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Hi I'm Jared Toland

I grew up in Washington state, but moved to Missouri at the age of 16. I love sports and reading. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have many hobbies and sports that I love. I love to read books, ever since I was a little kid I have loved to read, fiction stories are my favorite. I also love sports, growing up I played soccer and wrestled. I graduated High School in 2012, with plans to then go on a mission. I worked to save up the money I needed to go, and am now serving in the California Irvine Mission!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into this church, but developed my own testimony of the truthfulness of its teachings. I gained this testimony by reading the Book of Mormon, and learned that it supports the Bible. As I continued to read the scriptures and pray to no that they are true, I got my answer that indeed they were true, that God hears and answers our prayers, and that through the power of the holy ghost we can know the truth of all things.

How I live my faith

I attend my church every Sunday. I am in a young single adults branch and am the branch mission leader. I love it, I get to spend lots of time with the elders assigned to our branch. I help them in what ever way I can, whether that is setting up appointments for them and the non full time branch missionaries or actually going out with them on appointments. I also have the opportunity to go visit with members of the branch each month and see how they are doing, share a spiritual message with them and altogether build strong friendships with them. Every Monday night I attend something called FHE (Family Home Evening), there we are taught from the scriptures and take part in fun activities. Then every Thursday night I attend something called institute where I study the scriptures and take a class that teaches me how to draw close to my Savior.

What is the Book of Mormon?

Jared Toland
The Book of Mormon is another witness like the bible that Jesus Christ is our savior and redeemer. It is not ment to replace the bible but to support and clarify it. The Book of Mormon is full of the testimoneys and stories of prophets in the americas. These prophets recorded their struggles and challenges they and those around them faced, as they strove to follow God's commandments and how through their savior Jesus Christ they overcame great obstacles. They teach us how we can do the same, by following God's plan for us. There is a promise at the end of the Book of Mormon. Its says that if we read, ponder, and pray, with a sincere heart and real intent, that we can know for our selves if it is true by the power of the Holy Ghost. I know that this is true and would invite all to test this. It has forever changed my life and will do the same for you! Show more Show less