Many years ago, during a period of great mental and...

Many years ago, during a period of great mental and physical distress, a dear Christian Scientist came into my environment. Seeing my need, she told me of Christian Science. I had previously heard of it, but only in a negative way; and I had bought the textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, but did not understand its language. Then there came to me a dear, loving student of Christian Science, who had practiced it and had seen the application of the Principle of its teaching heal the sick and comfort the sorrowing! I listened eagerly to her explanations, hungering to know this truth for myself. She said to me, "You are ready for Christian Science." I shall never forget the earnestness of those few words, nor the joy they gave me. I knew there was now within my reach that for which I had long sought.

I had endeavored for years to gain a satisfying sense of God. My early training had been such that I had been led to believe that God was made manifest to me in His punishment of me, but I had heard nothing about Him as Love. The former belief did appear to be a fact, and often I wondered what I had done to deserve such punishment. Of late I had prayed to see the manifestation of the truth about God; and I have always believed and declared that the presentment to me of Christian Science was an answer to my prayers.

I then began again to read Science and Health, and its meaning was no longer obscure. The joy of that reading and of the revelation of Truth contained within the pages of that wonderful book can never be told. The Bible Lessons in the Christian Science Quarterly, which I studied with the greatest avidity, enabled me gradually to grasp the spiritual meaning of the Bible. In the joy of what I was gaining I gave little heed to the body, and was rejoiced when I became conscious of freedom from a severe form of indigestion of many years' standing, and found myself eating all kinds of food, whereas heretofore my chief diet had been graham bread and hot water. During this period of reading and study I was also healed of chronic tonsillitis and bronchitis, which had been with me from childhood, and for which I had taken many remedies and also had undergone an operation. These, my first healings in Christian Science, occurred many years ago through my reading and study of the Christian Science textbook, as I have stated, and the troubles have never returned.

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August 11, 1928

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