I would put on the garments of praise as I give thanks...

I would put on the garments of praise as I give thanks for the spiritual consciousness that has come to me through Christian Science. With seemingly everything to make me happy and contented in the way of human relations, and with a purse sufficient to meet every modest desire, I was yet as one alone in a strange land. I was living at that time in Portland, Ore., but had become so depressed that I had resigned my business connection in that city and made plans for a two-years outing on horseback, as I believed that an outdoor life held contentment and curative qualities for mind and body. A Christian Science friend, however, who had himself been greatly helped, counseled me to stay in Portland, saying it was unnecessary for me to sacrifice the best years of my business life searching for those treasures which must be found within. Immediately upon beginning to read Science and Health, I knew I had found the remedy for all that ailed me, the fountain of life and love, forever springing up from the infinite source. I drank thirstily, eagerly, day and night, from the revealed Word of God, and almost at once the desire for smoking dropped from me, never to return.

How happy I was now, that arrangements had been made for my departure, in the knowledge that I was free for a while from the thoughts of business! Time to study and ponder the Word of God seemed a blessed privilege indeed, and I made good use of it. Arriving at my destination, however, I found that my intended companions on the outing could not go; but so engrossed was I with the study and contemplation of this wonderful truth, that I was not appointed at all. In fact I was glad, for now I had two new companions, the Bible and Science and Health, and during two months these were diligently read, as was also the other Christian Science literature which I found at the reading-room. A few treatments from a practitioner rooted out the beliefs of a supposititious material creation, and I learned to look, as St. Paul declared we always should, "not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen," and to understand that "to be spiritually minded is life and peace."

A telegram came from my former main office in Seattle, offering me a position, and I promptly wired my acceptance, for I had been fed bounteously with the Word of God and was ready to try the demonstration of its divine Principle, God, an ever-present help in time of trouble. My financee, who had also recently become interested in Christian Science, was at this time traveling in Europe, and upon her return we were married. Since that time we have joined The Mother Church, whose Board of Directors we lovingly support as those into whose hands our most dear and revered Leader in her far-seeing wisdom placed it. Many blessings are ours, and these are multiplied as we become more alert, more faithful in increasing the talents given us. Various physical ills, such as colds, throat trouble, accidents, rheumatism, and other bodily problems, have presented themselves in our family, but all have been overcome in Science with the aid of faithful practitioners.

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Testimony of Healing
I seem unable adequately to express my gratitude to God...
May 3, 1913

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