In early girlhood I became a member of a Christian church,...

In early girlhood I became a member of a Christian church, having been led through family influence and educational training to accept its teaching. Later in life, when Christian Science was brought to my notice, I found that the dual command, to preach the gospel and heal the sick, had a value, a meaning, hitherto unknown; that there was no authority in Scripture for separating these, and that obedience to the second clause, as well as the first, was the practical test of faith in God and our understanding of the Master's teachings.

During my earlier years I often had to be taken out of school for sickness, and afterward as a teacher had to give up that profession altogether, because of ill health. Some years later, in married life, when the heavy clouds of sorrow were about us in experiencing the loss of a beloved child, an only son, Christian Science came as a rift in the cloud, and said that "joy cannot be turned into sorrow, for sorrow is not the master of joy" (Science and Health, p. 304).

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