IN MISCELLANEOUS WRITINGS, Mary Baker Eddy answered the question "Do you believe in change of heart?" The reply was that she did "believe, and understand—which is more—that there must be a change from human affections, desires, and aims, to the divine standard, 'Be ye therefore perfect;' The human affections need to be changed from self to benevolence and love for God and man; changed to having but one God and loving Him supremely, and helping our brother man" (p. 50).

I experienced something of this "change of heart" when I discovered Christian Science. As a teenager, I was curious about all religions and went to different churches with my friends to see what they were all about, but none seemed to have answers to my questions. I've always loved to read, and one day I finished reading The Big Fisherman by Lloyd C. Douglas, a book about the Apostle Peter. It was as if a bright light were turned on and I saw what the Christ was for the first time. Jesus was not God, as I had been taught in the Baptist Sunday School, but exemplified the Christ as the Son of God.

A few months later, after my first semester of college, where I had been studying to be a lab pathologist, I returned home to help support my mother and stepfather. There, one of my fellow employees introduced me to her brother, who was a Christian Scientist. I told my mother about him, and she told me she had been studying Christian Science for some time as well. The door had been opened. I began attending church with this young man, and within about six months we were married. When I attended my first Christian Science lecture, I saw my piano teacher of ten years and discovered she was a Christian Scientist as well.

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Testimony of Healing
August 16, 2010

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