Mr. Bates’ reminiscences give a graphic first-hand account of the building of the original Mother Church. He shows the guiding hand of Mrs. Eddy in this historical event, and his own indispensable role in it. When the building of the church came to a standstill in 1894, Mrs. Eddy prayed three months for someone who could complete it before the end of the year. She considered Mr. Bates the answer to this urgent need. Mr. Bates relates step by step the directions that Mrs. Eddy gave for building the church. At times her demands seemed unusual, unreasonable, almost impossible, but he obeyed with absolute trust in her judgment, and the church was finished on time.