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2012 Membership Series

Membership in The Mother Church is an inspired and significant step for any student of Christian Science to take in the ongoing and ever-unfolding study and practice of Christian Science. In this series members from diverse backgrounds and experiences share what special meaning membership in The Mother Church has for them. — The Editors

A graceful transition

From the August 2012 issue of The Christian Science Journal

I joined The Mother Church a little over a year after I began studying Christian Science. The Church is the one institution on this earth that makes available a means for the healing of any disease, if one follows and practices its teachings. Why is this important to me? Let me explain.

When I was five years old, I asked my mom what I should do when I grew up. I knew I was starting kindergarten that fall, and this seemed to be a burning question for me at the time. My mom gave the usual answers one gives a five-year-old: Be a fireman, be a policeman, and so on. I wasn’t satisfied with those answers and kept questioning her for several days. 

At some point she recognized my earnestness, and she finally said to me, “Find a cure for cancer.” I did not know what that meant, but it was an answer from her heart. Her mother had died from cancer before my three brothers and I were born. That stopped my questioning, and her words became important to me as a college student.