In Denmark, where I was born,...

In Denmark, where I was born, an evangelical Protestant church was the established state church. My religious instruction in school covered a period of seven years, and there I got to know Bible history better than world history. But when I entered college my understanding of God and His creation was so at variance with the science courses that I could not reconcile the two teachings and consequently dropped religion from my thoughts for the time being.

After I came to the United States I lived in Chicago most of the time from 1891 until 1896, and while in that city I generally attended church services. In fact there were few denominations with services in English which I did not attend at least once. Strangely enough, however, I did not find a Christian Science church. One of my reasons for attending church services was to listen to eloquent speakers for the purpose of learning English. The religious aspect of the services interested me less because it did not satisfy my yearning for a better understanding of God and my relationship to Him. It was not until I found Christian Science, after moving to Florida, that I regained the foothold in religious interest that I had lost during my college days.

Christian Science came to me in an hour of extreme need. My wife had been under medical care for a long time, and when an eminent physician said he could do no more the outlook seemed dark indeed. That moment of extremity was God's opportunity, for a friend asked me: "Why not try Christian Science? I know someone who has a book on it which you may wish to borrow and read." I secured the book and read part of it before giving it to my wife, for I did not want her to get mixed up with some pseudo religion. This book was Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy. The teaching therein appealed to me, although I did not understand very much of it.

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Testimony of Healing
I should like to express my gratitude...
August 16, 1952

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