Before coming into Christian Science I realized that I...

Before coming into Christian Science I realized that I must gain a better condition of thought, so I took up a line of studies that I had been over in my younger days, and the Bible was one among the many books I studied. It always seemed to me that it contained everything for me if I could understand it, and by turning thought from self to study, my health was very much improved.

Soon after this, Christian Science was presented to me by a friend. I did not know at the time why I enjoyed being with her, but I can see now that it was because she reflected Truth and Love. I realize, too, how wise she was in presenting Christian Science to me so that I might get the exact meaning of it. She asked me if I would read one of her books if she sent it to me. I consented to do so to please her, and for no other reason, for I had plenty of reading matter of my own and felt quite satisfied. She accordingly sent me "Miscellaneous Writings." I did not know what the book contained, and I was so little interested in it that I laid it aside till a more "convenient season."

Some time afterward I thought I would read the book carefully, in order that we might talk it over together. It appealed to me from the beginning, and I was convinced that it contained the truth I had been seeking, so my other studies were laid aside and forgotten. At its conclusion I knew that Christian Science was what I needed to bring me peace, happiness, and health. I was not satisfied to stop there, for I wanted "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." I therefore purchased it, together with Mrs. Eddy's other writings, and for many years I have made them a constant study. This course has brought me understanding. I have found that Christian Science is to be lived each day, and that today is the time to work. If my work is well done today, I need not be anxious about tomorrow. I realize more and more each day that I exist as God's idea and not as matter, that error is impersonal, a lie, and that a lie has no reality. Regardless of what mortals do or think, Truth remains "the same yesterday, and today, and forever."

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Testimony of Healing
Having received so many blessings through the reading...
August 8, 1914

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