I first heard of Science during my last year in high school

I first heard of Science during my last year in high school. A relative came to stay at our home, bringing his library of books. One day I picked up a book at random and it turned out to be Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy. After reading a few pages, I was eager to read more. Its explanation of God as infinite Spirit seemed more logical than what I had perceived Him to be, namely, a very large person out in space—one likely to deliver punishment. From time to time since early childhood, I had attended various churches and heard heaven and hell referred to as localities somewhere in the atmosphere. These images had left a lingering fear of what might happen to me. However, what Mrs. Eddy says of God and man in Science and Health immediately lifted my thought to the truth of spiritual being, giving me both peace and confidence.

Soon after my first reading of Science and Health I became acquainted with some neighbors who attended a Church of Christ, Scientist, and I began attending with them regularly. This precious teaching gave me strength to face the many challenges often confronting a young person.

While attending college away from home, I worked nights to pay my expenses. At that period, slot machines were prevalent and I became a victim. For a time I was a winner. But later I began losing to the extent that I was falling behind with my financial obligations. Realizing that this habit must be stopped—something I found hard to do alone—I asked for help through prayer from a Christian Science practitioner. After one treatment I never again had a desire to gamble. This was certainly convincing proof to me of the healing efficacy of Christian Science.

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June 15, 1981

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