My gratitude for Christian Science is unbounded

My gratitude for Christian Science is unbounded. I became interested in this new-old truth after ten years of physical and mental suffering. Three or four years of stomach, liver, and bowel trouble had made me a nervous wreck, and I suffered also from intense fear, sleeplessness, and weakness of the heart and eyes. As I was always in dread of physicians, I endured all I felt was possible before asking for medical aid. The doctor who helped me the most was a specialist that gave me no medicines and prescribed no strict and limited diet, but said he believed in giving nature a chance to do the work. His advice gave me confidence in myself, and I improved so that I was soon well enough to take up the work which I had not been able to do for more than a year and a half.

I was not, however, relieved mentally. The darkest side of everything was continually before me. I could see little else but evil and suffering, and I began to wonder if there was a God. Then I lost interest in my old church and attended other churches, also read various kinds of religious literature, hoping that somewhere I might find comfort. While I had gained sufficiently in physical strength to resume my work, I was far from well, and it was with interest that I heard of Christian Science as a healing religion, for now I was without either health or religion. But I was not ready to accept this teaching, and I spent an additional time in doubt and misery.

After a while, however, having heard that Christian Science appealed strongly to people of discerning thought, I went with a friend to a Sunday morning service, with the result that I attended the church services quite regularly for several months. That was in 1909. In December of the same year I left Chicago to come to the state of Washington. Upon my arrival here, I found that those with whom I came in contact would not tolerate Christian Science. In order to avoid any unpleasantness, therefore, I concluded to drop it for the time being, thinking that perhaps it was not the right thing for me to have, since I seemed to encounter so much opposition.

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Testimony of Healing
I wish to express my gratitude for Christian Science
April 11, 1914

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