In January, 1899, I first heard of Christian Science

In January, 1899, I first heard of Christian Science. I had been an invalid for over twenty-five years. Part of the time I had been able to do my housework with some assistance, at other times I had to have help to do all the work. I had taken a great many kinds of medicine and had several doctors, but none of them did me any permanent good. I suffered from female diseases, also stomach trouble which affected me to such a degree that at times I had to retire from my own family to get my nerves quieted. At other times I could take nothing for weeks but liquid food. It seemed as if there was not a sound organ in my whole body. I also injured my left hip about three years before receiving Christian Science treatment. This troubled me constantly and I was treated by one of the best doctors in the city, but received no benefit. One day a neighbor came in and spoke of Christian Science. I had never heard of it before and asked her what it was. She could not tell me, but said I might have some literature that a lady had given her to read. She also said there was a Scientist who came to the city twice a week. I read the literature which she gave me, and saw at once that Christian Science was the truth. I had a great desire to talk with the Scientist, so sent by a friend, asking her to call and see me, which she did without delay. At that time I could do scarcely anything. I liked what the Scientist said, also what she read from the text-book "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy, and decided to take treatment, which she gave me at once. I began to improve, at first slowly, but I could see from week to week a steady gain. I was very thin in flesh, but soon commenced to gain in this respect, and kept improving until I weighed a hundred and thirty-six pounds. I could then do all my own work, walk all over the city, and felt well.

When I compare the present with the time when I was almost helpless, words are inadequate to express the joy that comes into my consciousness, and I thank God, also Mrs. Eddy, through whom this blessed truth has been revealed to mankind. My great desire is so to live that I may reflect Truth and Love, and be worthy the name of Christian Scientist.

Mrs. Delia A. Jackman, St. Albans, Vt.

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November 16, 1907

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