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Hi I'm Malia Johnson

I'm a sister, a future missionary, and I'm a Mormon

About Me

I come from a family of 8, plus 3 if you include my dogs! I am the second oldest and love everyone in my family dearly. I love everything involving art and my main hobby is drawing and painting on shoes! I played tennis and rugby in high school and continue to play tennis during college. I love being active and spending time with family and friends. I love singing and playing my ukulele. And I love reading! I made a decision when I was really little that I would grow up to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and now I have reached the age that I can finally follow through with that decision! I have been called to serve in the Paraguay Asuncion North mission and I cannot be more excited! I feel so blessed and cannot wait to serve the people of Paraguay and introduce them to Christ and the truth of His gospel!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the Church. I wouldn't have it any other way. I love that my parents instilled values and morals that have guided decisions I have made throughout my life. I like to think that I've always been a good girl. I went to church, believed what I heard, and loved the people. The testimony I have started small and has grown gradually over the years, but the pivotal moment occurred when I just turned 18. Like I said, I've always kind of done the right thing, but I didn't do anything to improve myself and really know. I was pretty static, but believed enough that I had a decent testimony. After I graduated high school and before I started college, I decided I was going to try to become my best self, the person that the Lord wanted me to be. I began reading the Book of Mormon with a different perspective, one that caused me to internalize it more. I had read the Book of Mormon several times before that, but I was just reading. Now, as I read I asked myself the question, 'How does this relate to me? Why did the ancient prophets put this in here? The Book of Mormon was written for the people living during this time, so how do I understand why they wanted me to read this?' I promise that by asking those questions I was changed. I didn't truly understand before how the Book of Mormon changes people, I had only heard stories. Once I began internalizing the book, I learned of it's importance. This was key in my understanding of the truthfulness of the gospel. Though I was born into the church, I choose to be Mormon. I choose daily who I want to be and if I want to follow Christ. The restored gospel just makes sense. Families can be together forever. The commandments are there to help and protect us. The Atonement, Christ's necessary and ultimate sacrifice is for everyone and is there to help us when we fall. He suffered for us because He loves us. I know this church is true and I will never deny it.

How I live my faith

There are many opportunities to serve. One of my favorite experiences was when I taught the fiver-year-olds of my congregation. I learned a lot by studying the basic principles of the gospel, as well as a lot of patience. I learned the real meaning of loving the people that you serve. I live my faith as conspicuously as possible. I love what I believe and I want to share it with others, which is why I am so excited to serve a mission! I live my faith by striving to always follow the Savior's example.