In 1914, while visiting us, a relative brought to my attention...

In 1914, while visiting us, a relative brought to my attention the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy. I had never heard of this book before, but from the very first I knew that it contained the truth about God for which I had been searching. In a short time I purchased a copy, and I have proved it to be a "pearl of great price."

All went well for some time, but as our loving Leader has written in Science and Health (p. 540), "The muddy river-bed must be stirred in order to purify the stream." This process had begun. I had been in poor health for eleven years, under the doctors' care most of the time, and had undergone a serious operation. Until I glimpsed the truth that God's creation is not and cannot be sick, I believed it was natural to be sick. One night I was awakened with pain in my side, and I could hardly breathe. My husband insisted on calling the family physician, which he was accustomed to do frequently for the same complaint; but this time I refused to take any medicine. I wanted to use what understanding I had gained of Christian Science. I had no extreme fear as formerly, and when morning came I wrote to my relative asking for help in Christian Science. Before she received the letter I was entirely healed. I likened it to Isaiah's statement, "And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear." This gave me courage and increased my faith in God's loving care and power.

May 20, 1933

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