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Hi I'm Jennifer Tolman

I'm from California. I love fat puppies, politics, and things that go fast. I'm serving in the France Paris Mission. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in the small town of Placerville, California. I received my BA in International Relations from San Francisco State University, with an emphasis in national security, covert political warfare, and terrorism studies. I completed an internship with the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect, hosted by the World Federalist Movement in New York City. This experience yielded the opportunity to observe the workings of the UN Security Council and inaugurated my familiarity with international laws and norms regarding human rights and mass atrocity. I enjoy foreign languages, and have studied French, Modern Hebrew, and a little Persian. I love any and all forms of exercise: Boxing, squatting, distance jogging (especially in the rain), etc. I also love reading, cooking/baking, gardening, road-tripping, and being outside. I'm fascinated with architecture and enjoy dabbling with design apps.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because my individual experiences have developed a testimony of our Savior Jesus Christ within me, independent of being raised a Latter-day Saint. While church attendance growing up inculcated Gospel rudiments, I learned on my own that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is more than just knowledge; it is salvation in my own life--applicable daily: In times of both happiness and sorrow, I have become acquainted with the distinguishable--and yet profoundly interrelated--components of the Savior's Atonement. The Savior atoned for our sins as to redeem us by His blood (conditional upon repentance on our part), but the Atonement also confirmed His perfect understanding and sympathy for every experience each of us have ever, or will ever, encounter. By faith in Christ and His Atonement--both the redeeming and empowering elements--we are enabled to fulfill all that is expedient in Him (Moroni 7:33). Furthermore, the Book of Mormon teaches that the will of our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ is that we have joy (2 Nephi 2). With His sacrifice, Christ supplied all that is necessary for us to find joy. Acknowledging this certainty helped me realize that He is the universal cure to every affliction. Anxiety, stress, loss, depression, doubts, loneliness, and even broken hearts. I know that the Atonement is infinite in nature, and that the Savior will continue to provide, comfort, and heal, so long as I pray faithfully and continually unto Him, and ask. I am a Latter-day Saint because my faith in the Atonement of Jesus Christ--the center of my life--is strengthened daily by my growing knowledge of the Book of Mormon.

How I live my faith

Prior to leaving on my mission, I served in the nursery, where I taught and observed kids from 18-months to 3-years old. I found great joy in my responsibilities, as children always bring a special closeness to the Spirit. Having the opportunity to love, nurture, and serve the most valiant of spirits blessed me immeasurably and advanced my personal progression. My understanding of charity increased exponentially, and prepared me to serve with a deeper and more dignified sense of love, compassion, and empathy.