When I first heard of Christian Science I was confined...

When I first heard of Christian Science I was confined in a sanitarium where I was under treatment for a severe nervous breakdown, the result of years of ill health and a major operation. I was in this institution for about a year and a half. The doctors said that I would recover sufficiently to be around again but that I never could engage in any sort of strenuous work.

About this time my husband became interested in Christian Science and tried to tell me some of the wonderful healings he heard about. But I would not even listen, and usually went off in a fit of hysteria, until for a while he stopped talking about it. In the course of time I was able to leave the sanitarium and go home. My husband finally persuaded me to go to church, "just for once," as he put it, "to see what a beautiful church it is." This I consented to do, and that visit proved to be the turning point of my whole life. I think the thing that impressed me most was the love, kindness, and cordiality with which the members greeted me after the service. Later in the day the thought came to me that these people must possess something wonderful that I knew nothing about, to be able to express so much love to an entire stranger; and from that time on every prejudice, born of ignorance, vanished, and in its place was a humble, sincere desire to find out for myself just what was the teaching of Christian Science.

I could scarcely wait for the next day to come, so that I might visit a Christian Science practitioner and learn something of how to go about the study of Christian Science. I told him that I was not interested in physical healing, although I was sadly in need of it; but I wanted to know what Christian Science was. There seemed to be a great longing for something outside of and above self. I shall never forget that first visit. As I lived seven or eight blocks away, I took a surface car to my destination, but upon going home I completely forgot all about the cars and walked all the way, something I had not been able to do for a long time. Previous to this, a walk of scarcely one block caused such extreme fatigue that I would nearly sink to the pavement with exhaustion.

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Testimony of Healing
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December 13, 1930

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