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Hi I'm Ginger Tolman

Grew up as a Mormon, but took my time finding faith. I'm a wife, mother and sister. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to sing and was able to play the Baker's Wife in my high school production of "Into the Woods", and was in our school's audition choir. I received my bachelor's degree in 2013 and work part-time teaching parenting, dating and committed relationship skills in the county jail, high schools, Department of Workforce Services and the community. I'm a wife to a handsome fella I went to high school with (but we weren't high school sweethearts) and a mother to a beautiful 2-year old daughter.

Why I am a Mormon

I've always been attracted to the idea of standing out--in Utah, it's the non-Mormons who stand out. So I thought I would try to "stand out" and do things most Mormons don't. When I was around 14, my family moved to a very little town. In an effort to find friends that were unique, I attached myself to some really friendly classmates who I knew weren't living the ways Mormons typically do. At first, I only watched when they did things I knew I probably shouldn't do. But with time,curiosity grew and I started joining in. After a run in with the law, and calling things off with a serious boyfriend, I began thinking more about spiritual topics and praying more.That wasn't enough to fully convert me though. I would choose to live a different way depending on how I felt that day. After years of this lifestyle, I began to see how every single thing that had happened to me, every experience I'd ever had was because God had been guiding me along the way. He led me to my wonderful husband, provided me with my beautiful daughter and another baby that I will be blessed to raise in the next life. I choose to be a member of the LDS church because I am able to see every occurrence as a blessing, whether it felt that way at the time or not. I know without a doubt that Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ know me by name, that they understand my feelings of happiness, grief, sorrow and worry. Without them, I wouldn't be able to hold my baby again someday. Following their commandments is a small price to pay for all they have given me. I choose to live this way because I've lived the other way and know without a doubt that it doesn't make me happy. After all, "wickedness never was happiness" (Alma 41:10). I'm so grateful for my Savior, for the sacrifices he made so that I can be with loved ones who have gone before me. He made it possible for all of us to start clean again, to have our mistakes erased. I know I can never repay Him, but I will do everything I can to try.

How I live my faith

My husband and I started dating when we were called to teach the 17-18 year olds in our ward, and guess what? We're still teaching the youth together, except this time they're much younger (5 and 6 year olds). I'm blessed to live near my sister and her family. One of the ways I'm able to live my faith is through simple service by watching her kids when she needs me to. Of course, she returns the favor when I go to work. I love my family!

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

Ginger Tolman
A man named Joseph Smith, Jr. was reading in the Bible one day and came across James 1:5--"If any of ye lack wisdom, let him ask of God...". Joseph wanted to know which church he should join, and when he prayed, he was visited by Heavenly Father and Jesus who called him by name and told him not to join any of the churches because Christ's true church wasn't on the earth anymore. He was told where to find an ancient book written by the first inhabitants of the continent. With Heavenly Father's help, Joseph translated the inscriptions into English--we call this the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less