My father was a deeply spiritual man, and from his...

My father was a deeply spiritual man, and from his teaching and example I gained a simple faith in God, which never really left me, though after the passing on of my beloved parents I left home and plunged into the pleasures of the world. I cannot remember a time when I did not feel weary and often ill, but my intense love of excitement and amusement always kept me busy, and working up to high pressure by sheer will-power. I entered a hospital for training as a nurse, and becoming deeply interested in the theoretical side of my profession, I soon became steeped in medical law, the results of which I was to reap later on in fear and consequent illnesses. I was always receiving special treatment in the form of stimulants and strong tonics to build up my system, but I often had to go off duty through illness. I lived in constant dread of taking cold, and with unfailing regularity, for seven or eight years before coming into Science, I was annually laid low with influenza, since when I have had only one attack, which was completely overcome in two hours by a realization of the truth of being, as taught in Christian Science.

After my marriage I seemed to go down-hill very rapidly from a health point of view, developing several complaints which had been lying dormant for years. I spent a most wretched two years, and I can now see that I must have been a great trial to my dear husband. Mentally I was a wreck, and I could not begin to tell of my misery, which I know now was caused through self-righteousness, self-pity, envy, hate, a whole army of conspirators. At the end of two years of married life I left home, ostensibly to seek health in a sea trip, since in spite of every care and many medicines and stimulants I did not improve, and my life seemed so much a failure that I prayed to die.

I was, however, searching for the truth. I spent some weeks in Melbourne looking into every new theory, but not one of them satisfied me. Always there was with me that Spirit-lighted word, truth, and my earnest prayer to be guided straight to it, wherever it was, I now know kept me out of by-paths of error. One never to be forgotten day I was strolling along the street, when my attention was arrested by a brass plate which bore this inscription, "Christian Science Reading Room—Open to the Public." I stopped and looked at it, and had a little argument with mortal mind, which said, "That's only something Christian, and you've had enough of that; you're after truth, not a new religion;" but I said, "I like the look of the word Science, and I said I would be faithful and search everywhere." So up I went to the room, and after the other occupants had left I opened a conversation with the lady who was in charge, and was at once impressed that she had a logical, sensible knowledge of her subject. When I became argumentative, she quietly handed me the text-book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," saying that it would answer all my questions satisfactorily. I read the book that night for some hours, and from that time dates the beginning of my healing.

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Testimony of Healing
It is with deep-felt gratitude to God for the many blessings...
June 14, 1913

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