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Brenda I. McKinstry, CSB

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Brenda I. McKinstry, CSB

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  • Where: Calgary, Alberta

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  • Where: Calgary, Alberta

I grew up in a very loving home, with three brothers and two sisters. My mom lived Christian Science! She was widowed when all six of us were very young, and never worked outside the home. But we never went without. All our needs were met beautifully. Because of her example I grew up loving Christian Science. As a teenager I would spend rainy days at the cottage reading old Sentinels and Journals. I would come down stairs and tell my mom that I knew everything I read was true and I wanted to know more. I never stopped attending Sunday School. And later when I was a young wife and mother, I made going to church and taking the children a priority, with the full support of my husband. I remember one summer when we were camping, reading the Bible Lesson sitting on a rock, while the children played near by, thinking about my older sister, who was Second Reader at our church, and how she turned to God for everything in her life, even when she had to choose a dress to wear while reading. And I promised myself right then that that was what I was going to do. And I have lived that promise to the best of my ability. My first step was to join The Mother Church, and our local branch church. Then it seemed normal and right to take Christian Science class instruction from a wonderful teacher. After this I became even more active in my branch church, accepting every position that I was asked to fill -- clerk/treasurer, Reading Room librarian, Sunday School teacher for many years, First Reader for two terms, Board member and chairman of the Board, and of course all the committees. I just wanted to do whatever God wanted me to do.

I found that in each of these activities, my understanding of God and my relationship to Him -- my understanding of reality -- grew, and I saw much healing in myself, my family and my church. Soon, others asked me for Christian Science treatment. I knew then that I wanted to devote my full time to healing. I became a Journal-listed Christian Science practitioner in 2001. Then in 2015 I felt led to attend Normal class.

 


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