I was born in Budapest, Hungary

I was born in Budapest, Hungary. Six months after our arrival in this country, my father passed on in Asheville, North Carolina, leaving a wife and five children, I being the eldest, though only thirteen years of age. A few days later Christian Science was first introduced to me through my healing of dysentery in two treatments. The first of these was an absent treatment, but on the following day marked improvement permitted my being taken to the practitioner's home for a present treatment. Although I spoke very little English and the practitioner spoke nothing else, subsequent events proved that the seed of Truth was sown in my consciousness through this healing.

Several years later found me, still in my teens, in Havana, Cuba, in sole charge of the four younger children, their mother—my stepmother—having gone to Europe on a business trip. The youngest child, a girl about six years old, became very ill with spinal meningitis. The attending physician gave her his best care, but she grew worse and would lie in my arms in a state of coma, the spells of unconsciousness increasing in number and in length of duration. In the midst of my consequent unhappiness it occurred to me one day to hunt for the old copy of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy which had been given me at the time of my own healing, and which I had then laid aside unread because its language seemed to me too involved and too difficult to understand. To my amazement and joy I now found that reading in this book calmed and comforted me, although the child grew visibly worse and was taken to a hospital.

I continued to read daily, but a short time after this I came down with typhoid fever and was also taken to the hospital. After many days of complete unconsciousness, I heard these words: "It is all over; she is gone." I recognized the speaker's voice as that of the physician who had cared for my little sister and me, and realized that these words were said of me. Although unable to speak, I thought in reply, "If I get well, I shall be a Christian Scientist." My prayer to learn more of Christian Science was answered, for gradually full consciousness was regained, this thought remaining uppermost in my mind throughout; and my interest in Christian Science as a religion has never faltered from that day to this.

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Testimony of Healing
It is with a great sense of gratitude that I testify to the...
May 4, 1929

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