Early History of Divine Science - p.9
As told by Nona Lovell Brooks, cofounder of the Divine Science Movement in Denver, Colorado.
In the spring of 1887 three sisters began their study of metaphysics. Their names in order of age were Alethea Brooks Small, Fannie Brooks James, and Nona Lovell Brooks.
Come back with me to 1886. I was living at that time in Pueblo, Colorado, with my sister, Mrs. Small. A close friend had been ill for some months. The physicians were not able to do anything for her and in the spring of that year sent her to Chicago to consult specialists. After a thorough examination they told our friend that she was in a most critical condition; that they could not promise a healing but her one chance was to stay in Chicago for a year and take a certain treatment.
"But I can't do that," she replied. "I have a husband and four little children that I cannot leave for a year."
"If I were you," suggested a friend, "before I made any decision I would consult a lady here in Chicago who is doing some wonderful healing. I do not know her, I do not know her teaching, but I know several who have been healed by her and they were very ill, too."
Immediate connection was made with Emma