The Lectures

Represa, Cal. (Folsom State Prison, auspices First Church, Sacramento).—Virgil O. Strickler,lecturer; introduced by Arthur E. Miller, who said in part:—

Up to five years ago I was quite bitterly opposed to what I then believed Christian Science to be. I never lost an opportunity to ridicule it or to make fun of its students; and in my ignorance I frequently warned people against it. Then a change began to come over my thoughts. I found that many bright, capable, intelligent men and women not only were accepting it but were finding great peace and joy and health and happiness through it.

Four years ago while in San Francisco, I was persuaded to attend Christian Science services. I would not have done that at home; I would have been ashamed to do so, but among strangers it seemed different, so I went. I soon learned that these people had found something which I needed, something I should have; something you need, something you should have; something the whole world needs, and something the whole world should have and will have. My prejudice was gone; my eyes were opened; and I began to see there was a mental world, a new heaven, a new earth, which I had never seen before, and I learned something of what real life is, of what real man is, of what God is. How I have since blessed those who led me to this source of all good, this open fount that is free to all!

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July 20, 1918

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