All my life prior to the age of sixteen was spent in a rigid...

All my life prior to the age of sixteen was spent in a rigid religious atmosphere, my father being a clergyman. A deep desire to understand the Bible was with me; but when I made inquiries, I was rebuked for daring to doubt any account it contained. Finally, I came to feel that its promises were not understandable. Thereafter, I classed it as a set of fables, the fruit of fertile imaginations: and any one or anything that savored of religion was shunned.

For four years all conventions were flung to the winds; and taking as my motto, "Eat, drink, and be merry," I started out in a search for happiness. Soon, my health began to fail; and the drug store became my highest concept of salvation.

After marriage, three dear little ones came; and at this stage of the journey, the load began to be very heavy. Limitation on all sides produced dark discouragement. God was only a word to me, with no thought of good attached to it. After suffering a complete nervous collapse, I was treated for five years with hypodermic injections of tuberculin, along with a tonic that represented life to me. I had also medicine for nervous spells, a nightly physic, and sleeping powders. The doctor told me that I was saturated with medicine. All proved of no avail; and as a surcease from all woe, an operation was offered. This was to do away with backaches, which were continual, and seemed to be driving me insane. I feared to be alone with the children. The operation was hailed with joy, but it did no good.

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Testimony of Healing
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March 8, 1924

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