I was eight years old when Christian Science was introduced...

I was eight years old when Christian Science was introduced to my mother. I did not understand much of what I read in the textbook, Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy. But when we began attending the services of a small local group of Christian Scientists, I felt the spiritual love they expressed. My parents took only a passing interest in this Science, but they were content for me to attend a Christian Science Sunday School. Still, when physical problems arose I had to submit to medical treatment.

When I was in my early teens the school doctor informed my mother that I was suffering from anemia. I was put on a very unpalatable diet and given medication, but my health did not improve. After several months I implored my parents to let me discontinue the medical treatment and ask my Sunday School teacher to pray for me. They agreed with some reluctance. I ran smiling to my teacher's home. Together we read passages from the Bible and the Christian Science textbook, and I was asked to memorize these passages and use them in my prayers.

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March 4, 1985

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