Five years ago I became interested in Christian Science,...

Five years ago I became interested in Christian Science, not through a physical healing, but because the religion seemed to appeal to me; and I also had a desire to know what made Christian Scientists so different from other people. My husband, who was also interested, and I started to attend church, thinking that was the best way to find out. I knew very little of the Bible, as I could never understand it; but when I commenced reading it together with "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, I could hardly get enough, and every day wanted more.

About two months after I came into Science my youngest son, then about sixteen years old became very ill. We called a physician, who pronounced the case scarlet fever. I had always had great fear of contagious diseases, but I was quite surprised to see how calm and fearless I had become. Of course, we were quarantined for twenty-eight days, as is the custom. During the first few days I read constantly in my spare time; and one evening, while my son was very restless, he asked me to read to him from Science and Health. I consented gladly, but had not read very far when he was sound asleep. I kept on reading, and the strength and help I received can hardly be told. In a few days the rash had entirely disappeared, and my son was feeling as well as ever. The doctor was baffled; he could not understand such a sudden change, as he said my son was a very sick boy. There never were any complications, which sometimes seem to occur after an illness of that kind. I was very grateful for this healing, which convinced me of the all-power of God.

One day when I was carrying a basket of clothes to the basement from our upper flat, in some way my foot caught and I fell eight or ten steps to the cement floor. I seemed to have no fear while falling, but declared the truth the best I knew how; and when I stood up I felt no inconvenience, but found I had only skinned an elbow. It seemed almost a miracle to me, as my weight at that time was about one hundred and seventy pounds. Before I became interested in Christian Science I underwent an operation for kidney trouble, and while it helped me for a while, the trouble returned. This time I turned to Christian Science; and in just one week I was healed, and have never had a return of the disease. One morning I awoke about five o'clock with terrible dizziness and nausea, and as I was planning to leave the city that morning my first thought was that I should not be able to go. I did my mental work, however, and in a few minutes fell asleep; but when I awoke again I was in the same condition. I then called a practitioner, who told me that "God is not the author of confusion, but of peace." With this thought I dressed. In less than an hour I was relieved, and felt well enough to leave on my train at half past ten. On arriving at my destination at half past six I was entirely healed. Other discordant conditions have been healed quickly, such as colds, stomach disorders, tonsillitis, and grippe.

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Testimony of Healing
In the fall of 1914 I began the study of Christian Science...
July 19, 1924

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