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Hi I'm Mallory

I'm an island girl, a mother, a wife, a writer. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up on an island off the coast of Maine, but moved from there to an island in the Pacific when I was fourteen and attended all four years of high school there. I've only been back once since I left to start college in 2005, but my family and I are going back to visit my parents this year! I have a bachelor's in English and although I love to teach, I've decided to stay home with my daughter. I write short stories and poetry and have been published in non-academic periodicals three times. I live in California with my husband and daughter. We love it here, but I'm homesick for New England and we hope some day to return. I love to travel and enjoy the different places I've been, but Frank L. Baum was right: there's no place like home.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints before they were married, so I have been blessed to grow up as a member all my life. That doesn't mean that I've never questioned my beliefs. I have always felt that I should gain an understanding of why I believe what I do. So, bit by bit, I research each fraction of my faith as a whole. I know I will be doing this probably for the rest of my life, but that's what I feel I'm here for: to learn. The more I study the Gospel and the teachings of ancient and latter-day prophets, the more I believe this is the only true church. I have also studied the teachings of other religions; we are taught as Latter-day Saints that we claim all truth, but not that we have a monopoly on truth. So, what truth is out there? By studying the focuses of other religions along with the Gospel of Christ, I have gained a deeper understanding of many of His teachings, such as pondering and meditating on the scriptures and answers to prayer.

How I live my faith

I am a member of the activities committee for the Relief Society, which is the Church's women's organization. This allows me to plan activities--both social and service-oriented--for the women in our ward. I also am an active visiting teacher, which is a calling given to all women in the Church to befriend and support each other. I have a strong testimony of visiting teaching. It often crosses boundaries set by age and circumstances and brings women together who may not have actively sought each other's company. Because of visiting teaching, I have made some good friends I probably would not have otherwise.