From boyhood I was afflicted with so-called stomach...

From boyhood I was afflicted with so-called stomach trouble, supposed to have been inherited. I never knew what it was to be entirely free from pain, and as I grew into manhood it stayed with me. Christian Science found me, ten years ago, a most miserable man, without God, without health, and without hope in this world; the vision before me then was nothing but misery.

Twenty years previous to this time I left the church to which I belonged, because I could no longer believe in the concept of God as there taught. Many times I prayed earnestly to God for healing, but He seemed to be too far away for any prayers of mine to reach. I had been trying for years to live a Christian life, but I made a most miserable failure of it, for I could not harmonize the teaching of the church and the teaching of the Bible. I was taught that I should be contented; perhaps it was God's will that I should suffer. To my way of thinking, this seemed very unreasonable, for I as human parent could not see my own child in misery when it was in my power to prevent it; so I finally did not believe in any God at all. I left all religion, Bible study included, behind me, and went from bad to worse. Many a time I thought seriously of ending it all, and if it had not been for leaving my dear family in poverty, I undoubtedly should have done so; but during all these years there was a "still small voice" which said there was yet hope for me, and that some day I should find the true God.

It is perhaps needless to say that I had tried all kinds of physicians and remedies. At first, some of the remedies seemed to help me somewhat, but after taking the medicine for a time I would feel worse than I did when I began, so I left the physicians as I did the church, but continued to take great quantities of medicine, although I received no lasting help. I will say, however, that I have nothing but respect and love for the honest physicians who endeavored to help me, and did what they could and what they thought was right. I know what it is to go with one or two hours' sleep for night, after night, until my condition became unbearable, and I was irritable and disagreeable to my family, and to those with whom I came in contact in business or otherwise; at times I could not attend to business at all.

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Testimony of Healing
A sense of deep gratitude impels me to testify to several...
June 21, 1913

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