Editor's Note: I was really happy to learn that Elder Mallory grew up in my home town. It's been neat to have him here and we've had dinner together with members of his zone several times. Thanks for the interview, Elder!
Where are you from?
Why did you become a missionary?
Both my dad and brother plus several of my friends served missions. I was able to notice a significant change in their lives from before they left to when they returned home. Eventually it became time for me to decide whether or not I was going to serve a mission. I made the decision to go because I knew it would have a positive impact on those around me and myself as well.
What do you think you'll do after your mission?
I am planning on returning to BYU-Idaho to obtain a degree in Business Administration. Starting a family is also a priority.
What is your impression of your mission so far?
It is definitely the greatest experience of my life. The best part is that I am living what I believe and sharing it with everyone I can. I'm not just a salesman trying to sell something I don't believe. I would recommend everyone my age to also serve a mission.
Please share an experience that starts with "This one time".
Usually, when someone starts off a story with "this one time," it usually means they are going to tell a funny story. My story isn't exactly comical, but the experience I had has helped me to remember the importance of what I do as a missionary. While serving in Fairfield, My companion and I met this man named Norm. He was a polite and genuine man that seemed to know quite a bit about who we were as missionaries. In future lessons we learned that he not only lived in Utah, but lived across the hallway from missionaries in his apartment building. We spent more time getting to know Norm and from the impressions I got, a lot of the experiences he had in his life helped him to be prepared to join the LDS church. He let us know that he prayed to know what we taught him was true and as he did, tears streamed down his face. On the next appointment, we planned on setting a date for Norm to be baptized. The day we show up for the lesson, he answers the door with oxygen tubes and a walker. In the two days that we had last seen him, he had found out that he had stage three cancer and was only a couple months away from passing away. I questioned why this would happen to someone that was willing to change their life around for the gospel. Norm let us know that he was truly grateful for his Heavenly Father putting us into his life to help him gain a testimony of the plan of salvation and the knowledge he then had that there is life after death.
How do people treat you--people you contact out in public?
Often times it depends how we treat them. Other times it doesn't matter how kind we try to be to someone. There are a lot of genuine people out there that treat us with respect. They might not be interested in the message we share, but they are polite. Other people yell at us or ignore us in most situations. I try to not judge those that don't treat us with respect and say they must be having a bad day.
When you meet somebody on the street, or knock on their door, what do you want from them?
I want to share with them the message of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. It has changed my life as I have found it to be true. If someone isn't interested we love doing service too. Free of charge!
What is your favorite breakfast meal? (I'm always asking about food)
Anything else you'd like to say?
What it comes down to is that missionaries are regular people just trying to do some good in the world. If someone took the time to talk to us whether it be 30 seconds or 30 minutes, anyone would be able to see that we truly have something great to share.