I came into Christian Science like the majority of people,...

I came into Christian Science like the majority of people,—I forced to accept its help for physical troubles. I had what the doctors called systemic catarrh. It had caused deafness and stomach trouble, also hemorrhoids. I had been taking all kinds of remedies for several years, but grew gradually worse. I had tried everything I could hear of, and finally the doctors told me that I never would be well again unless I submitted to a surgical operation for the piles and hemorrhoids. I declined to do so, and about this time a friend suggested that I try Christian Science. I do not think there was any one more prejudiced against Christian Science than I was at that time, and I felt insulted. The friend persisted, however, and I finally told him I would go with him to see a practitioner, which I did, and I decided to take a month's treatment. I was given a copy of Science and Health to read. I then thought I could not understand it, and at the end of the month I sent it back.

A short time after this my wife was prevailed upon to try Christian Science for her health, which had been very poor for several years. She, like myself, was about discouraged with doctors and medicines, and decided to give Christian Science a trial. This of course brought Science and Health back into our home, and I began to read it again. I kept on reading it, and made up my mind that there was something in it, but I thought it was not for me. I, how ever, bought a copy, with the intention of solving the problem if I possibly could. I went on reading and taking medicine at the same time. I kept this up for about two years, while I gradually grew worse, and was very much discouraged and depressed.

It finally dawned on me that I had been breaking the first commandment, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me," by taking medicine; so I decided to quit the medicines and gave Christian Science a good fair trial. About three days after this I gained my first concept of the Principle of Christian Science. I was anxious to prove to my satisfaction that I had the right understanding by making a demonstration, so I applied the truth as I understood it to my tobacco habit of thirty years' standing. In less than twenty-four hours the for tobacco, both chewing and smoking, was totally destroyed, together with the appetite for drink and drugs. I then applied this same truth to my ailments, and while it was not an instantaneous cure I knew inside of a week that it was not necessary to have an operation performed. Inside of sixty days I had gained thirty pounds in weight and was feeling perfectly well again.

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Testimony of Healing
While seated at my writing table one day, there came...
April 21, 1906

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