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Mormon bookstore largest in valley
Modesto CA Bee 29Jan00 B4
By Lisa Millegan: Bee Staff Writer

An LDS woman in Modesto, California, is finding success with a growing business based on LDS products. Cumorah Books, a 3,600 square foot shop featuring books, music, and other items, is a far cry from the former state of things for saints in the area.

In the sixties, Latter-day Saints in the Northern San Joaquin County would head to a paint store to do their shopping for Church books. Latter-day Saints Les and Eva Andrew kept a shelf of LDS books in the back of their Pabco Paint store.

In 1979, the Andrews sold the LDS side of the business to Nikki Larsen and her husband Brent Fraze. Brother Fraze passed away in 1990. Sister Larsen moved the store, expanded, and changed the name to Cumorah Books. She's also carrying a wider variety of goods. Sister Larsen says, "I actually carry many things the larger (church-owned) stores do not carry."


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