1957 my husband Loren and I
were given a pamphlet by a naturopathic
doctor who was treating our little boy
who had contracted polio in 1949. The
pamphlet advertised a UFO meeting near
Mountain View, Missouri. UFOs were
something we didn’t know much about so
we decided to attend the three-day
meeting scheduled for that June.
The next year
we went again. At that meeting we
listened to a talk given by a man from
Minnesota who mentioned the Urantia
Book, which he’d brought along. As we
were loading up the car to start home, I
said to Loren, “Wait for me. I just want
to look through the books.” I went back
and on a shelf I saw this big blue
book—the Urantia Book.
I opened it to
Paper 18, “The Universe of Universes.”
How great it was reading about all the
universes and the inhabited planets! I
ran back to the car and told Loren that
there was a book in there I wanted.
“How much is
it?” he asked.
dollars,” I told him.
“I don’t have
that much money with me now,” he
“Let me see if
I can find the man who brought it,” I
insisted, “because I have to have that
book!” I went back and found him, and
the man said he’d mail me the book when
he again heard from me. It took me
another month to persuade Loren that I
really had to have that book!
day the book came in the mail. It was
the greatest book I had ever possessed
and the truths contained in it thrilled
me. From the moment I first opened the
Urantia Book at that meeting I knew it
was true and I have never doubted it.
Both of us have been so thankful ever
since for that UFO meeting where I found
the book. I believe we were meant to be
[Ila and Loren
Hall were the backbone of early Urantia
organizational activities in the greater
Kansas City area, where they opened
their home to regional gatherings and
sponsored the first Kansas City study
group, the Pathfinders.]