Mary Baker Eddy states on page 1 of the Christian Science...

Mary Baker Eddy states on page 1 of the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: "Thoughts unspoken are not unknown to the divine Mind. Desire is prayer; and no loss can occur from trusting God with our desires, that they may be moulded and exalted before they take form in words and in deeds." When Christian Science was first presented to me, it was certainly my desire to regain my health and be able to care for my children until they could care for themselves.

I had suffered for fifteen years. Every few weeks I had attacks of severe pain that kept me in bed for two or three days. Many material remedies were tried, including a double surgical operation, but to no avail. There seemed to be only more problems, including thyroid gland trouble, spells of weakness and nervousness, and low blood pressure. When I went back to my doctor, he described a very poor blood condition. My weight was only ninety-eight pounds. He didn't prescribe any more medicine but told me to keep on a special diet and continue to rest four hours each day. Knowing he had done all he could for me, and feeling no hope of ever being well again, I was tempted to end it all so as not to be a burden to my family.

At this point I decided to quit taking medicine and to turn to God. I heard of a neighbor who had been healed through Christian Science of tuberculosis and stomach ulcers after having been given up by the medical profession. At first I felt I was not good enough to be healed, but then an angelic thought came to me from the Bible (Acts 10:34): "Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons." Mrs. Eddy gives the definition of "angels" in Science and Health as: "God's thoughts passing to man; spiritual intuitions, pure and perfect; the inspiration of goodness, purity, and immortality, counteracting all evil, sensuality, and mortality" (p. 581). I am sure I was divinely led to Christian Science.

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September 19, 1970

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