I was only a few years old when my parents become interested in...

I was only a few years old when my parents become interested in Christian Science. My father was a minister of an orthodox religion. When someone gave him one of the Christian Science periodicals to read, he soon realized that this was the only religion for him. Although he had a large family to support, he withdrew from the ministry with the full approval of my mother. Both parents devoted their time to the study and practice of Christian Science. All their needs were met, and through their acceptance of the teachings my father was healed of chronic dyspepsia, from which he had suffered for many years.

My mother experienced a serious nervous breakdown, which caused mental disturbance for a considerable time. Through the loving help of newfound friends in Christian Science, and the operation of this Science in our home on her behalf, she came out of this illness completely healed. It is no wonder that I was able to enjoy a happy, healthy childhood free from the complaints that many children have to endure.

After leaving school and college I was invited to spend some moths with a friend in South Africa. One day I began to feel very ill, and my condition become worse as time went by. The pain, which was the first indication that anything was wrong, intensified considerably. My hostess, a Christian Scientist, who had previously been fully trained as a medical nurse, diagnosed the case as acute dysentery. A Christian Science Practitioner was called to give me treatment. I had a very rough night, and the practitioner was contacted several times during the night. I do not remember any specific thought that was given me, but I felt that I was the "atmosphere of Love divine" (Christian Science Hymnal, No. 144) and as a child of God could not entertain any false belief concerning myself. I understood that when I fully accepted this truth I would be free.

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September 18, 1971

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