Several years ago I found myself in a small southern...

Several years ago I found myself in a small southern town, away from friends and all former associations and environments; and I felt away from God. I was lonely and miserably unhappy, and thought that life held nothing for me but disappointments and failures. My sister, who was visiting me when I was in the depths of blackest gloom, had be come slightly interested in Christian Science through reading some of the literature, and she urged me to investigate this religion and see if it would help me. But I refused to listen to her, and would have nothing to do with anything as queer as I at that time thought Christian Science to be.

Some time after my sister had returned to her home, I was driven in desperation to seek comfort and consolation from a friend who was a Christian Science practitioner. Although I had been antagonistic to her faith, the testimony of her healing had always fascinated me, and I had often asked her to repeat the story of her wonderful restoration to health when she had been given up to die with tuberculosis of the lungs. I asked her that afternoon if there was happiness for me, and what I could do to lift the veil of despondency that was obscuring everything good from me. She told me that my happiness was here and now, and that all I had to do was to reach out and make it mine. She gave me a copy of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, after she had talked to me for some time, and told me to go home and read this book. Since that day I have never been without a copy of Science and Health, having purchased one for myself several weeks later.

Soon after this I went to California to visit my sister, and while there I said that if Christian Science was a wonderful as people said it was, it would take me away from my present home and I would be able to live near my sister. I even asserted that I would be through with this religion if it failed me in this that meant so much to me. A loved one pointed out to me that if there was anything to this religion I could demonstrate my happiness wherever I was, and that place had nothing to do with it.

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