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No looking back

When I was growing up, my family occasionally attended nondenominational church services, but I don’t think I ever opened a Bible. I recall asking my dad when I was about eight, “What is God?” He responded by showing me a plant and saying, “Man can’t make this leaf; only God can.” That was a good start. I asked the same question in the Sunday Schools I visited, but received vague answers.

Then, when I was 14, a relative introduced our family to Christian Science. In Sunday School, the teacher showed me the definition of God from the Glossary of Science and Health (see p. 587). We discussed its meaning, and the teacher offered examples to help make God real to me. From that day on, I knew I had found God and that I was a Christian Scientist.

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