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How I Found the Urantia Book—JIM LEE (1975) 

I WAS RAISED in a kind and loving home, the youngest of four children. Our religion was a rather strict brand of Lutheran Protestantism, and it was relentlessly followed. It had been handed down to us from my mother’s father who spoke German in his home and was renowned for his complete collection of Luther’s sermons.

I attended a one-room parochial school in northern California. Our daily class routine began with Bible study—the King James Version—and I would often ponder the apparent inconsistencies. For example, to the dying thief on the cross, Jesus said, “Today thou shalt be with me in paradise,” yet according to the Apostles’ Creed “he [Jesus] descended into hell and rose again on the third day.” This quiet inquiry continued into high school, and was often intensified by seeing church leaders say one thing and then do the opposite. This led me to seek truth in many different avenues—Eastern writings, ascetic mysteries, and astrology, to name a few. All seemed to have fragments of truth here and there.

In the late summer of 1975 I began to attend monthly presentations hosted by guest speakers at our local library. At one of these evening studies a Rosicrucian was delving into the mystery of Adam and Eve. He said that the serpent in the tree of life symbolized evil because it rotated in a counterclockwise fashion. Since it made seven complete revolutions around the trunk it meant there were seven planes transcending the earth plane; and on and on. Following the meeting, an old man in the back of the room stood up and mentioned that he had just read in the Urantia Book that Adam and Eve arrived on this planet 37,848 years ago, that they came to biologically uplift the evolutionary races of this world, and that our world is one of trillions of other inhabited worlds in this vast, grand universe. Wow! Where did this come from? I could hardly wait to hear more!

The old man, Walter Seavey, and I became good friends. Through him I had my first study group experience and met many wonderful people associated with this epochal revelation. I often wonder if it was a chance occurrence or the intervention of our unseen friends that coordinated events in such a way that I was led into the fruitful and life-enriching joy which only the Urantia Book can provide.

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