(Minghui.org) The following article was written by a Falun Dafa practitioner's daughter in 2004. She distributed the article to many people. Her mother, a Falun Dafa practitioner, accidentally found it many years later, when she was cleaning the room.

Life Before Dafa Practice

I'm an ordinary Chinese citizen with a good conscience. I pledge my honor, my happiness and my life on the truthfulness of my words. I would like to share the following with my friends who have been covered by the fog of deception. My only wish is to help them escape it.

My father is a highly respected and honest senior member of the Communist Party. His great health during his youth had deteriorated after years of hard work. He was in pain from a serious stomach disease. Dozens of years of smoking badly damaged his lungs and trachea, and he was emaciated. For a long period of time, he took more medicine than what he ate for meals. However, his diseases couldn't be cured. He believed in the science of medicine, and tried popular health-improving exercises, with very little effect.

My mother was also of poor health. Our old happy time was shattered by their poor health. My kind mother put her hope in Buddhism. She became a lay Buddhist at a famous temple. However, both my parents remained in poor health.

Power of Dafa: Health Benefits and Life Harmonized

One of my mother's friends used to be terminally ill. She had taken all kinds of medicine, gone through therapies, and finally lost hope.

She was introduced to Falun Dafa in 1996 and found its health benefits effective. She introduced Dafa to my mother. Our lives have turned a hundred degrees since then.

The book Zhuan Falun became mother's must-read every day. Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance became her life's principles. She spent hours doing the Dafa exercises and meditation every day but still kept up with all the housework. Following these principles turned my stubborn mother into a gentle, rational, and compassionate woman.

Mother shared her personal experience of cultivation with us. Even though Father was doubtful and upheld materialism, he eventually joined her in doing the exercises and was fascinated by the power of Falun Dafa. We were happily surprised to find father's addiction to smoking was gone. His face gradually turned rosy. My parents often exchanged their understandings of Dafa with each other and repeatedly told us how great Falun Dafa was. They became more and more diligent in their cultivation.

We were thrilled to see the improvement in their health, and surprised by the power of Dafa. I read Zhuan Falun, but having grown up in believing in materialism, I had a hard time accepting the existence of Gods and Buddhas. My busy job was another reason for my not becoming a practitioner. However, the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance left a deep impression in my mind.

It has been eight years since 1996 when my parents started their cultivation of Falun Dafa. It's incredible that they haven't been to a hospital or taken any medicine for all these years. Even though they suffered when they were "eliminating karma,” they overcame all tribulations without missing work or householf chores.

Recognizing the Value of Falun Dafa

More and more people learned about this marvelous cultivation practice as my parents and their fellow practitioners spread the word. More and more people started cultivating. I heard that the number of Falun Dafa practitioners is greater than the number of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) members.

This became the Chinese rulers' anxiety and is the reason why the Chinese rulers smeared Falun Dafa with dirty lies, suppressed it, and deceived the people. The overwhelming untrue propaganda has confused so many people. Why are the Falun Dafa practitioners we know different from what the media reports published? What is the CCP's media up to?

My parents and their fellow practitioners have been walking a difficult journey of truth clarification since 1999. I'm sad every time I see truth-clarification brochures trashed by deceived people. All these materials have been produced with practitioners' own money, which they have saved by living frugally.

I used to think pessimistically that my siblings and I would have to take care of our sickly parents as they got older. However, they unexpectedly became healthier and more energetic! Instead of depending on our care they shouldered more responsibility and helped us with our children. They alleviated our worries and allowed us to be more successful in our careers.

It is Falun Dafa that has given me healthy parents and a happy family life! I would like to tell every one of my personal experience that Falun Dafa is great! The genuine Falun Dafa practitioners are nice people with kind hearts.

Don't be fooled by the false information fabricated by the rulers with their ulterior motive! Be nice to Dafa and Dafa practitioners! Falun Dafa will bring benefits to you and your family. I will always do my best to help my parents spread the facts of Falun Dafa!

It was midnight when I finished writing this article. Loud thunder and bright flashes make it hard for me to sleep. My son's young voice often echoes in my mind, “Mommy, remember Falun Dafa is good and Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good!” Gazing at his face while he is sound asleep, I realize Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance has been deeply rooted in his heart.

Tomorrow morning, I will be able to tell him while pointing at the sun, “The sky is more clear after a thunderstorm!”