The first time I heard of Christian Science I objected...

The first time I heard of Christian Science I objected to it and opposed its teachings. Shortly after this I went on a visit with a friend who was a Christian Scientist. She was taken suddenly ill and those around us opposed Christian Science treatment and insisted that a physician should be called. Under my friend's directions, however. I read Science and Health to her and understood that she was treating herself, although I had no definite idea of what this treatment was at that time. At any rate she was soon well and I was impressed with the result, but was not convinced.

Soon after this I fell and injured one of my ankles. My friend offered to treat me: I accepted and was instantaneously healed. This puzzled me, as this ankle had always been weak and had been injured several times before and had each time confined me to my room for two and three weeks, during which time I had suffered intensely and was not able to put my foot to the floor. To have this sudden relief from pain seemed wonderful to me. yet I did not think very seriously of Christian Science. I was doubtful. although at times I would take treatment, but at other times would refuse to listen, thinking it wrong to accept the healing without accepting the religion.

I was a member of an orthodox church and was its regular soloist, so had ample opportunity to hear its doctrines expounded, and concluded that I would not be faithful if I listened to anything else. About this time I suffered with a trouble in my ear. My physician was out of town and I was advised to call a Christian Science practitioner, which I did and the pain was relieved in a very short time. With the healing came, for the first time, a longing to know more of the truth which could heal sickness as well as sin. Gently and firmly I was shown the way. I continued to take treatment and was healed of an internal injury which physicians said would require an operation to overcome. In addition to this I have been healed of other severe ailments and many of the troubles to which flesh is heir. I had worn glasses for about twelve years, but the necessity for wearing them was removed and I found I could see better without them. I am thankful for the physical healing which has come to me. but more thankful for the spiritual uplifting and the ability to conquer anger, pride, and a feeling of having been injured. At times it seemed hard to follow in the way divine Love was leading me. but with loving assistance I was enabled to say, "I will follow and rejoice, all the rugged way" (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 398).

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Testimony of Healing
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November 16, 1907

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