MY mother and I became interested in Christian Science over fourteen years ago. She had been physically weak since the time of my birth and suddenly became paralyzed from her hips down. Due to financial reverses we had moved from Montana to Nevada and had just moved to a newly rented ranch. In the house we found some Christian Science literature and books pertaining to this Science, so we read them as a pastime. We really believed that all things are possible to God, but we thought, as well, that He sent sickness. One day. upon my return from work, I found my mother helpless. I asked her if I should call a Christian Science practitioner when I went to work the next morning. This I did, and upon my arrival home the next evening I found my mother up and about. We then purchased a copy of Science and Health by Mary Baker Eddy, and read it some, also occasionally attended services at a Christian Science Society in the town. We were interested, but it was so entirely different from the religion to which we were accustomed that we just drifted along for a number of years.
Upon returning to Montana, I applied for and obtained a position in one of the larger cities. Living in this city made it possible for me to attend services in a branch church regularly. I purchased most of Mrs. Eddy's writings and learned about reading daily the Lesson-Sermon in the Christian Science Quarterly.
All my life, until the time we first became interested in Christian Science, I had been under the care of doctors, as I was supposed to be sickly due to scarlet fever, anemia, and an appendix broken when I was very small. I do not remember having had treatment for any of the above-mentioned ailments, but in addition to a bad case of adhesions they have all been overcome through my own reading or work done by practitioners for other ailments.