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Hi I'm Malia Carter

I'm Malia Carter, I'm 21 years old, I'm serving a mission in Santa Rosa, California, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I come from a family of five girls where I am the oldest. I play violin, and love creating music. I love to see the joy on people's faces when beautiful music touches their hearts. I am very competitive. I love playing soccer, volleyball, settlers of catan, grounders, and anything that gets me motivated to win. I just learned how to ride a motorcycle, and may have found my new obsession along with blogging, and reading blogs. I run to calm my mind when I am stressed. My favorite kind of running is trail running. I completed a half marathon and love making new running goals. I am an odd duck with super curly blond hair, blue eyes, and fair skin in a family of dark skin, hair, and eyes. I am a quarter Cree, from the Little Red River Cree Nation up north with a status card to prove it, and don't look a stitch of it. I graduated as a home schooler, and finished a year of school at Brigham Young University - Idaho where I studied music. I love to hike! I'm a waitress, I am an amateur beginner sailor, and love to be on the ocean. My home is on Vancouver Island where hippies, and granolas abound, and where my family's small farm exists. I milk goats, collect eggs, take care of animals, and garden. My mom, dad and sisters are my best friends and I couldn't ask for a greater family than them. I am serving in the Santa Rosa, California Mission for 18 months beginning July 24th 2013, and I am a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

Well, to clarify, "Mormon" is just a nickname from the fact that we study the Bible AND the Book of Mormon. We are actually Latter-Day Saints (LDS), short for being members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Lots of people have a hard time understanding why I would be part of a religion that (in their minds) has so many rules. To clarify, there are no rules, only guidelines and standards to a happy and healthy life, and I chose to live by them. With every standard lived, blessings follow, and I have seen them in my life first hand. I am the most happy when I live high standards. Some may think that it would be restrictive, but it is exactly the opposite. Having high standards is liberating from all of the consequences that living low standards bring. I do not feel in the least bit deprived of fun because of my high standards. I love having fun. Honestly though, the reason I am "Mormon" isn't really about the standards. The soul driving purpose for me is Jesus Christ. I would be nothing without Him. Through my personal trials and struggles I am able to be healed and held when times are hard, because Christ has already suffered them. He understands, and is so full of compassion. Being a "Mormon" is a path to happiness, peace and joy. It is a path back to our Heavenly Father through Christ. Being a "Mormon" provides answers to life's common questions like who am I? Why am I here? And where am I going? To put it simple, I am a mormon because it makes me happy.

How I live my faith

I have served in many different positions and responsibilities called "callings" in the church, they are a chance and opportunity to serve and give of ourselves without payment. I had one calling where I conducted and organized the music every sunday; another calling where I organized young adult activities; and another calling where I was the secretary for the womans organization called "Relief Society". My latest calling is a little bit different. I've been called to serve as a missionary to the Santa Rosa, California Mission. This calling is obtained through application to the church head quarters, and designated through inspiration by those reviewing applications. I love serving in the church and the opportunities it gives me to grow, love others, and become more like Christ. Aside from "callings" I live my faith through small daily things like personal scripture study and prayer, and family time. During the times of trial I turn to my Savior, Jesus Christ. He suffered everything for me and for all of us so that if we will humble ourselves, repent, and follow Him, we will not have to suffer as he did. He also suffered the pains of sorrow and grief, so that if we humble ourselves and turn to him for help, He will lighten our burdens, and cause them to be bearable, He'll carry them for us, and give us understanding and perspective. He suffered everything so that we might not be alone, and have someone to turn to in time of need. He is the center of how I live my faith.

What is faith?

Malia Carter
The best way I can describe faith is how I feel about it personally. For me it is when I so deeply and strongly believe in something, and when I have felt it in my heart and know it to be true, faith is the action of following through with a knowledge and belief, knowing that blessing and good will come of it even if it is seems hard, or sometimes impossible. Faith is a God given gift that I believe we can all develop. As we exercise our faith it will grow. Through faith I have experienced so many miracles in my life. Having faith in Jesus Christ is the most rewarding thing to have. Faith is an action word. You can't just say you believe in something without working at that belief. A fire will go out if not kindled, a plant will die if not nurtured. So will our faith burn out if the work isn't put in to keep it going. Act on your faith, you will be so blessed just as I have. Show more Show less