It is now nearly twelve years since I first began the study...

It is now nearly twelve years since I first began the study of Christian Science. From the first reading of Science and Health I was very much impressed with the entire reasonableness of its outlook, and indeed with what seemed to me then, and still seems, the obvious and self-evident truth of the solution of the life-problem, and the sublime answer contained within its pages to the eternal query of sickness and sin.

Although nominally a church-member and baptized and confirmed, I had never given religion, or indeed anything but my own pleasures, a really serious thought. In some ways, perhaps, this was as well for one who would never have had the moral courage fairly to face questions to which there would have been no answer; one who would have shut his eyes to facts and fancies alike and gone stumbling on through the darkness, bruising himself not a little and others a great deal. Fortunately for myself, the questions and answers came simultaneously, and I can never be sufficiently grateful for the real salvation which that implies. The first reading of Science and Health seemed to carry me off my feet, the second to set me on them; but a practical application was needed to give me any real firmness, and I got it.

An intermittent, lingering, and at times very painful internal trouble made its appearance. I had help from more than one practitioner at times, but did not seem to get any better. I say did not seem, because on looking back I can see that real progress was being made all the while, and that mere physical relief was the last and least of my needs at that time. To make a long story short, the trouble continued with various ups and downs for some years, during which time I had far more help from friends than I ever deserved, until finally the ailment disappeared altogether. It seemed to go out one day just like a candle, and beyond an occasional very feeble attempt at a flicker it has never returned. "Exactly!" some skeptics may say; "you grew out of it!" and I confidently believe that is what I did do.

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Testimony of Healing
I have most fervently desired wisdom and understanding,...
June 20, 1914

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