Although I was baptized into an orthodox faith, my family...

Although I was baptized into an orthodox faith, my family had no definite church affiliations and I attended the Sunday schools of almost all of the larger denominations. When I was a young girl I joined one of these churches, but when I went out into the world alone I ceased attending any services and my life was spent in the pursuit of pleasure. One evening a friend invited me to attend a Wednesday evening testimony meeting with her. I was very much impressed with what I heard there, but, like many another, I thought Christian Science was useful only for the healing of disease, and as my health seemed perfect I felt I had no need for it.

Some years later a friend presented me with a copy of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy. I then began to attend both the Wednesday and Sunday services, and took intellectual pride in the belief that I understood this Science, for I still did not see that I needed it as a vital part of my daily life. I continued in this way for some time, getting the letter and not the spirit, but never thinking of trying to apply what I had been reading until one day I developed a severe sore throat. I had always accepted colds as a normal part of life, and had one or more each winter, but this was the most severe sore throat I had ever experienced. I managed to stay at my work all day, but upon retiring, and being unable to sleep because of the pain, the thought suddenly came to me, You have heard of people being healed just by reading that book. Why -shouldn't it heal you? I read the textbook for about an hour, but seemed to understand nothing, and then, although the pain was as severe as ever, I fell asleep. In the morning I found, to my great joy, that my throat was completely healed.

Even after this I was not ready to acknowledge my need for Christian Science, and went back to the "fleshpots" for a few years longer, periodically turning to Christian Science when things went wrong. I always received healing, notably of a bad case of double vision, which yielded after about two weeks' treatment by a practitioner, and of influenza, which was completely healed after about two treatments, so that I returned to my work feeling better than I ever had, and with no period of convalescence.

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November 16, 1935

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