Learning the truths of Christian Science since childhood nurtured...

Learning the truths of Christian Science since childhood nurtured in me an understanding of my relationship to God that would prove to be a saving grace in times of great need. I was guided by loving parents and dedicated Sunday School teachers, and I experienced and witnessed many physical healings brought about by prayer alone.

During my high-school years, however, I was so taken with the drums that a musical career became my overriding purpose in life. Less and less thought was given to developing my understanding of man's spiritual nature and purpose. Soon I was in demand for professional jobs that lent status among my peers. I felt I no longer needed Sunday School.

At the same time I was very impressionable and did not resist the temptation and availability of drugs. This was in the mid-fifties when drugs were not yet commonplace in high schools, but in my circle they were the norm. Fellow musicians believed that drugs enhanced creative ability. I became a slave to many evils: immoral relationships and unlawful activities.

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March 28, 1988

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