Early 1966, Roy Weldon and six others held a meeting in the Stone Church on Lexington Avenue in Independence, Missouri to discuss the overwhelming response to a plea for researchers in the February 1, 1966 edition of The Herald, the bi-monthly magazine published by the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The research was to pursue supporting data on claims made in the Book of Mormon. Ideas were shared concerning what eventually became the Foundation for Research on Ancient America.In 1968, FRAA was officially organized into a not for profit organization and published a quarterly newspaper under the chairmanship of Thelona Stevens. FRAA began to hold lecture meetings during the week of the RLDS World Conferences and congregational Book of Mormon Days. Thelona remained chairwoman of the foundation for 20 years. Roy, Thelona and many others laid a rich groundwork which has evolved into the present day Book of Mormon Foundation.
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