Some would say Aida Santos Mattingley's future looked dim when she arrived in Utah 25 years ago.
Sister Mattingley had been shunned by her family in the Philippines because she had joined the Church. She hoped Utah would be the ideal spot to practice the new faith she embraced and loved.
Still, her new home would offer some challenges. There was little ethnic diversity in Utah in 1975. Sister Mattingley, a member of the Centennial Park Ward of the Salt Lake Hunter Stake, remembers feeling like she had the darkest face in the entire state.
Instead of being defeated by obstacles, Sister Mattingley has spent the past quarter century serving others. She has worked to improve the Salt Lake area and the lives of ethnic minorities by lending her time and talents to community service, voluntarism, education, the arts and local government.
She has been an advocate for Utah's Asian committee, offered her opinions in newspaper editorials and has worked to promote minority participation in the 2000 U.S. Census.
Her leadership and enthusiasm are valued and in demand. Sister Mattingley's community service includes chairing the Governor's Asian Advisory Council and directing the Filipino Performing Arts of Utah and Philippine Peace Garden Council. She is a member of the Salt Lake Council of Women and the 2002 Olympics Arts and Culture Council.
After 25 years of faithful devotion to the LDS Church, Sister Mattingley's achievement, leadership and "commitment to uphold Christian faith" were recently honored in San Francisco by the Catholic University of Santo Tomas Alumni Association.
Sister Mattingley and her husband, Kent Mattingley, have been married for 22 years. They were panelists at a state-sponsored conference on Utah families. Their son, Kenton, Jr., is serving a full-time mission in the Czech Republic.
Sister Mattingley has worked for the Church for 25 years, is featured in a book profiling notable Filipino Americans and contributed to the book Asian Americans in Utah, a Living History.
Another in a series of "Shining Moments."