[Original testimony in German]

I had been searching for God for many years, first in...

I had been searching for God for many years, first in one denomination and then in another. In between, there were times when I would throw everything religious aside and live with no thought for the morrow, which conduct I would justify as follows: Others live without God and enjoy life, why should not I? But there always remained an inner dissatisfaction.

Then came the hard years of war, and with them distress. My heart became affected, and I suffered from nervous headaches and severe rheumatism. I had many kinds of treatments, but all in vain; and finally, not having the courage to try a new cure, I let go of everything. My nearest relatives passed on, and I was thoroughly discouraged. Then in November, 1921, a friend drew my attention to Christian Science. She suggested that I write to a Christian Scientist and empty my heart to him. At first I read pamphlets, then the passages pointed out to me in the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy; and now I study the textbook every free minute I have.

The new way of thinking brought about an entire change in everything. The heart, which had troubled me so many years, was healed in a very short time. I can now run, operate a sewing machine, take long walks,—all of which I was formerly unable to do. The other troubles, too, have vanished; and the work which formerly was a burden to me has become a joy. At every step I feel God's love. My material needs have also been met. My salary, which was insufficient to buy the necessities of life, was doubled, and a few months later was again raised. I was sick, down-hearted, poor; now I am healthy, happy, and have enough to live on, so that I can even help my sister.

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April 19, 1924

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