During the Nigerian civil war, I was not satisfied with the way...

During the Nigerian civil war, I was not satisfied with the way of life of most popular Christians. I decided to look for a more practical way of life, if possible to have an abiding sense of God, to be within closed doors—an inner sanctuary to serve my God. Early in 1971 a friend introduced me to Christian Science. When I began studying Science, I was unable to understand what it was all about. As I continued my search, I came across what Mrs. Eddy writes in Science and Health (p vii): "A book introduces new thoughts, but it cannot make them speedily understood. It is the task of the sturdy pioneer to hew the tall oak and to cut the rough granite. Future ages must declare what the pioneer has accomplished."

As time went on, I began to develop more interest, and ideas began unfolding to me. There were periods of listening as ideas came, and I at last understood the true action of listening to be entertaining of angels. I found this definition in the Glossary of Science and Health (p. 581): "Angels. God's thoughts passing to man; spiritual intuitions, pure and perfect; the inspiration of goodness, purity, and immortality, counteracting all evil, sensuality, and mortality."

Within this period, I had healings with the help of the prayer of a friend who is a Christian Scientist, and through the understanding I gained from my study. There were in fact lots of proofs of divine Love's presence. One healing I had occurred during a Christian Science church service one Sunday. I could not open my mouth well, due to pains in my molars. As we were singing Hymn No. 20 in the Christian Science Hymnal I became so absorbed with these words that I claimed my right to freedom from pain immediately:

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Letters to the Press
July 4, 1977

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