As a teen-ager I had need for more appreciation of my home...

As a teen-ager I had need for more appreciation of my home and parents, together with a strong desire to continue my high school education. It was during the 1930 depression years, before the days of school buses in our area, and my parents could not afford the expense of boarding me in town to attend high school.

After I had thought on these matters most of one summer, an older brother returned home from several weeks' absence. While he and I discussed the happenings of the summer and my concern, he handed me from his travel bag a copy of the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy, saying, "Maybe this is what you are looking for."

As I opened the book and read on page 1, "The prayer that reforms the sinner and heals the sick is an absolute faith that all things are possible to God,—a spiritual understanding of Him, an unselfed love," my concern over appreciation for my parents and home was instantly lifted from me. From that moment on I was more appreciative of my home and parents than I had ever been before. Soon, without any initiative on my part, my dad told me I could use the family car to drive to high school and could get some milk customers in town to pay the car expenses.

September 11, 1971

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