While employed as a trained medical nurse, I asked a co-worker...

While employed as a trained medical nurse, I asked a co-worker why she was so successful. She replied any success in her work she attributed to her study of Christian Science. "What is that?" I asked. She said, "If you would really like to know, why not attend a Christian Science lecture?" She told me one was to be given the next evening, and gave me an invitation card. Although I did not understand much of what the lecturer said, the seed was sown.

Some time later I was transferred to a country town three hundred miles from my home, and I felt resentful and lonely in this move. To interest young people in the town, it was decided to open a library. Books were donated, and in one consignment there was a copy of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, which I decided to read. From that reading my whole outlook changed. Later I met a student of Christian Science who invited me to her home and explained about studying the Lesson Sermon in the Christian Science Quarterly. Thus commenced my study of Christian Science.

Then a testing time came. A doctor found me in a state of collapse, and after examination said I needed immediate surgery for cancer. He gave me a letter to a city surgeon. During the twelve-hour train trip to the city, it came distinctly to my thought to go first to the Reading Room I had been writing to and ask for help there. God was surely leading me. At the Reading Room the attendant gave me guidance on how to contact a Christian Science practitioner. This I did, and an immediate interview was arranged. That was a most enlightening experience, and I left the practitioner's office with such a sense of God's love and protecting care that all fear left me. I returned to my work the next day.

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February 24, 1968

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