It is with heartfelt joy and gratitude that I submit this long-overdue...

It is with heartfelt joy and gratitude that I submit this long-overdue testimony.

When I was a small child my mother suffered from asthma and hay fever. A neighbor, aware of my mother's plight, offered her some Christian Science literature, which she read. Afterward Mother disposed of her medicines and visited a Christian Science practitioner, who agreed to pray for her. She also began to study the weekly Bible Lessons in the Christian Science Quarterly. Mother told me in later years that during this period of healing she worked especially with the words of Hymn No. 218 in the Christian Science Hymnal. The last stanza of this loved hymn begins: "The freer step, the fuller breath." Eventually Mother was completely healed. I attended a Christian Science Sunday School after that. Though I went only occasionally, I felt that Christian Science was the truth. Through the years, whenever I found myself in need, I would attend services at a branch Church of Christ, Scientist, on Sunday, and sometimes on Wednesday I would go to the weekly testimony meeting. I was always benefited.

February 9, 1987

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