I had been brought up always to say prayers before going to...

I had been brought up always to say prayers before going to sleep. After marrying a Christian Scientist, I continued my custom of quietly reciting prayers which, after the birth of our second child, included a request that God would reveal to us to which denomination we should all belong in order that we might be united in worship. I did not then know this: "Desire is prayer; and no loss can occur from trusting God with our desires, that they may be moulded and exalted before they take form in words and in deeds" (Science and Health, p. 1). After we moved to another district, my wife began taking our children to a Christian Science Sunday School.

One Sunday morning some time later, I had the desire to go to church with my wife and the children. I listened carefully to the Lesson-Sermon, and at the end of the service was very impressed by the obvious logic of "the scientific statement of being." Soon I knew that God had answered my prayer, and from that time adopted Christian Science as my religion. I was later to read, "And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart" (Jer. 29:13). Eventually I began to study the Lesson daily.

June 19, 1995

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