CHURCH LIVES

A childhood dream—fulfilled

AS A CHILD, sitting in the fourth-grade classroom of a Catholic school in Japan, I dreamed of being a nun and helping children in Africa. Later I dreamed that I would study English in America. Eventually I did move to the United States, married, and had two children. However, the rest of my dreams seemed impossible. I found myself unhappy with my work and family situation. I was diagnosed with a stress disorder, and I had to wear a mouthpiece at night to help me stop grinding my teeth. And I was told to seek psychological counseling.

I felt so inferior chewing on a piece of rubber and solving my problems by disclosing my privacy to a stranger. During this time, my six-year-old daughter incessantly asked me to take her to a Sunday School. I think she knew that I needed some support. I wasn't looking for a religion, but one Sunday I attended a Church of Christ, Scientist, to hear a friend sing at the service. This was where I first learned about Christian Science.

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