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As a young person, before I became a member of the Christian Science Church,...
As a young person, before I became a member of the Christian Science Church, I took to smoking a pipe. Then I acquired a beautiful, hand-painted crock in which to put my tobacco supply. Later I quit using a pipe and began buying cigarettes, smoking a pack a day.
My mother was a Christian Scientist. In my later youth I wanted to join the Church, and I knew I would have to give up smoking before I would be accepted for membership. I tried to quit smoking several times, but each time would go back to it. So I called a Christian Science practitioner, my mother's friend, and she agreed to pray for me.
The habit left me; I didn't leave it. I just no longer had any desire to smoke. Now, half a century later, I still don't smoke, nor have I had the desire to do so. Now when I have some coins in my pocket, I deposit them in the old tobacco crock. When it is full of coins, I take the money to the bank, deposit it in my account, and send a check to an educational institution that serves Christian Scientists. This is my way of showing gratitude for this wonderful healing.
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