Hi I'm Malinda Nevitt
I'm a Mormon.
I'm 27 and have just graduated from ASU with a degree in English Literature and hope to find a job that I will not only enjoy but that will allow me to pay off my student loans--and buy new shoes! I was born and raised in southern Arizona by a farmer and a music teacher both of who taught me that we do hard things--like chopping weeds in the cotton fields, yard work, and cleaning the bathrooms--with a smile and that trying to get out of work is harder than work it self. Despite Papa's best efforts I am not a morning person! But I am a reader. It all began with the Boxcar Children and Louis L'Amour and grew into J.R.R. Tolkien, Jane Austen, Robert Jordan, J.K. Rowling and Neil Gaiman. I served in the LDS California San Fernando Mission where I learned to speak Spanish and eat incredibly spicy hot food! I'm an Aunt and am completely in love with my nephews who have me wrapped around their sticky and often dirty little fingers.
One of the biggest factors of why I'm a Mormon is my family. I was raised in a Mormon household with Parents who attended church every week. I was baptized when I was 8 by my Papa. I might have been young and I admit I didn't fully understand the doctrine of the church but what I did know was that my Heavenly Father loved me and would always be there for me. I remember being very nervous before my baptism so I knelt down and said a prayer asking my Heavenly Father if this is what I was really suppose to do. I was't visited by an angel, or an audible voice in answer to my prayer but what I did get was the calming confirmation that I was doing what God wanted me to do. I found out that day all those years ago that God loved me--an 8 year old nobody--enough to answer my prayer; to this day I know that if I'm nervous or scared or lonely all I have to do is turn to him in prayer and he will send me the comfort I need; that's why I'm a Mormon!
I live my faith by trying to do the little things everyday; by waking up and saying my prayers and reading my scriptures, both the Book of Mormon and the Bible, and going to all 3 hours church on Sunday. I've had many callings in the church but my favorite was when I taught Sunday School in my Singles Ward. I loved having a specific lesson to study every week and trying to find ways to apply what we were reading in the scriptures into our every day lives. I try to live my faith by asking myself how the things I learn in church or while studying the scriptures bring me closer to my Savior, Jesus Christ, and then try to apply them into my daily life.