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Hi I'm Skyler Tolman

I was born and raised in Orem, Utah and I am happy to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

About Me

I have completed five semesters of college studying Electrical Engineering at BYU, but will be postponing my college education for two years to serve as a full-time missionary in the Korea Daejeon mission. I love music in general, but I especially love to sing. I have enjoyed helping others as a math tutor over the past couple years. I like to run, play ultimate frisbee, and lift weights when I get the chance. I love school and the opportunity to learn, but I am even more excited to postpone my education and sacrifice two years of my life to serve the Lord.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the Church, but when I was 13 or so, I began to examine my beliefs more closely and wanted to learn for myself if it really was all true. Around that same time, I had a Seminary teacher who started the "One Verse Club." He explained that this club was for anyone who would like to have better friends, do better in school, have more peace, have better relations with family, be happier, more hopeful, more determined, and on and on. Obviously, everyone was eager to join. Then he made this promise: if you want these blessings, read at least one verse of the Book of Mormon every day. It seemed simple enough, so I took the challenge. I don't know exactly how God does it, but I testify that from that day on, my life began to improve in every way he promised. As I consistently read the Book of Mormon, I could feel, over time, that I had opened the windows of Heaven to allow God to bless and strengthen me. From that experience and many others since, I have come to know that God really does live, that He really does love me, and that He really did restore His gospel on the earth. So now, I'm not a Mormon because my parents want me to be. I'm not a Mormon because my friends are too. I am a Mormon because I have come to know, through personal experience, that this is God's church and there is nothing on earth that brings greater joy, peace, and strength than knowing God is my Father, that He wants me to gain eternal life, and that the gospel is the way to do it.

How I live my faith

I have been a leader of my peers for most of my time as a teenager. Although it's not easy, the opportunity and responsibility to learn to truly love and serve those around me has been one of the most fulfilling and powerful experiences of my life. There were weeks where I would spend hours and hours looking after others, showing them that I care, and most importantly, showing them that God cares. At times, those hours seemed pretty long, but every time I finished, I couldn't help but feel the glowing peace and love of God, knowing that He was grateful I was fulfilling my responsibility to love and serve His children. Now, I have the opportunity to serve as a full-time missionary to Korea and I am genuinely thrilled to give up two years of my life. Rather than focusing on myself, I get to give my all to loving and serving God's children and to help show them the way to God and eternal life. The knowledge that Christ died for me as my Savior, that He rose the third day, and that because He lives, I too can gain eternal life - that knowledge is the greatest gift God has given to me and I want nothing more than to share it with others so they can experience the peace, love, and joy which I know the gospel brings!