This testimony is written in gratitude for the many...

This testimony is written in gratitude for the many blessings which have come to me through Christian Science, and with the hope that it may encourage some of the many earnest seekers for the truth. My good health for the past eleven years is due to the understanding of God gained through the daily study of the Bible and the Christian Science literature. Prior to the time, eighteen and a half years ago, when my parents started to study and apply Mrs. Eddy's teachings, I was continually ailing. Although my condition improved after that, I had to have treatment from a practitioner periodically for several years.

For perhaps six years I labored under the delusion that I could not grasp the method whereby the healing was accomplished, and yet, when placed in situations where I could not reach a practitioner, I found that I could prove the truth for myself. Though anxious to learn about the healing and to experience it, I did not fully realize the need of systematic study, and there were constantly recurring periods of several days when I would fail to read any of the literature. I thank God that this mesmeric belief has been broken. Now my uppermost desire is to devote my life to the study of Christian Science and to the practice of Christian healing as therein revealed.

My healings have been numerous, but as a clearer understanding of the Scriptures is gained, I have less to overcome in a physical way and harmony is instantly realized more often. Had it not been for Christian Science I would probably not be living to-day, for eleven years ago I came near passing on as the result of a virulent attack of typhoid fever which it was thought my abnormally weak constitution at that time could not withstand, but I was healed without drugs through the application of the power of Mind, God. Upon regaining consciousness I was permitted to start eating regular meals, although I could barely lift my hand to my mouth and my frame was terribly wasted. The fever delirium was broken in a week, but was followed by a heavy sleep or coma from which I was not finally roused for ten or twelve days more. According to the health laws of the region where I then resided, a disease such as typhoid must be reported to the board of health. Although we did not desire a doctor's visit, the practitioner complied with the law and a health officer was called. After looking me over he told the trained nurse in attendance that he did not believe I could pull through, and on learning that my parents were having Christian Science treatment for me he reported my condition as hopeless.

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January 19, 1918

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