the teachings and treatment of Christian Science. I eat whatever I desire, take no medicine, my morals have wonderfully improved, and my habits are changed.

I am in my sixtieth year, and have never known what health was since early manhood until I accepted, and to some extent understood, the teachings of Christian Science. The ordinary meaning attached to the word gratitude does not properly express my feelings towards Mrs. Eddy. I know that I cannot fail to realize health, harmony, and happiness if I practise the teachings of Christian Science. I endeavor every day to rise to a higher sense of Life and Love, to realize that there is no Truth in pain, and that this Truth when understood will free mortals from every belief in pain and poverty.—J. M. Ellis, Denver, Col.

October 20, 1906

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