Christian Science was brought to my notice seventeen...

Christian Science was brought to my notice seventeen years ago, at which time I was a physical and mental wreck. I had just returned to my home in Iowa, satisfied that the pure air of Minnesota had no more help for me than did that of my own state. I had tried many physicians, and medicines of many different kinds, but I gradually grew worse. I then heard of faith-cure, but was told that it required a great amount of faith to receive benefit. If this was true, my case was hopeless, as I believed our sins could be healed only by going to God in earnest prayer, with a desire to live according to His laws in daily life practice; but I could not understand how a personal God could heal our diseases.

It was at this point that the message of Christian Science was sent to us through one of God's children, and we were told that it was faith with understanding which healed both sin and sickness. She sent me some tracts and other literature, together with "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." I read this book, but could not understand it. Like Peter, however, I had nowhere else to go, so I decided to give Christian Science a trial. I took some treatments from this same lady, and was instantly healed of bowel disorder of four years' standing, for which I had taken drugs daily. Again, I had been troubled with a throat affection for many years. This appeared in an alarming form, for my throat was in such a condition that I could not swallow. I was twenty miles from a Christian Scientist, so I took Science and Health and read for two days and the greater part of the night. The second day the canker began to disappear, and the swelling also. I had no treatments ; the ailment was destroyed by reading the book, and it has never returned. These were two very convincing proofs to me. I continued the study of the text-book, together with the Bible, and since then have used no other means to destroy the discords of sense.

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