[Original in Portuguese]

For me, becoming acquainted with Christian Science was like...

For me, becoming acquainted with Christian Science was like being born again. I was suffering from spinal trouble, took cold frequently, and had asthmatic bronchitis and continual headaches. I was in despair, because I had undergone many treatments without result and at one time had even turned to one of the magic cults. I was scarcely able to work at my profession of hairdressing.

One day, among those who called was a Christian Science practitioner. She spoke to me for the first time about this Science. This awakened in me a great desire to know the truth. I bought the textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, and "ate it up," as it says in Revelation (10:10).

Having improved considerably, on Thanksgiving Day of 1973 I started attending the local branch church and then began studying the Lesson-Sermons in the Christian Science Quarterly. I was completely healed of all of the physical troubles mentioned, and I enrolled my son in the Sunday School. He, too, was healed of asthma. An abscess in my son's ear opened during the night, after I prayed and read passages from the Bible aloud to him, telling him to listen to the Word of God.

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April 2, 1977

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