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Hi I'm Mal

I'm a hiker, a singer, and a big sister. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Like the average college undergrad, my time is divided between family at home, work and school, learning and playing and loving life. True joy for me comes from hiking in the Wasatch Mountains with my 7 little brothers and sisters, singing at the top of our lungs in 6 part harmony. I bike and blog and make pretty good Mexican food, though I always tell people I am most myself on stage with a Jazz combo, singing my favorite standards. When I grow up I want to be a school teacher, a mom and a gardener. In the meantime, I help my neighbors rake their leaves, collect children's books for my home library, and volunteer at the local elementary school. I believe in the power of positive attitude, the importance of a genuine smile, and I believe some day I will finish a New York Times crossword puzzle all by myself.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was seven years old I asked my mother what a testimony was. Growing up in an LDS home, my parents had taught me the role of the Holy Ghost in my life, and I was always filled with a great love for my Savior, the scriptures and the plan of our Heavenly Father. I knew my parents knew these things were true, but somewhere I had learned that I needed my own testimony of the truth, and I wanted one. My mom smiled, and invited me to find out for myself. I can still remember turning the pages of the book Mormon Doctrine that Mom pulled off the shelf. I couldn't understand everything I read, but I remember sitting and thinking about what it meant to believe in the truth of Jesus Christ, His Gospel and His teachings. And I remember feeling God's love. In the years that followed, I read from the scriptures, The Bible and The Book of Mormon, and I prayed and asked God if these things were all true. Each time I reached out to know better His truth, I felt His love. Sometimes it was quiet enough to ignore- sometimes it was so forceful, I knew without question of His presence in my life. I studied the words of God's prophets and apostles, from ancient times and today, and many years after that first search for truth, I volunteered to serve as a full-time missionary and teach others about the truths I had come to know and love. Every step of the way, my testimony grew. I came to recognize the feeling of God's love was His Holy Ghost, the Comforter that Christ promised would teach us all things. I continue to build my testimony of God's truth one prayer at a time, one scripture study at a time, each Sunday in church, and daily as I work to hear and follow the Holy Ghost. I'm a Mormon because each day I learn again and a little more that God loves us. The Holy Ghost still speaks to us. Jesus Christ is still teaching His truth. And this is it.

How I live my faith

Being Christian is like being a singer: it's not just something you listen to or appreciate, but it's something you do all the time. I recently returned home from a year and a half as a full-time missionary for the church in California. Every day my purpose was to love and to serve the people there and to invite everyone to come closer to Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ. At school, I have had the opportunity with others in my congregation to provide Sunday services for youth in a local detention center. I have lead the choir, taught from the scriptures in small groups and helped organize service projects. My family loves to visit the local retirement center to sing hymns and visit with the residents. There are always people surrounding us who need to feel the love of our Heavenly Father-- and we are here to be His hands and share it.