While I was living in a far western state, Christian Science...

While I was living in a far western state, Christian Science was brought to my attention by a sister residing in the East who sent me a copy of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy. I soon returned the book to her with the comment that I thought she was extremely foolish and quite peculiar to have taken up such absurdities as were being taught by Mrs. Eddy. I felt that I knew all about Christian Science, and all about Mrs. Eddy, as I had been reading some very unfriendly criticisms and articles which were then being published in the current magazines. It was again brought to my attention by my brother, who had been healed, and this time I gave it more heed. We purchased a copy of Science and Health and a Christian Science Quarterly, subscribed for the Journal and Sentinel, and began to study in earnest. I was particularly blessed in that my wife was also very desirous of learning more about this religion, as we both were much in need of help. Soon we had a reason for the faith that was in us regarding this new-old religion. We identified ourselves with a very small group that met in a private home to read the Lesson-Sermons from the Quarterly. This group later moved to a lodge hall, which move ultimated in the purchase of a lot and the building of the first Christian Science church edifice in that state.

Words and space are inadequate to express my gratitude for the many benefits received from my study and application of Christian Science. I smoked a great deal. I soon began to feel I should not smoke while reading the textbook or our Christian Science literature, but should confine my smoking to times when I was doing other reading. Soon my cigars did not taste right. I changed brands many times, but there was still something wrong. I purchased a pipe and tried it, and this too failed. I again returned to my cigars, but one evening after dinner I attempted to light one and it was so nauseating that I awakened to the fact that I was healed. I have not smoked or used tobacco nor desired any since that time, about twenty years ago.

Testimony of Healing
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May 20, 1933

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