About eighteen years ago I first heard of Christian Science,...

About eighteen years ago I first heard of Christian Science, but without looking into it I formed my own opinions, and while conceding some good to its teachings, limited its healing power to the overcoming of nervous troubles. Three years ago, the subject having been explained to her somewhat, my wife asked me if I had any objections to her looking into it. I said that I would be very glad if she did, with the mental reservation that if she got any good out of it I would take it up. The following Monday she went to the reading room and purchased some pamphlets and the Journal and Sentinel. We already had "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy in the house. I began reading this literature, and in one of the lectures something which I had always believed, the unreality of the devil, was stated so clearly that my curiosity was aroused. That evening I attended the Wednesday evening testimony meeting and during the silent prayer was able to see the good I had received years before while attending Quaker schools and going to their midweek meetings.

I continued to read the literature every spare moment, and Friday evening smoked my last cigar. The next morning I did not want to smoke, and Sunday, the one day in the week when I used to get the greatest enjoyment out of smoking, I still had no desire to smoke. My understanding of a Christian Science healing at that time was so vague that on Tuesday I decided I would not persuade myself into thinking that I did not want to smoke, so tried it, but the cigar was thrown away from me, as one would get rid of a rattlesnake.

January 11, 1919
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