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Finally a good friend called my attention to Christian Science, but my distance from Truth was so great at the time that I was neither able to receive nor properly to comprehend its message. I, however, read Science and Health somewhat, and although I knew it not, the seed had been sown. After that, I occasionally received literature which also added to my slight understanding, but for the time being without apparent result. Then, in a city fifteen hundred miles from my home, where my work had called me, a great aggravation of symptoms, which was to me most alarming, took place. This condition literally forced me to the acceptance and understanding of that which was needed, simply another case of that extremity which is God's opportunity. After much hesitation, I went to a practitioner, and although most kindly received, I was in much doubt as to my restoration, as my troubles had seemingly been with me so long.
I felt no decided betterment until the second treatment. After receiving this, I went to my room, opened my traveling-bag, took out my copy of Science and Health, and also a box of cigars. With a cigar in one hand and the book in the other, I went to work, but to my great astonishment I found that the cigar had lost its power to please the appetite, and I threw it out of the window. I have never smoked since, neither have I felt any desire for tobacco; it had simply lost its assumed power. This was a most encouraging sign to me, and further treatment for a short time by the same practitioner, persistence in the study of Science, and an honest effort to put in practice all of good that I knew, have worked a transformation in me, both mentally and physically. I now enjoy health and strength such as I never knew before. The Bible, which for years I neglected and sought to deride, has become for me a new book, and read with the understanding which Science gives, I find it helpful in every situation which confronts me. For this understanding, which has been made possible through the loving labor of our Leader, I am indeed most grateful.
Christian Science Sentinel, May 3, 1913
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