My mother and I began to study Christian Science together...

My mother and I began to study Christian Science together, and I shall always be grateful to her for her example of perseverance in trying to understand and use this truth, and for the wise way in which she encouraged me to look to it for guidance. I remember how happy I was to find in the Christian Science Sunday School satisfying answers to my questions, and to realize that the Bible and "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy contains instruction and inspiration which, when properly understood and applied, would solve every problem. Twenty years or more of trying to think and use this Science of right thinking have piled up indubitable proof that even a little understanding improves character, heals mental and physical ills, and inspires with right ideas, which bless abundantly.

As I look back on my school days I realize what an assistance Christian Science was to me. Many times such assurances as, "God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind," have enbled me to demonstrate poise, memory, and correctness in recitations and examinations. Also, in athletics and school activities, both of which I enjoyed, I had many opportunities to seek and find God's direction and illumination. Because of what I was learning in Christian Science I did not become confused or disillusioned when I studied the material sciences, psychology, philosophy, religious and secular history. Instead, the difference between the real, perfect, spiritual universe of God's creating and the whole unreal fabric of the theories, hypotheses, and material laws was all the more discernible. Besides, I found that Christian Science encourages one to be more alert to the beautiful in nature, art, music, and literature, and to discern and evaluate the good, unselfish, constructive thinking that has been contributed throughout the ages to the world's enlightenment.

During the last fourteen years, since I have been married and have had five children, we have all been studying and growing in our thought together, and it is continually a joyous experience. Through radical reliance upon God, sometimes with the help of a practitioner, somtimes with our own understanding, every testing time has blessed us with greater confidence in God's care and love. The false laws of childbirth, of children's diseases, burns, blood poisoning, indigestion, warts, earaches, enlarged tonsils, cuts, and so forth, have all yielded their negative claims to the truth. Earnest prayer for guidance in dealing with wrong traits of character has always been answered with ideas for human conduct that have resulted in correction and greater happiness. Many times we have realized that we received protection from contagion and accident. We are most grateful for all the manifestations of Love that have come to us through friends and other members of our family. We know that the best way to show our appreciation for the blessings that have come to us through the study of Christian Science is to try to be worthy of the name "Christian Scientist."

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Testimony of Healing
Christian Science comes to some individuals in the joy of...
August 22, 1936

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