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The Turning Point

From the June 2009 issue of The Christian Science Journal

LAST YEAR the Christian Science Board of Directors came to Uruguay and met with a group of about 20 young people in Montevideo, the capital. I was there. What the five Board members said about the spiritual concept of Church and the role of young people in the church—how we can work for it and improve it—was so moving, so inspiring to me. Their comments were deep, but easy to understand. That was the first time I'd met a member of the Board. They brought Mother Church membership applications with them, and after their chat with us, I didn't hesitate to fill one out.

I haven't always been involved in Christian Science, although my dad is a Christian Scientist. I felt pretty separated from it in my teen years because of typical teen stuff that got me sidetracked. But when I was eighteen I had a turning point.

One morning when I woke up I couldn't breathe well. As I tried to take deep breaths, it felt as though my lungs weren't filling with air. For some reason, I didn't tell my parents. Instead, I took my copy of Science and Health, which I'd never opened before (I had read the Bible Lessons people had translated into Spanish in a fulltext format, but never actually opened Science and Health), and I started reading the book from the beginning. When I got to page 14, I read: "Become conscious for a single moment that Life and intelligence are purely spiritual,—neither in nor of matter,—and the body will then utter no complaints. If suffering from a belief in sickness, you will find yourself suddenly well."

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