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Hi I'm Malia Petersen

I am from a small town in California. I put my pants on one leg at time like everyone else. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Rocklin, California to two loving parents who are members of the church. When I was in the fourth grade we were relocated four hours north of there to a tiny town no one has ever heard of. My dad wanted to build his dream house there. Shortly thereafter he was diagnosed with cancer and passed away four years later. My mom, three sisters and I were devastated to say the least. Through love and support from our family and church, we picked ourselves up and continued on knowing very well that God has a plan for us, and we can do hard things. My mom re-married five years later to an amazing man with four boys, who are all the complete opposites of us. Together we have come to love and embrace our differences and fight it out occasionally when we need to. I love my family and wouldn't trade them for the world.

Why I am a Mormon

I was blessed to be born a "Mormon." I grew up listening to bible stories and going to church every Sunday and hearing about all of the happiness that this church brings to peoples lives. I choose to stay a Mormon, because through my own personal experiences, I have come to know that those "Stories" are true, and I have felt the true happiness that can only come from our Savior, our Redeemer, our God. Through my father's passing, I was able to feel and be comforted by the Holy Ghost. When I was on my knees, crying, begging my Heavenly Father to lessen my grief, He did. He sent the Holy Ghost to comfort me. He gave me the knowledge of the Great Plan of Happiness, that I came to this earth to learn and progress and feel pain and sorrow, but that Heavenly Father has a plan for me and everything in this life happens for a reason, and there is nothing that is going to be thrown at me that I can't handle. He will ease my burdens and send guardian angels to protect me against the whirlwinds of this life. I stay a Mormon because I could not see my happiness existing without it, without that crutch that is my loving Heavenly Father. He has helped me with every struggle, and been the reason for every moment of happiness in my life.

How I live my faith

Mormons are known as peculiar people. We live normal lives, we go to work we go to school, we play sports. We participate in our communities and love those around us; however, we do so in such a way that is different from all religions, all of society. We live according to the commandments that the Lord has commanded and we live according to certain standards. Standards that help us live a healthy, happy and fulfilling life. We strive to be as close to Christ-like as possible. Growing up in a small town, I was the only girl my age within a 70 mile radius who tried to live by these standards. Going to public school had its challenges but I remained faithful. I went to youth group every Wednesday where me and my leader struggled to find productive things to do like sewing my first quilt and learning car safety. She was amazing and helped me through some of my hardest trials. I went to church every Sunday and I felt the love that that small congregation had for me and everyone else. I went to school every week day where most of my trials originated. I had to be the one person out of my friend group to not be there when there was an "Awesome" party where every one go so wasted, I had to be the one to say no to the inappropriate movie or sleepovers on Sundays. I had to be the one who strove my hardest to be exactly what Heavenly Father wanted me to be instead of what "So and so" wanted me to be. And through that, I was able to gain a true testimony of how much my Heavenly Father loves me and blesses me when I live my faith. I never once got into a situation that I knew no way out of. I never once felt pressured to do something I didn't want to do because my friends knew how I felt, and I never once felt like a disgrace to anyone. I know that I am loved and can do anything that my Heavenly Father needs me to do. I live my Faith by striving to keep the commandments and being as Christ-like as I possibly can.