My most important learning experience

When I was in high school, my parents gave me a gift subscription to the Christian Science Sentinel. I always loved reading it and never missed an issue. Each time I read an article that particularly spoke to me, I saved it in a folder I had put aside for that purpose. Over time I accumulated quite a few articles but never had an opportunity to go back over them.

After college graduation, marriage, and a move into an apartment, I came across the folder and started going through all the articles I had saved. I noticed that many of them were by the same writer. I began to wonder if he was a teacher of Christian Science, because I found the ideas he expressed to be so clear and inspiring. I had heard about Christian Science Primary class instruction and liked the idea of having this instruction early in my experience so I could be well prepared to use what I learned in my life going forward.

After checking around, I discovered that the writer was indeed a Christian Science teacher and that he lived in New York. I wrote to him about my interest in having class instruction with him, and he sent me an application to fill out. One of the questions on the application was, “If my class is full for this coming year, would you be willing to wait?” I answered the question by writing “no” because I felt very ready to take this step. Even though this teacher’s articles had inspired my first thoughts about class instruction, I was not feeling attached to him in particular if God had another plan for me.

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