During this time, Mc Pherson felt as though she denied her "calling" to go preach.
After struggling with emotional distress and obsessive–compulsive disorder, she would fall to weep and pray.
Mc Pherson accepted the voice's challenge, and she suddenly opened her eyes and was able to turn over in bed without pain.
One spring morning in 1915, her husband returned home from the night shift to discover Mc Pherson had left him and taken the children.
After a few months they moved to Chicago and became part of William Durham's Full Gospel Assembly.
Together, they studied the Bible, Aimee claiming Robert taught her all she knew; though other observers state she was far more knowledgeable than she let on.Under Durham's tutelage, Aimee was discovered to have a unique ability in the interpretation of speaking in tongues, translating with stylistic eloquence.Aimee Semple and her second husband Harold Mc Pherson.While in New York City, she met Harold Stewart Mc Pherson, an accountant.They were married on May 5, 1912, moved to Providence, Rhode Island and had a son, Rolf Potter Kennedy Mc Pherson, in March 1913.She had early exposure to religion through her mother, Mildred (known as "Minnie") who worked with the poor in Salvation Army soup kitchens.