In 1916 I was divinely led to take up the study of...

In 1916 I was divinely led to take up the study of Christian Science, and for this I am very grateful. I knew absolutely nothing about this Science at the time. From childhood I was always being treated for some illness; and as I grew to womanhood conditions were not bettered, but became worse. Then after my marriage and the coming of children, these ills became very serious and I prayed many times that I might die, for I felt that I was a great burden to my husband. There were very few weeks throughout a year that I did not spend three or four days in bed and sometimes weeks without being able to get up.

During this time I knew that the physicians were very sincere in their efforts to help me. In 1916 a physician said there was nothing more to be done; that we could try another operation, but I should never come out of the ether. So I left him, and on my way home I was very busy wondering what I should do. Then I remembered that our little town had dedicated a new library a few months before and at that time I had looked over the various books on the shelves and had seen one called Science and Health. I had thought, Why, here is a new doctor book. So I stopped at the library and procured the book. I took it home and turned to the contents page to find what it could tell me about heart trouble, for this was my most serious trouble, although the doctor said that not one organ of my body was functioning normally.

I can never tell of the shock and fear that took possession of me when the first thing I saw listed on the contents page was the chapter on Prayer. Having always been considered a good church member, and not knowing what it was, I was afraid to read it. But the next morning a lady came to call on me. She had gone to the library the night before, also asking for Science and Health, and the librarian told her I had it, so she borrowed one from a friend. She brought me a Christian Science Quarterly and told me how people were healed by reading from the Bible and Science and Health. I was not willing to accept the Quarterly until she opened it and read some of the subjects, and as she read "God," "Life," "Truth," "Love," I thought such subjects could not harm me, so I took the Quarterly and began that very day to read and study, and to deny suggestions of error. In about two weeks friends and neighbors noticed the wonderful improvement in me and began to question me. They also tried to prevent me from becoming deeply interested; but my reply was the quotation, "Ye shall know them by their fruits," and I clung to the Christ, Truth. Two or three days after beginning to read, I took all medicines that had been in the house for my use and destroyed them. I have been healed of many ills, including female disorders, eye trouble, headaches, stomach trouble, and heart disease.

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Testimony of Healing
Deep gratitude for the wonderful blessings I have received...
December 7, 1935

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