Immediately after I was released...

Immediately after I was released from the Marine Corps, in which I had served during World War II, Christian Science was presented to me by a friend who had just taken up its study. My first reaction was that my friend would lose all her sense of humor and be taken out of this world, so to speak. After a few hours of arguing, however, the desire to visit her practitioner came to me. The practitioner explained the Science of this religion briefly, and I could see that Christian Science was a religion of joy and spontaneity, whereas I had considered my orthodox religion rather dull and uninteresting.

I knew that Christian Scientists do not use material medicine, and that night I threw away my varied assortment of medicines. The next morning I awakened completely healed of a very serious rash which had persisted for several weeks and for which I had used many prescribed salves, with no success. The next few days I was so happy that I seemed to be walking on air, and within ten days I noticed all desire for smoking had left me, whereas I used to smoke a pipe, a cigar, and about a pack of cigarettes a day.

These healings so interested me that I began to study Science very earnestly. I was a heavy social drinker, and naturally this habit brought me in contact with people who also liked to drink heavily. When I attempted to stop drinking, these friends made it very difficult for me to do so, and in order to please them I would have a few drinks. After about a year of such wavering I was instantly healed one night, after many hours of consecrated study, when this thought came to me as plain as day: You are trying to please person and devoting very little time to pleasing God. This was a direct answer to my prayer, and I knew that I was healed. The next time I was offered a drink I had no difficulty in saying as nicely as I knew how, "No, thank you." From that time on I have mixed with people more than I ever had previously, and very seldom am I ever offered liquor of any kind.

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Testimony of Healing
When Christian Science was first...
August 9, 1952

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