In this series, individuals share how taking Christian Science Primary class instruction has strengthened their spiritual understanding, and brought increasing inspiration and healing to their lives.

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Many years ago when I began studying Christian Science, I found my life changing quickly. Suddenly, my day to day life involved an overall sense of harmony, very different from what had been a tumultuous and unpredictable array of experiences before. I spent every spare moment learning everything I could about Christian Science. When I learned about Christian Science Primary class instruction, a 12-day intensive course about spiritual healing, I was intrigued. I often asked experienced Christian Scientists questions about it. In no time, I developed a desire to be class taught that seemed to exceed any other desire I had. I simply wanted to learn how to heal.

But I was held back because of an addiction to tobacco. At that time, I’d heard that many teachers wanted their students to be members of a branch church and/or The Mother Church before applying for class. (Editor’s note: For many teachers today, as in Mary Baker Eddy’s time, church membership is not a prerequisite for taking class.) Also, at that time, to become a member at my local branch church, one had to be free from using tobacco. Through all my praying, I didn’t seem to be making much progress in quitting smoking, but my desire for class remained strong.

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