Following the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, I enlisted...

Following the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, I enlisted in the United States Navy. As there was an immediate need for men with clerical skills, I was sent directly to Washington, D.C. Toward the end of the war, when an invasion of Japan was planned, I received orders to go to Attu, an island off the coast of Alaska which had been seized by the United States Marines; but, with the end of the war in Europe, my orders were canceled and I spent the final days of my service in Cleveland, Ohio, instructing civilian employees in Navy pay computation. I regard my wartime experience as a demonstration of the practicality of the teachings of Christian Science; I was ordered to be of service in ways that were noncombatant and still supportive of victory. Then, as now, The Christian Science Monitor was my main source of information as I prayed for the peaceful solution of the world's problems.

A healing of rheumatism in 1991 came only after a severe trial. At times I was unable to walk and had to push myself around the house in a typist's chair. For about two months I experienced pain both day and night and had little sleep despite my earnest prayer for healing.

At length I called for help from a fellow church member who prayed with me, kept in touch by phone, and suggested things for me to read from the Christian Science magazines, including one article that was especially helpful. After six weeks I felt sufficiently recovered to continue this prayerful work on my own until the healing was complete. My fear lessened, and the pain gradually faded away. After I could stand and walk as freely as before the experience, I testified to this healing at church.

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June 28, 1993

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