In the spring of 1898, while working in the field, I suddenly...

In the spring of 1898, while working in the field, I suddenly became very ill, and had to have the assistance of my wife to get to the house. As soon as I could, I sent for a doctor, who made me a few visits. I grew no better but rather worse, so I changed physicians. I tried another physician, the best that I could find, but he could give me no relief, and finally my people sent for the Danish minister to come to see me, as they thought I was going to die. For eight weeks I sat in one room, could never lie down at all, and only moved from my chair when I was carried. During all these hard times my family lived on the wages my wife could earn by washing. I had an income from two Danish "sick benefit" societies, which I had joined long before, but all the money I drew from these societies went to pay my doctor's bills. We had three little children.

A lady who knew of my distress came to me one day and asked me to try Christian Science. I did not know what this could be, but she said she knew it could help me. After the first treatment I asked my wife to throw away the atomizer and all the drugs, for I saw that I could get along without them, although I did not understand English very well and all the talk about the Bible was new to me. I can never forget the 91st Psalm as it was read to me at my first treatment. The practitioner gave me an English Bible, but I could not read a word of it. I would read a little from the Danish Bible and then a little from the English, until I learned to read from Science and Health, and now I can read and speak English quite well.

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