Archive for September, 2014

Marionberry Pie–Yum!

On Saturday I got to do a temple session with a member I had been working with in my old area and had been teaching on Facebook. It was really awesome! I was really so proud just to see him in the temple.

I had the best dessert last night! It was homemade ūüėČ Marionberry pie with blackberry and vanilla ice cream.., oh my goodness.. I fell in love. Oregon food is sweet. I had two plates of it. I’m a fat kid haha.

The biggest changes I see on my on my mission are these: One is my view on the Gospel. The Gospel is simple. We obey God we get blessings. We go through trials not because God loves us, but He wants to help us grow, He knows our potential. I guess more of an eternal perspective. I was in the celestial room praying and I received a comforting answer sort of like, “Look up. Look around. All this glory will be added to you if you are firm and endure to the end. Worry not too much about earthly things because they will pass. But this, is forever.” And that’s my goal at the end of the day. To be united with my family in the celestial kingdom in a state of never ending happiness. A happiness we cannot even imagine. And I’m not perfect. I am far far far from it. But that’s why I love this Gospel and the Atonement. God loves us so much He sent His Son to die for us, ¬†and to suffer for us so that when we fall short He can pick us up. Out of all the power and glory and majesty our Father and Christ have, Their work is to help us return to Them and become like Them. It’s a Gospel of pure love. I’ve also learned to work hard even when I don’t want to.

I love you so much.

Elder Laing


New Area!

I am in a new area. ¬†It’s also pretty hard work here too. We’ve done a lot of knocking and finding. ¬† Our group leader is really awesome and a big help for us though! He served his mission in Peru and knows a lot of the Hispanics we teach. It’s slow, but it’s how Butch¬†Jones is doing it! #BrickByBrick.¬†¬†I met this lady today who both of her sons graduated from UT and she knows Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. I told her when I get back from my mission, I’m going to go up there for a week to just stay there haha, she said she didn’t blame me! My scripture study is going well. The first thing I study is almost always a chapter of the Book of Mormon in Spanish. I want to read through it all in Spanish. I’m in Alma 34 I think now. All about Alma and his bros going to teach the apostate Zoramites. Good stuff! And in English Book of Mormon, I’m reading through again and I’m just out of the Isaiah chapters in 2 Nephi where Nephi lays down some really good chapters about Christ, false churches, and the ever powerful 2 Nephi 31 ( about the Gospel of Christ. Then I read a section or 2 in Preach My Gospel,¬†some old conference talks, and some New Testament if time permits. Pray for me… would you? I love you so much! ¬†Go Vols! ¬†(I still sport my orange ties in Oregon!)

Orange Pic



I’ve got some inspirational things I like to post on facebook. Here are some:

 The Gospel of Jesus Christ is like a delicious pie! It tastes amazing, but it is even better shared with your friends, family, or complete strangers! So take the time to share with someone this wonderful Gospel, or invite them to church! You could even have them over for pie afterwards!

El Evangelio de Jesucristo es como un delicioso pastel! Su sabor es incre√≠ble, pero es a√ļn mejor cuando es mejor compartido con amigos, familiares o completos desconocidos! Pues, toma el tiempo para compartir este maravilloso Evangelio con alguien, o invitarlos a la iglesia! Y despu√©s, invitarlos a comer pastel!


Our Heavenly Father feels the same! All He asks of us is to do the best we can to follow His commandments! He loves us, and will always be there for us!

Nuestro Padre Celestial siente lo mismo! Todo lo que pide de nosotros es que hagamos lo mejor por seguir Sus mandamientos! El nos ama, y siempre estará allí para nosotros!