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Hi I'm Olivia Hurd

I joined the Church in 1978, and have loved being a member.

About Me

I'm a retired teacher who likes to work with printers and copiers. When I retired I got a Ham radio license, technician rating, because of a book I read in the 7th grade. I'd always wanted to do it, but "girls didn't". After retiring I didn't care what girls did or didn't. I also got an associate degree in electronics engineering technician, just for the fun of it. I like learning new things, not really interested in doing anything with it, just to be learning. Having poor and deteriorating eyesight, I'm grateful that the Lord has blessed us with electronic aids to reading so that I can continue that. I live with my sister in Raleigh now, and mostly read, watch science fiction and mystery movies, and print when I get the chance.

Why I am a Mormon

The sister missionaries found in in Greensboro in 1978, and taught me about the Church. When they finally persuaded me to attend Sacrament meeting, I felt I had come home. There's no other way to describe it. Attending other churches had been "lacking in flavor" and had not satisfied. The spirit I felt during my first Sacrament was very powerful. I have been in several different Wards over the years and can testify that that Spirit is the same in every meeting. The things that I have learned, each time, I felt that I already knew to be true -- but had been trying to deny them because other churches had other beliefs on the subject. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the Lord's true Church. I joined in July 1978, and every day since I was baptized has added to that knowledge.

How I live my faith

I'm not a social person. I like helping people if they need help, and the Church gives me that opportunity to do that. I am currently serving as librarian in the Knightdale I Ward, and also help out with emergency preparation (communications) and the Ward history. I used to work in the Family History Center in Greensboro, when I could see better, and have done some of my own family history. I know I have more to do. I have worked in the Temple, and try to go when I can. The Temple is a place of peace without parallel in my experience.

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Olivia Hurd
I find that attending Sacrament, Sunday School, and Relief Society allows me to learn and renew my baptismal covenants, as well as visit with other Mormons. Where I live, members of the Church are not as many as there are in, say, Utah, so I'm most likely to meet members at Church. Attending the Temple, however, is a privilege that I treasure. I went to the Temple to make covenants to bring me closer to my Heavenly Father. I return to the Temple as often as possible to make these covenants available to members of my family who have passed on, and for others whose work needs to be done. Show more Show less