Christian Science was first mentioned...

Christian Science was first mentioned to me when an aunt, who had just begun its study, remarked that I should look into it for there was nothing else like it. I brushed her advice aside, thinking that this Science was just some ism.

Seven years later Christian Science came into my experience to stay when I was invited to serve as a musician in a branch Church of Christ, Scientist. After serving a few weeks I bought the textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, and the Christian Science Quarterly. Some months passed before I began to study, however, for I questioned whether it was the truth. I was teaching a large Sunday School class in one of the Protestant churches, and was reluctant to give up the class and brave the publicity of my action until I was sure Science was what I was looking for. I am grateful that at the time doctors declared me in need of a physical healing, for it spurred me on to determine whether or not Christian Science is true. My answer came in an unexpected and convincing manner.

I was with a group of friends, none of whom was a Christian Scientist, on a fishing trip in the mountains of New Mexico. One morning we left very early, riding pack horses to Lake Catherine, a distance of six and a half miles from our camp near Cowles, and planned to ride back that afternoon and evening. On the trip to the lake my horse scraped my right leg against a tree. I am mentioning this incident to emphasize the significance of another one that happened later that day. We started back to the camp in the afternoon. I became frightened at the sharp turns the horses were forced to make on the hairpin curves, and a panicky foreboding of an accident took possession of my consciousness. I did not believe anything would happen to me, but I began to pray silently for everyone else in the group in the best way I knew how.

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Testimony of Healing
Christian Science came to me...
August 3, 1946

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