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I became acquainted with Christian Science in my childhood...

I became acquainted with Christian Science in my childhood through my paternal grandmother, who was an adherent of Christian Science. My life was happy and peaceful. I didn't worry, as all our problems were solved by my parents. When I grew up, my greatest dream was to enter a university and become an architect. I studied a great deal, and Mother prayed to help me succeed. I passed the entrance examination and was radiant with happiness. Mother explained to me that the credit was not mine alone. God had helped me and I must thank Him. She recommended that I read Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy. I read it and was thrilled with it, and since then I have had a growing interest in Christian Science. The teachings of this Science help me every day in the smallest things, but two occurrences are worthy of note.

Before I was a serious student, I became ill with intestinal trouble. A doctor was called, who prescribed a series of remedies. I took them and was apparently cured. Six months later I was attacked by the same trouble. I then remembered Christian Science and its marvelous healings. I asked help of a practitioner, who reinforced what I already knew: God, Love, is perfect, and we, made in His likeness, are also perfect. Sickness is unreal; it is an illusion of mortal mind; it does not exist. I held fast to this truth and was healed. I was never again attacked by this trouble. I am immensely grateful to Christian Science for this proof of God's healing power.

The second occurrence was when I was expecting my first daughter. The obstetrician determined the day most likely for the birth. That day came and went. Another two weeks went by, and the baby was not born. I had asked a Christian Science practitioner to help me through prayer so that everything would be all right during the birth. She said the baby's true identity was that of a child of God, good, and I must await the baby with patience and love; true being is perfect, and I must not be afraid of anything. Because of the apparent delay in the birth, the members of my family were concerned. They called the doctor, and he ordered me to be taken to the maternity hospital the following day, in order to force the child's birth. With sincere gratitude and in the expectation that God, good, governs events, I remained very calm, and at daybreak of that day the child was born normally, without surgery. Who, besides God, could be so efficient and perfect in His works? For this proof of His care I am very grateful.

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October 23, 1978

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