Archive for June, 2014


I’m doing pretty good! I’m glad you enjoyed your video.  I’m glad that you’re feeling much better. I am sure that you all are going to amazing in your youth conference presentation! How are the elders in Athens back there doing? How are the sister missionaries?? The work here in Portland is coming along. We have someone with a baptismal date of the 19th of July.

I gave my talk in the English ward about the Great Apostasy. I tried to liven it up. Elder D., our zone leader spoke right after me about the Restoration. It was a good combo!! I’m gonna be with my companion for another 7 weeks. The new mission president comes in this Saturday! My focus is obedience. Obedience brings blessings and happiness! And that’s what we all need. I love you so much! And I hope that you have a great day today!

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Because of Him

Dear Mom,

 

I’m really sorry to hear about DJ. He was a great guy, and someone I’ll always remember with a smile on his face as we always talked about sports, especially Kentucky basketball. But whenever a death happens, I always feel the most sorry for the family and friends of those that the person was close to. So you all basically. I may be only a 20 year old kid, who has only had a year of college. I’m far from imperfect. But I have been called of Jesus Christ to declare his everlasting Gospel to everyone, not just the people here, but to y’all as well. And as an authorized representative of Jesus Christ on the Earth I can promise you that this grief and sorrow is only temporary. The prophet Alma taught, “Behold, it has been made known unto me by an angel, that the spirits of all men, as soon as they are departed from this mortal body, yea, the spirits of all men, whether they be good or evil, are taken home to that God who gave them life.” (Alma 40:11) What I would advise you all to do, and by y’all I mean you, Meme, Dad, even Kim and Kelsey and anyone else to watch the video “Because of Him” that the Church put out. (https://www.lds.org/youth/video/because-of-him?lang=eng )This video declares powerful truths that have been made possible because of Christ’s infinite suffering for us. But more importantly, I want you to pay attention to how you feel throughout the video and after it. I can promise you that the Holy Ghost will teach you things and put feelings into your heart that are indescribable. I know, for it has happened to me. Every time I watch that video, I feel the Spirit inside of me. I feel such peace, joy, and hope that can only come through the spiritual witness of the Holy Ghost. This is not the end.

 

That is about all I can say regarding that. You’ve got Bishop Dad who can probably give more help than I! But remember, be strong and be an example of the believers. Fight on, don’t let Satan’s sting linger on. It is sad, but through Jesus we can have that hope. La fe trae la esperanza.

 

Love,

Your Elder Westin Laing