Enlistment at Age Twelve

Applying for membership in The Mother Church is not something to be done lightly. You can do this when you're twelve years old or more, but it's not like joining a school or neighborhood club that you can feel free to leave at any time. The Manual of The Mother Church by Mrs. Eddy allows anyone who believes in the teachings of Christian Science to become part of this universal institution established through God's power, and the expectation is that membership will be a lifetime thing. It means you join a vast company of people all over the world who believe that God, divine Love, is All-in-all, and you undertake to do your best to live according to this fact as the Bible, and especially Christ Jesus, show us how.

Mrs. Eddy says in Science and Health, "The Christian Scientist has enlisted to lessen evil, disease, and death; and he will overcome them by understanding their nothingness and the allness of God, or good." Science and Health, p. 450; You undertake to do this as much as you can.

November 1, 1975
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