My first acquaintance with Christian Science was about...

My first acquaintance with Christian Science was about sixteen years ago, when my mother was healed in a few treatments of stomach disorder and other chronic ills of ten years' standing. I then began to read "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy, and other Christian Science literature, but did not take much interest in the subject. I would study a while and then lay the book aside. This went on for nearly eight years, when it came to me that I was not getting much help from my reading. I began to look for the reason, and soon found that I was trying to make Christian Science conform itself to my will, instead of permitting myself to be governed by divine Truth. There upon study began in earnest, and as own preconceptions were laid aside, I was better able to grasp the truth contained in our text—book, and benefits were received.

In 1903 I was compelled to quit work on account of malaria, and was in a very weak condition for six weeks, with no help from medical treatment. My mother finally prevailed and a Christian Science practitioner was called. She arrived in the evening, and being a friend of the family, remained that night. I had been unable for several weeks to eat any solid food, and was living on milk, which had become obnoxious to my taste. Christian Science treatment was given that night and the following morning. When dinner—time arrived I was ready with an appetite, for the fever was broken and my normal condition was not far off. I was at work again in two weeks from the time of treatment. About a years ago I was obliged to leave the office at noon on account of severe pain in my head and high fever. Finding myself unable to handle my own case, I asked my wife if she could assist me. She gave me treatment, and although I could have done my work the following day, I remained at home a day longer. No trace of this trouble has since manifested itself.

September 11, 1915

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