[Original in Portuguese]

I'm twelve years old and was born into a family of Christian Scientists

I'm twelve years old and was born into a family of Christian Scientists. I've been attending Christian Science Sunday School since I was three, and there I've always learned the truth of man, the child of God.

When I was eight years old, I had frequent headaches, nausea, and pain. My mother and I studied what Mrs. Eddy tells us about the perfect man, knowing that a child of divine Love doesn't pass through material conditions. We thought about "the scientific statement of being," beginning with these words (Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy, p. 468): "There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter."

But the error persisted, until one day when I had the same symptoms again. After comforting me with the truths of man as the true expression of God, my mother had to go out. After she left, I got worse. My aunt, who was not a Christian Scientist, was frightened and telephoned the hospital where another aunt of mine worked. After I had been speedily taken to the hospital and examined, it was decided that I should be operated on for appendicitis. I didn't want to be, as I knew that being a beloved child of God I don't need material treatment.

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Before attending the Christian Science Sunday School, when I...
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