My interest in Christian Science began when I was...

My interest in Christian Science began when I was about twelve years old. I was sent to the Christian Science Sunday School, although my family was not actively interested. There my concept of God, whom I had been brought up to reverence and to fear, was changed to that of a God of love, whose spiritual child I was and who protected me in all my activities. The simple explanations of the truth which I gathered from the Sunday school teaching have guided me many times and brought me back to the straight and narrow path when there was a temptation to wander.

In my sophomore year at college the influence of certain professors and student companions, as well as the reading of certain philosophers and free thinkers, led me to give up the study of Christian Science and to put it aside as of no use. I was successful in my studies, I was well,—why turn to God? But I was always troubled, and the time came when I failed in studies and in health. With the loving help of friends and practitioners in Christian Science, I was again brought to the light,—to see that I, God's idea, could not be separated from Principle, God, who had created me perfect. I was healed of many physical disorders, including chronic colds, stomach trouble, ptomaine poisoning (instantaneously), and of a broken collar bone in nine treatments, which a physician had stated would take at least six weeks to heal. Christian Science treatment enabled me to pass an examination in which I had failed four times. This was my final opportunity, and unless I passed I could not graduate. The experience at that time was indescribably sweet and beautiful. I felt the presence of God, guiding my hand; and I knew, as soon as I had finished, that I had passed. All doubt and fear had been dispelled. Previously, I had suffered a nervous breakdown and had had to leave college for about six weeks. This latter condition was also overcome. These experiences convinced me more than ever of the truth of Christian Science.

While in service during the war, I was healed of influenza when others about me were dying in great numbers. I was healed of the desire for strong drink, which I had contracted while in college. This, together with many temptations, had caused me great suffering. All were conquered through the realization of the omnipotence of the one Mind, God, in the understanding of which there is no place for the human will. During the submarine peril, when I was stationed on fire control watch, on a particularly dark night a ship beside our own commenced firing. I had but recently graduated from an officers' school and was practically ignorant of gunfire. The fear which I had at first entertained was dispelled, and I was able to summon the gunnery officer and to perform my own duties; for the thought had come to me as clear as the daylight, "God is here always." So that, while ships in our vicinity were being sunk, the one on which I was stationed was not attacked, and I made five trips through the war zone in safety.

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Testimony of Healing
"Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me,...
March 25, 1922

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