In the Manual of The Mother Church (Art. VIII, Sect. 24)...

In the Manual of The Mother Church (Art. VIII, Sect. 24) the beloved Leader of the Christian Science movement writes, in reference to the giving of testimony as to the healing of the sick, "More than a mere rehearsal of blessings, it scales the pinnacle of praise and illustrates the demonstration of Christ, 'who healeth all thy diseases' (Psalm 103:3)." I feel such an overwhelming sense of gratitude for all the blessings that Christian Science has brought into my experience, that I would scale this "pinnacle of praise."

Owing to a fever which I had had when a very small girl, I was said to have a badly affected heart and increasingly defective eyesight. After much medical treatment, in 1904 I was pronounced incurably blind. Some years later the name of angina pectoris was affixed to the heart trouble. I loved study, and every effort was made to facilitate my education. After the verdict in 1904 I had to turn to the Braille for reading, and some years later I graduated as a qualified masseuse.

In 1924 a dear friend and patient, who was considered very delicate, was asked to see a Christian Science practitioner and consented to one interview. Not in the least understanding Christian Science previously, she seemed confused and worried as the result of this one visit, and I immediately undertook to refute, with the aid of the Bible, what I sincerely believed to be the falsities of this Science. Night after night I spent hours studying the Braille Bible that I might comfort my friend on the following day and satisfy her queries. After some days my friend suggested that I bring a Bible and tell her what to read aloud, for although very intellectual and scholarly, she knew little of the Scriptures. Thus we started studying together. About one month from that first glimpse into Christian Science my friend decided to seek its help. She sent for a practitioner, and after about a month's treatment she was up; all the disorder which had been so evident to my touch was corrected and she was well, radiantly happy and grateful. I was astounded, but firmly resolved to say nothing that would belittle this teaching which had wrought such a marvelous change in her. This was in April, 1924. We continued to meet as often as my busy practice would allow and to study the Scriptures together; but it was not until August that my prejudices fell away and I embarked, with my friend's aid, on a sincere search into the inspired explication of the truth which Christ Jesus lived, taught, and demonstrated. This truth, so clearly set forth in Science and Health, has transformed my whole experience.

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January 20, 1934

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