demonstrations. — J. S., Rudd, Iowa
For a long time I have felt that I must in some way
express my great debt of gratitude for Christian Science.
I know no better way to do so than to give an account,
through the Journal, of some of the many blessings I
have received as a result of our Leader's untiring toil
and self-sacrificing love for suffering mortals, in giving
to us the wonderful book, "Science and Health with
Key to the Scriptures."
When I first heard of Christian Science, about six
years ago, I was satisfied that it was the religion of Christ
Jesus, because Jesus had so plainly said, "And these
signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall
they cast out devils; . . . they shall lay hands on the
sick, and they shall recover."
I had been a church-member since my girlhood, but
was not satisfied that my belief would take me to
heaven, as I did not have these "signs following" — and
this had always troubled me; so, when I heard that an
old acquaintance living at a distance had not only been
raised from a dying condition to health, but her life had
been changed and purified through Christian Science, I
could hardly wait to know more of this Christlike religion
which was casting out evils and healing the sick. I
searched every bookstore in the city for Science and
Health, at last found a copy, and was delighted to get hold
of it, but little realized what a treasure it was to be to me
and my household.
At first it was like Greek to me, and I could not un-
derstand much of it, but gleaned enough to keep on
reading, and longed for some one to talk to me of it.
After I had been reading it about a year's time, I
suddenly became almost blind. I knew no Scientist to go
to, so went to physicians; they told me that my case was
hopeless, that it was certain my sight never could be
restored, and the probabilities were that I would soon be
I felt sure that Christian Science would help me if I
could only fully understand it; but there was no one
from whom I could ask help, that I knew of. I gave all
the time that I could use my eyes to studying Science
and Health, — which at first was not more than five
minutes two, and sometimes three, times a day; gradu-
ally my sight returned, until it was fully restored.