Christian Science Testimony

         On the evening of February 26, 1919, while I was standing near a gas heater, my dress, which had recently come from the cleaner's, caught fire at the bottom, and in a few seconds I was enveloped in flames. I declared "the scientific statement of being," as given on page 468 of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." Three other [Christian] Scientists, one of them a practitioner, were with me and joined me in declaring the truth. Although inhaling the flames, I did not lose consciousness for a moment, neither did I experience a moment's pain, then nor afterward, from the burns. I knew my clothes were burned off, but I did not know the flesh was burned. However, it was so severely burned that arms and hands were rendered helpless and I was confined to bed for months. Gangrene appeared at one time in the badly burned leg, but was overcome by Christian Science treatment. Also a discharge from the eyes was overcome and my eyesight is perfect as ever. On the night of the accident the practitioner read to me continually from the Bible, Science and Health, Mrs. Eddy's other writings, and the Christian Science Hymnal, and talked the truth so positively that shock and fear were overcome before they had a chance to manifest themselves. All through the experience, whatever the condition was, there was no fear. New flesh has grown wherever needed. Mucous membranes and tissues have been renewed. I have complete use of my legs and practically complete use of my arms and hands. I do all of my own housework without inconvenience. There are no scars, and people now say, "It is hard to believe you were ever burned."

Alice Fors Turpan
Paterson, New Jersey


"Testimonies of Healing"
Christian Science Sentinel, February 11, 1922

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