[Letter contributed by a reader]
November 7, 1969
Dear Sister _________,
What a delight to get a letter that is lucid, literate, a joy to the eye and balm to the spirit! In one thing we can take comfort: all that is happening today, within the church and without, comes exactly as prophesied. And part of the story is that the work goes on, in spite of all that the folly of man can do to undermine it – the Lord can do his own work; he always has and always will, and it is for us to go along, bungling and forgiving every foot of the way. Your quotations from the “Urantia Papers” read as if they have been taken right out of the sermons of Brigham Young. I would like very much to go through those writings, adding pertinent bits from them to what I call my “stamp collection.” I call it that because it is so colorful: all Jewish sources, for example, are written in red ball-pen, all early Christian in blue, Syriac and Mandean–Manichaean in green, Egyptian in Orange, Coptic in ordinary pencil, et cetera. Subjects are topically arranged under 40-odd headings. That way, in short order I can run down what the Greeks or Persians or Early Fathers had to say on any one of those subjects. The surprising thing is how beautifully they all fit together. That is why I don’t think the Urantia Papers would be very upsetting, but be right at home among the rest. What color should they come under? New World customs and traditions (I have specialized in the Hopi) get a gold ball-pen; that might be the right one. At any rate, I feel that my “stamp collection” can hardly be complete without them, from what you have said. I shall start making inquiries about them. Meanwhile, thanks for the tip, and that beautiful letter!
Yours with a will,