It is with a deep feeling of gratitude for the many blessings...

It is with a deep feeling of gratitude for the many blessings enjoyed by me and by my family through the application of Christian Science to our problems that I give this testimony. Over five years ago, while engaged in the practice of medicine and surgery, Christian Science was presented to me by a sister who had a few years before first experienced its healing power. At that time I was a victim of the drink and tobacco habits and wholly incapacitated to continue my professional duties. My desire was, and had been for a long time, to overcome these habits, but I saw no way to obtain this freedom. As a physician I had entertained considerable prejudice against Christian Science; just how much I did not know as it was not at that time very well known in the section where I practiced medicine and therefore did not interfere with my business from the standpoint of competition. Had it done so, there is no doubt that I would have been an active opponent.

When it was presented to me, however, I offered no resistance to Christian Science as I had become thoroughly subdued through mental and physical suffering. The world had given quite liberally of its so-called pleasures, but when called upon through its false doctrines to repair the damage done and restore to a normal condition the wrecked mentality and bring back to the home the happiness of old, it was not equal to the occasion. Still indulging my habits, I began to read Science and Health and in it found food, for it aroused a desire to know something about the works of Jesus; and I seemed from the first to be confident that it contained the truth about God and His creation. It required some time to effect a healing, as I did not accept the help so generously offered as much as I might have done; however, in about three months I gained my freedom and a keen interest in Christian Science, also a determination to progress in the understanding of God and His creation as explained by Mrs. Eddy.

September 20, 1919
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