Rash and food poisoning healed

When I was a college sophomore, I was asked to model in a fashion show for a senior who was majoring in fashion merchandising. I was to pose as a mannequin, holding a cigarette in a long holder. This was that person's idea of real elegance. However, promoting cigarette smoking in this way went against everything I believed in and had learned in Christian Science. As a Sunday School pupil, I had read Mary Baker Eddy's statement in Science and Health pointing out "that the use of tobacco or intoxicating drinks is not in harmony with Christian Science" (p. 454).

I had never done any modeling before, and I very much wanted to be in this fashion show. But I did not want to encourage a harmful product. I was a bit afraid that if I refused to follow those instructions, I might be denied the opportunity.

There was another problem that also bothered me. I had been plagued for some time with an unsightly rash on my back. It had not occurred to me before to pray about it, but I was loath to have anyone see this condition while I was modeling a backless formal gown. The fashion show was to begin within forty-eight hours. I decided to make a visit to a Christian Science practitioner to help me solve both difficulties.

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June 14, 1999

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