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Memorizing First Lessons
Sometimes a teacher questions whether or not the pupils should be expected to commit to memory the passages designated in the Manual of The Mother Church by Mary Baker Eddy as their first lessons— namely: the Ten Commandments, the Lord's Prayer with its spiritual interpretation given on pages 16 and 17 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy, and the Beatitudes. (See Sect. 3 of Art. XX.) No one questions whether one should become letter-perfect in memorizing the Lord's Prayer, and it is generally felt that the other portions of the first lessons should be so learned. These are basic lessons in divine law, and when committed to memory, they are readily available throughout one's entire human experience as a standard for thought and action. And their significance and efficacy continue to unfold with application.
The following accounts show how several teachers have helped their pupils to learn the first lessons. One teacher writes:
E. MARGARET OSBORN
THE WALLS OF ZION
HUMILITY—THE WAY TO SPIRITUAL UNDERSTANDING
LUCILLE P. SHIRLEY
W. A. GIBSON MARTIN
GROWTH IN GRACE
MARION POWELL GOODNER
ELSIE STAHL ODERWALD
THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE READING ROOM
JEANNE STEELY LAITNER
THE SUNDAY SCHOOL
Marion Louise Kinnard
A WEEK OF UNIVERSAL PRAYER
Robert Ellis Key
WHAT IS OUR BUSINESS?
RADIO PROGRAM No. 69 - A Proof That Prayer Heals
Alice B. Hyatt
With a deep and humble desire...
Edith F. Ehinger
My heart is filled with gratitude...
"Blessing, and glory, and wisdom...
Mary Jessie Koushnareff
While suffering from a rheumatic...
Prudence Marie Beyer
Many of us who have had the...
Lois E. Keding
Christian Science has proved to...
William M. Richardson
My first interest in Christian Science...
Roxana C. Scales
With what joy and gratitude I...
Ila Harrold Marsh
It is in deep gratitude to Mary Baker Eddy...
Agnes E. Caldwell
It is with great joy that I testify...
Frances Neiman with contributions from Oscar Neiman
Signs of the Times
with contributions from William O. Rogers, Stanley B. Sudbury