Nephew Dave Moala; Elder Jay D. Pimentel; Malia Saulala, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf
Malia Luisa Latu Saulala has been recognized as the City of Oakland’s 2017 Mother of the Year. Malia is the mother of thirteen children, five or her own and eight adopted. She was raised as a Catholic in Tonga, and at the age of 19 moved to American Samoa where she met her husband and joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They moved to the United States in 1976 and she soon became very involved in her Oakland neighborhood.
Malia has worked tirelessly in her community, serving on the Maxwell Park Neighborhood Council. In 2001 she received the Silver Beaver Award from the San Francisco Bay Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
As a faithful Mormon, Malia actively volunteers as an early morning Seminary instructor where she teaches a Bible and Scripture class to high school students each day before they go to school. She also helps lead the 3-11 year old Primary youth program and has served as a Sunday School teacher, women’s organization Relief Society President, and Cub Scout leader. .
At the public Mother of the Year ceremony, held at the Morcom Rose Garden in Oakland, Elder Jay D. Pimentel, a local leader for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, offered his thoughts about Sister Saulala.
ElderPimentel said, “She is a living example of what the Bible asks – that we extend our influence for good beyond the ‘bushel’ of our own individual lives.”
Elder Pimentel told the audience that he has known Sister Saulala for 25 years and believed her to very deserving of this recognition, adding “She is miraculous in her service in her immediate family, in her extended family, in her neighborhood, in her church, in the Cub Scout program of the Boy Scouts of America, and in the community.”