THANKS FOR THE OLYMPIC SPIRIT
It is with many happy memories that we roll up the travel blanket and leave a place that has demonstrated the spirit of the Olympics in its truest form — friendship, tolerance, compassion and teamwork.
We came into Utah with some concern as to whether we would be accepted by a community steeped in a religious tradition sometimes considered overpowering. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints certainly put forward an incredible image and gained our respect with hard work, honesty, friendship and dedication to peace and good will.
It was my job to present the world tour exhibit — L. Ron Hubbard, Images of a Lifetime. In this "LDS state" we were a little nervous about the acceptance of humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard, who was also the founder of the religion Scientology and pen to the best-selling self-help book, Dianetics. However, we were pleasantly surprised to be welcomed with open arms. People wanted to know about this man and his many works. We answered thousands of questions.
Why? Possibly, it is the concern for and love of mankind that moves this diverse community to embrace people of any faith, color or race, who have the purpose of a better world, and to welcome them.
This was indeed an incredible Olympic experience. The memories of the Games themselves will stay with us forever, together with the friendships made with all of the people we have met. Those who live and work here should be mighty proud of their efforts and dedication to world peace.
Hubbard wrote, "On the day when we can fully trust each other, there will be peace on Earth." I think we now have exchanged this trust with the people of this great state.
Thank you, Utah — be proud of what you did!
Kaye Conley President, Friends of L. Ron Hubbard Foundation, Hollywood, Calif.
This article reposted by Greg Churilov
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