When the writer was old enough to go to school, she learned that the sun never rises or sets. When she questioned her teacher as to why we did not then call sunrise and sunset something else, the teacher merely said that it was more convenient to say "sunrise" and "sunset." This was the writer's first disappointment in the educational field. It seemed to her that if we spoke of things by names such as these that indicated precisely what the things did not do, we were likely to amass a great deal of false learning.

The writer's doubts about the reliability of the pedagogical methods she encountered lasted for years. But when she first read the textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, she had a feeling of utter restful satisfaction which she could not quite explain to herself. One day it dawned on her that this feeling stemmed not only from the joy with which she assimilated the great truths in this book, but from the realization that our Leader never used merely convenient phrases—never said anything that was not wholly, refreshingly true.

It was the healing of a helpless right arm that introduced the writer to Christian Science. A friend who had been reading Science and Health offered to help her through Christian Science treatment, saying that she longed to share even the little that she knew. It had been quite impossible for the writer to play the piano or use the typewriter, in spite of the kind and tireless efforts of the doctors over a period of six months. Her sole income came from her piano lessons to teachers, her courses of lecture recitals, and the weekly articles which she wrote for the American newspapers. The outlook was indeed dark.

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February 13, 1954

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