Many years ago, as a young husband and a young father, I was a...

Many years ago, as a young husband and a young father, I was a run-of-the-mill salesman. I thoroughly believed in the use of alcohol for success as a saleman. I erroneously thought it would open certain doors and present me as a hail-fellow-well-met. I also believed the use of alcohol was necessary to reach a proper social status. The habit was indulged in to the point where it was rapidly robbing me of my ability to be responsible for the support of my home and family or to hold a job.

Finally I was convinced of the error of my ways but found it impossible to overcome the habit. Then in sheer desperation I went with my wife to a Wednesday evening testimony meeting in a branch Church of Christ, Scientist. At this meeting I was particularly impressed by the kindliness and understanding shown me by the members of the church. I was given the feeling that I belonged. I was not looked upon as an outcast or a hopeless sinner. There I heard facts which at first aroused my curiosity and later a desire for understanding. This led to a visit with a Christian Science practitioner. In due course I was healed not only of the alcohol habit but of the tobacco habit.

August 6, 1966

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