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One of a series of articles by young people who have in recent years become Christian Scientists. They explain how they became interested in Christian Science, what convinced them of its utility and truth, and how its teachings have changed their lives.
The adventure of trusting God
Although my grandmother was a Christian Scientist, I didn't really have any formal understanding of Science. When I was a little girl, I had to go to church with her once every two months. I chose to go on Wednesday nights, because people stood up and told interesting stories. I always felt that if something really serious happened to me, I would turn to Christian Science. But I decided I wouldn't when I was young, because I was sure I would have to stop having fun to be a Christian Scientist. How far off that assumption was!
It wasn't a dire physical condition, however, that turned me to Science. What did bring this about was a slow eroding of my personal life. I had watched my parents go through a divorce—a long-drawn-out thing. My growing up was very torn apart because of this. As I left home, I found that a close personal relationship of my own was beginning to show symptoms of my parents' difficulties. I felt I was standing on the beach and the sand was going out beneath me. The situation got worse and worse. Finally I started sneaking into my mother's room and reading her Sentinels—she had recently become interested in Science herself. Then I started going back to Wednesday testimony meetings. I just went and listened, unbeknownst to my mother. It was done entirely on my own. I didn't want anyone to push. I wanted it to be my own decision. And I didn't even see it as a decision at the time. I simply felt that reading the articles and hearing the testimonies gave me hope. I was also impressed by a change in my mother's attitude—her growing self-assurance—since coming back into Science.
How much are you worth?
CHARLES HOLLIS GREEN
Compassion to heal
BARBARA B. HOLLIDAY
The adventure of trusting God
CAM L. WHITMAN
FThe football game I didn't hear—and the truth I did hear
VICTORIA K. DELL
Truth must change us
STEVEN LEE FAIR
Reversing the statements of error
LILA LOUISE FREEMANTLE
Spiritual rhythm in human affairs
BARBARA M. VINING
Spiritually quickening our sense of environment
GEOFFREY J. BARRATT
Three R's and learning truths that heal
BEULAH M. ROEGGE
NATHAN A. TALBOT
Take God's thought
Carrie Christina Aardal
I am grateful for the variety of needs that Christian Science...
ELIZABETH CAREY with contributions from ARCHIBALD CAREY
One Friday morning I could not get out of bed
DOUGLAS ALLEN POWELL with contributions from GAIL LEE POWELL
I have found that a recognition of God's presence can always...
ENID NARVER with contributions from HORACE H. NARVER
Some years ago I was making a breakwater on the western shore...
MURRAY LAWRENCE JAYNE