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Hi I'm Sylvia Atkins

I grew up in England and in 1971 came to New Zealand for a year's working holiday. I met the missionaries and became a Mormon.

About Me

I'm in my late sixties and have just retired from work. My husband and I have been married for well over 40 years and have three children and seven grandchildren. My main hobbies and interests are reading and genealogical research. As time is very precious I don't read much fiction, I'd rather read about historical events and places.

Why I am a Mormon

When two missionary Elders knocked at my home in England, a few weeks before I came to New Zealand, I wasn’t interested. After being in New Zealand about two months I met a member and became curious about the Church. I was working in the cataloguing section of a public library at the time and found some books the Church had donated some years before. This fuelled my curiosity even more and I ended up having the missionary discussions. I gained a witness that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true and was baptised by my member friend a few month later. When I look back on the experiences I’ve had since joining the Church, my knowledge and understanding of the gospel has grown which in turn has strengthened my testimony.

How I live my faith

I have had a number of callings over the years. Some have been challenging but as I’ve sort Heavenly Father’s help, the challenges became learning moments which not only increased my gospel knowledge, but helped me deal with my family and work associates. I served for a number of years in various Family History Centers and as a Family History Consultant and especially enjoyed working with people to help them find their ancestors. I have a very strong testimony of this work.