It was my blessing to have a mother who desired a practical...

It was my blessing to have a mother who desired a practical and demonstrable religion, who visited services of churches of various denominations and diligently searched, until she found Christian Science. From the age of five I was enrolled in the Christian Science Sunday School.

While in high school my grades were average. After I decided to read a section of the Lesson-Sermon in the Christian Science Quarterly each morning, my grades in school improved. I was encouraged to read the entire Lesson-Sermon every day. This resulted in the opportunity for me to continue on to college with a solid understanding of God as Mind and of man as reflecting divine intelligence.

Later I had a healing when a sewing needle deeply pierced my finger. At first, instead of rejecting the thought of infection as I should have, I ignored the need. When the finger became uncomfortable and abnormal in size, I turned to God in prayer. My dad saw the hand and expressed concern and suggested medical help. This is when I took a definite stand and told him I was relying on Christian Science. The purity of God's spiritual idea, man, was affirmed, and all the symptoms of infection and swelling disappeared within hours. This was my first healing of a bodily ailment through prayer, and it has inspired me through the years, enabling me to meet other situations with confidence.

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May 21, 1977

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