I wish to express my gratitude for all that Christian Science...

I wish to express my gratitude for all that Christian Science has done for me and for my family. Twelve years ago, when I was working in the Bureau of Lands, I had trouble with my eyes. My sight became so dim that I could hardly see in the daytime. At night, even if there was bright moonlight, I could not see and had to be led by some one. Then I asked my employer to give me a note for treatment at the hospital. I went, and a doctor examined me. He failed to detect the trouble, and sent me back again to my employer. Five days later my eyes were much worse. I greatly feared and went to a friend of mine, who began to tell me that material remedies are not of God. But I did not understand what God is. Later I remembered what my friend had told me and went to him again for help. I told him all about my troubles, and he advised me to pray; but I said I did not know how to pray, for I did not think God would understand my speech. He, however, assured me that God is all-knowing, supreme, divine Mind, almighty Principle, Truth, and Love. Two weeks later, my eyes were completely healed. Since then I have seen that God is my strength, light, hearing,—my all.

Before I began to know what Christian Science is, I did not know how to read or write. Many friends advised me to go to school, but I did not care to learn. After I received my healing through knowing something of the spiritual teaching of Christian Science, I desired to learn how to read and write. I learned that God is my creator, and that He would help me and open my understanding. With the desire to know about God, I entered school in July, 1914, and stopped going to school in March, 1916. I am thankful that now I can read and write a little in English. This verifies what Mrs. Eddy has written in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 494), "Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need."

In September, 1922, my little daughter was attacked with a high fever and with what the doctor called pneumonia. I wanted to call up a Christian Science practitioner, but we had instructions from our commanding officer to report any case in our family. To comply with the order I reported to my captain. He said, "You must take her to the hospital." Two doctors examined her. The first one shook his head and turned away, saying, "No more hope." The second one just looked at me without saying anything. Afterward he told me that if I wanted to pay two pesos and fifty centavos ($2.50) a day, he would keep the child in the hospital; but if I did not want to pay, I must take her to the civic hospital. I told him that I would keep her in the barrio camp. Then he said, "I will bet you a hundred dollars against one peso, if you keep that child in the barrio she will surely die." But I did not believe him, since God is eternal Life. When I started for home the doctor gave me some medicines, but I never used them. As soon as we reached home, my wife sent me for a Christian Science practitioner. She treated the child. When I reached home again I found the child sleeping. One week later she had completely recovered. She is now in perfect health, and we are very happy.

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November 29, 1924

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