What Is a Church Community?
Loading.....

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Malia Ball

I am the oldest of ten children, and I love it! I love serving the Lord and leaning about His world and everything he can teach me

About Me

I've just graduated from high school, and I'm on my way out into the mission field to serve in one of the Mormon Trail Visitor's Centers, and teach the Lord's people! When I return home, I plan to earn my teaching degree, with an emphasis in Psychology and Language Art studies, focusing on a license in secondary education (high school). I love to read, to write, and to run! I have logged a lot of miles over the past year, and plan to complete a marathon in fall of 2017. I am very excited!! Family is very important to me. I am the oldest of ten siblings, all biologically related! We enjoy going on trips, playing together, and spending time with each other. Our favorite family activity is solving jigsaw puzzles. I love spending time with my them, and I can't wait until I have a family of my own.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon, because in this gospel I have found answers, and in this gospel I have found peace. In our gospel, we teach and believe, and I personally know, that we have the restored fullness of Christ's true church in these latter days. This means that we can find answers to all our questions if we pray to God, asking our questions with a "sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ" (Book of Mormon, Moroni 10:5). I have had SO many questions in my life, and I'm only a teenager! As I have learned and grown in this gospel, I have found that all my questions hold an answer that, if I am willing to trust in God, make sense to me, and satisfy my hunger for knowledge. In each of our lives, we have troubles and turmoil. Whether these be trials within our family or friend group, the physical or spiritual loss of a loved one, or personal problems that plague our heart, mind, and soul, we all yearn for peace and comfort. We all yearn to allow our troubled hearts, minds, and souls to find an isle of safety in these troubled seas of life, and this gospel has done this for me. Through the gospel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I have been able to find rest for my aching heart, peace for my troubled mind, and a sense of calm and belonging for my once lost soul. This peace comes in different ways to each person, and is certainly not a "one time solution". Losses still occur, peers make choices that negatively affect us, and sometimes we are still our own worst enemies. But these things are ever so much easier to bear with the light of Christ illuminating the way, and His peace settled in every fiber of our being. I am a Mormon, not only because I go to church, read my scriptures, or say my prayers. While I still faithfully do these things, I am a Mormon because this gospel is true. I am a Mormon because I love my Savior, Redeemer, and Brother Jesus Christ, and this is how I show Him. I am a Mormon, and I know it, I live it, and I LOVE it!

How I live my faith

I spent several of my teenage years called as a ward missionary, which means I have the privilege of serving all the people of my ward and stake, especially the investigators and less active members. While the "daily checklists" of the Mormon religion are important, I find they may at times become overwhelming, and sometimes intimidating, making us lose focus of what our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ want us to learn and experience in this life. One of our church's leaders gave a talk several years ago, in which he said: "In our diligent efforts to fulfill all of the duties and obligations we take on as members of the Church, we sometimes see the gospel as a long list of tasks that we must add to our already impossibly long to-do list, as a block of time that we must somehow fit into our busy schedules. We focus on what the Lord wants us to do and how we might do it, but we sometimes forget why." (Dieter F. Utchdorf, "Forget Me Not", October 2011) In an effort to follow this counsel, I have tried to focus on the simple things of this gospel; I try to find the good in everyone, and genuinely serve someone each day, even in the simplest of ways. I look for the Lord's tender mercies, or little miracles, in everything, and thank Him for them always. I take time to sincerely speak with the Lord, formally and informally, so that I may better know Him, and He may better know me. In an effort to follow another challenge, this one from our prophet, I read out of my copy of The Book of Mormon every day, taking notes, and highlighting and underlining passages. I certainly know that I am quite the imperfect person, but through my daily efforts to serve others, love one another, and get to know the Lord better, I have seen the daily quality of my life and all my relationships improve exponentially, especially the relationships of a heavenly nature.

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Malia Ball
God is meant to be our best friend! He is there for us always, and wants us to return to live with Him. While He wants us to become perfected like Him, He understands that we are mortal, and He loves us where we stand. He is here for us always; when we feel nervous, sad, broken, upset, lost or discouraged, and He cheers for us when we are excited, happy, and cheerful. He wants to hear from us always, because He knows us, and cares for us personally. WE are His spiritual Sons and Daughters, and that makes us of infinite worth! God cares for each of us individually, and loves us more than we could ever imagine, and one of His greatest desires is for us to realize this. Show more Show less