The joy and comfort I have gained and maintained from the...

The joy and comfort I have gained and maintained from the study of Christian Science inspire this testimony.

Until I was twelve, I attended a Sunday School of another religion, which sparked an interest in God, but did not satisfactorily define for me God's nature or purpose. With the permission of my father, not a Christian Scientist, my mother enrolled my sisters and brother and me in a Christian Science Sunday School. Within a few years, my understanding of the divine Principle of the universe grew clearer and fostered a commitment to regular prayer and Christian practice after the manner of Christ Jesus. I shall always be grateful for the Sunday School teachers who patiently answered my many questions.

In the spring of 1974 I was looking forward to the closing of the academic semester of college and my wedding ceremony, which would follow the final exams by one week. One of my ears became painfully inflamed, and my hearing was occasionally muffled. I feared the loss of my hearing in that ear and the disruption to my study for the exams and preparation for the wedding. For several weeks I prayed, daily acknowledging I was the image of my Father, God, and could not lose any of the perfect completeness I always reflect from Him. A few days before the exams were to begin, the symptoms of inflammation had not yet yielded, so I called a Christian Science practitioner to gain guidance for my prayers.

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October 30, 1976

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