My parents, who knew very little about Christian Science, enrolled...

My parents, who knew very little about Christian Science, enrolled me as a young child in a Christian Science Sunday School. But within two years we moved to another part of the country where I was no longer able to attend Sunday School. In my tenth year a lung and bronchial condition developed, and my parents sought aid from a physician, who predicted that my health would decline with the years and that there was relatively little that medicine could offer.

In hope that fresh air and sunshine would be of benefit, I was sent away to the country for a few weeks. One day while resting in the sun, I reflected on some of my Sunday School teachings, recalling that I'd been taught that the sun symbolized God. On page 595 of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures Mrs. Eddy defines "sun" as "the symbol of Soul governing man,— of Truth, Life, and Love." Therefore, I reasoned, the material sun could have no curative power over man. However, the sunlight of Truth and Love is curative; its presence heals. "Christian Science brings to the body the sunlight of Truth, which invigorates and purifies" (ibid., p. 162). I knew that the "sunlight of Truth" was permeating my entire being, leaving no shadow or spot untouched by its healing rays. My healing was instantaneous and permanent.

I was soon able to return to Sunday School, and what I learned there built a firm foundation for my continuing growth in Science. This was a great protection against the many temptations that arose in a theatrical career.

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October 21, 1967

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