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Hi I'm Mali Smith

I grew up in Virginia. I'm a student at BYU. I'm spending the next 18 months serving as a missionary. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Virginia, outside Washington DC. I love soccer, hiking, and exploring DC. I just finished my freshman year at Brigham Young University, where I am studying exercise science. I hope to become an occupational therapist in the future. I was just called to serve as a missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Nampa Idaho mission. I can't wait to head back out west and share what makes me truly happy.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to parents who are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Although both are strong members of the church, I recognized at a young age that I couldn't make my life decisions based on what my parents believed. I had to come to an understanding of truth based on my own experiences. However, I didn't feel a strong need to gain my own testimony of truth until I reached high school. At that point, two things happened: 1) First, I began to realize how many churches, ideologies, and conflicting opinions exist in the world. This made me wonder which of all the many religions and opinions are correct. So, I researched and explored the different truths presented around the world. 2) Second, I started to experience events in my life that pushed me to look for a source of strength beyond my own. I realized that life can be very difficult sometimes, and I needed somewhere to turn. These two changes in my life marked the beginning of changes in myself. As I explored religions and moral philosophies I found a lot of dead ends and unanswered questions. Some options seemed inviting, but the people who lived accordingly didn't represent what I wanted to become. However, I found that the more I paid attention to what was taught in the Mormon church, the more things made sense, felt complete, and guided me towards my fullest potential. As I dealt with trials within my life, I found myself drawn to the Mormon church, and what I felt there. I had so many experiences where I felt strength and guidance beyond anything I could have found on my own. This to me was the biggest draw to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The wholeness, peace, and comfort I experienced as I drew closer to Christ was unlike anything I've felt or seen anywhere else. I am so grateful I was given the opportunity to learn about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Through years of experiences I have grown to know myself, my Savior, and His plan for me.

How I live my faith

At church, I've had lots of opportunities to get involved, lead, and serve. During high school I was able to attend seminary classes before school every day. I've led the girls my age during high school, was a camp counselor at church girls camp, and helped plan youth activities such as a dances or conferences. I have been able to serve people all around me through my involvement in church. I was a youth representative at Virginia's Day to Serve, helped at the Fort Lauderdale Mormon temple opening, and even had the opportunity to travel to Honduras three times for service trips. My ability to participate in service for others has grown my faith, humility, and love for those around me. I am so grateful I've been given the chance to develop Christ-like attributes through opportunities to serve and lead as He did.