A first date that changed my life

Originally appeared online in the teen column: Why I'm a Christian Scientist - March 23, 2017

I didn’t expect that getting a boyfriend would also mean becoming a Christian Scientist. But that’s exactly what happened. On our first date, my boyfriend took me to church—the local branch Church of Christ, Scientist. And if you asked me why I’m a Christian Scientist today, I’d think back to myself as an 18-year-old, first-time Christian Science Sunday School student, and I’d give you one word: Truth.

I had been raised in another Christian denomination and was baptized into the church at the age of 12. But even though I attended services regularly, somehow the whole idea of religious teachings being applicable to my life didn’t really register for me. Though I have fond memories of my church, my experience was more cultural than one of deep belief. Church was something that was part of my life on Sundays, but not so much during the rest of the week.

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