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Hi I'm Benjamin Tolman

I grew up in Utah, I'm a fire fighter, soldier, and an adrenalin junky, and I'm a Mormon :)

About Me

I was raised in Utah with a wonderful family and have always been active in my faith. But until I joined the army right out of high school and was shipped off to boot camp, I relied a lot on the faith of my parents. It was during this time in my life that I came to know my Savior and his love for me, and that the things I had been taught really were true. That knowledge has helped me so much thought my life. I chose to serve a mission for the church because of the things I came to know while in military training. I was assigned to serve the people in Washington State and Oregon. I labored to share with these people the blessings that I have had in my life through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. My Girlfriend is currently serving as a missionary in Hawaii and I love and miss her very much! But I know that the Lord is blessing the people of Hawaii and the world through her devoted Service, and in turn the Lord is blessing her. I am currently working and waiting for her to come home so we can start our life together. :)

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have come to know through diligent searching, praying, and scripture study that Jesus is the Christ, he loves me so much! He provided a way for me and everyone to come back to our Heavenly Father. That plan is called the plan of happiness. God has also given us the Bible as a witness of his reality, and the Book of Mormon which is another testimony of Christ and his mission. I prayed and asked God if the Book of Mormon is true, and have felt the spirit whisper to my heart and soul that it is true. I have acted on that witness and chosen to be a Mormon. I have lived the gospel and came to know for myself that these things are true. And you can too! My life has been so blessed because of my faith in Christ and being a member of his church. And I wish those blessings for all mankind :)

How I live my faith

I try to attend as many church activities as I can. I am a young adult and the church has a congregation that is just for young adults that are not married from ages 18 to 31. We do all sorts of fun activities that young people enjoy. And it all begins with a prayer and a spiritual thought to help us remember who we are and what we stand for. The most important meeting we attend as Mormons is called sacrament meeting. We meet together to take the sacrament which is similar to communion. We make a promise to God to try and do better than the previous week, To always remember Jesus Christ and to take his name upon us. And by doing this we can be forgiven of our sins through Christ. I always try to remember that promise wherever I am, whatever I'm doing, and whoever I am with and to live worthy of the title Christian, which we are as members of the Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints. I also love to serve my community and my country. That is why I joined the Army National Guard as a airborne combat engineer in the 19th SF, and a Volunteer Fire Fighter/EMT. 

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Benjamin Tolman
Our local congregations are called wards (or branches for smaller congregations). They are organized geographically and members attend a ward or branch near their home. Because in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all the teaching materials are consistent throughout the wards and branches, a person will be studying the same lessons no matter where in the world they attend church. The spiritual leader of each ward is called the bishop (or the branch president for branches). He is a member of the congregation who has been asked to serve as a volunteer in this position. A group of wards forms a stake, and the leader of a stake is a stake president. “Stake” is not a term found in the New Testament, but is taken from Old Testament tent imagery in which the “tent,” or church, is held up by supporting stakes (see Isaiah 54:2). A ward or a branch is a community in which members develop friendships and help each other. Members try to follow the teachings of an ancient prophet who taught that when we are baptized, we are “willing to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light” and “willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort” (Book of Mormon, Mosiah 18:8-9). Through service, members lift one another’s burdens and express their love. Show more Show less