I am grateful that from early childhood I had the opportunity to...

I am grateful that from early childhood I had the opportunity to attend a Christian Science Sunday School. The many lessons learned there often come to mind when needed. At that time the Sunday School teachers may have despaired at my seeming inattentiveness, but their loving persistence in presenting the truth to me through the use of the Bible and the textbook, Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy, gave me a foundation upon which to build.

I was drafted into military service during World War II. Although I was not working and studying Christian Science diligently, I felt the protecting power of God when situations arose that forcefully brought my attention to the fact of man's relationship to God. While going through the many physical examinations and classification procedures at the time of induction, I was struck by the thought of one of the Ten Commandments (Ex. 20:13): "Thou shalt not kill." This was uppermost in my thinking, and a way opened up for me to serve in a noncombatant assignment. I understood that my primary purpose was to help my fellowmen. Incidents occurred that as I reflect on them today after a deeper study of Christian Science show the truth of the teachings in our textbook.

February 7, 1970
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