Monday, January 27, 2014

Ripped Pants!

Hi Everyone, 
Saturday we went to best buy, my companion wanted to buy a mp3 player. Ya it feels weird that another week has already passed. The weeks are hard. We do still go out in the cold, but it really is no fun. We do a little bit of tracting, but not a whole ton. We have a couple of investigators still. We sill have the Pentacostal  family who we went to church with. The reason we did that is so that hopefully it is sort of a trade off. And now they will come to our church.

We still have the  family from Peru. They were actually supposed to be at church on Sunday, but didnt show up. The dad works on Sundays, and the rest of them dont speak great english. We might end up giving them to the spanish elders to take over for us. 

Warren missed his baptismal date again. We havent really been in contact with him too much. He is so hard to catch at his house, and he doesnt answer his phone. We are going to continue to work with him, but at this point it will probably be after i leave that he will be baptized. 

Im glad that chase has the opportunity to be a leader in the quorum. It will be good for him to have to set the example and not just be the crazy one all the time. I loved klondike. Just a good opportunity for him to freeze his butt off!

This weekend has been pretty exciting. We had a mission conference where Elder S. Gifford Neilson of the seventy talk to us. He is one of the people that spoke in conference. That was really fun. When i was the i got to talk to talk to my really good friend, Elder Harper who was the 24 year old who came out with me. We got talking and i figured out that my companion from the mtc, went home. 
Seems like there is a ton of people going home. When i was talking to him he said that he has looked at plane tickets because he is so stressed out. I told him to just hold on. Chances are he will be getting transfered when i do. I hope he stays!!

Crazy to think of all the people coming home on time now. Seems like just yesterday that they left. There are a lot of people out here that i have connections to. There is an elder out here who was in Brandons graduating class, and also a whole bunch from vernal. Weird stuff. 

Havent heard from spencer or tyson recently, i sent them both an email so hopefully i will get something this week. Sounds like a really fun weekend. Have fun. Just do something crazy and different. I figured out that the thing that i miss most from home is my freedom. So i tell people to enjoy it now :)  I guess it will just be that much better when i get home. 

On friday before our lesson, we stopped by roy and brennas house, and roy was over getting the mail. So we walked over there and he was holding a snow skate. So of course i had to try it. So i was doing it a bunch and it was tons of fun. Only crashed a couple of times. So when we were sitting in our lesson i realized that i had ripped my pants from the bottom of my zipper to about halfway up my behind. So that was really embarrassing, and not to mention that we walked all over a store right before our lesson, and i had ripped pants. So thats my excitement for the week!!!  

Love you all, thanks for your support. I will let you know if i get transferred!!!

Love your son,

Elder Laing

Monday, January 13, 2014

Update on Elder Laing!

Update on Elder Laing:

     Blake and I were able to catch each other online this morning and were able to e-mail each other back and forth, which is so much fun, but then i don't get a letter. But I wanted to give you all an update on how he is doing. He is still serving in Ashburn, VA. His Companion is Elder Hinton from Gilbert Arizona. He really likes him and says that they get along great! Elder Hinton has only been out a month longer than Blake. They are still doing a lot of trackting and finding little success. It has been a little discouraging for them, but they are keeping their heads up!
     They have had one baptismal date for   ......, (Blake told me today that they had been asked not to use real names of their investigators in blogs, so per his request I will not). They require  that investigators attend church 3 times before they are baptized. .........has accepted the invitation to be baptized, but has had a hard time coming to Church. Once again he wasn't there on Sunday after he told the Elders that he would be. So his baptismal date will be put off again.
     They are actually teaching a family of six from Peru also.  They taught them the first lesson and will be teaching them the second lesson on Friday. Mom and Dad and four boys.
We keep praying for all of his investigators and for Blake and his companion to find some success in the area they are serving in. I'm sure that he would appreciate your prayers also!
     Blake's companion cut his head and had to get 3 staples put in it, so they are going to have to take it easy this week per Dr.'s orders. Blake is really loving his mission. He said that he takes it one day at a time, and is glad that he is their serving our Father in Heaven. He wouldn't be able to do it without his help.  Blake would love to receive letters from any of you! His e-mail address is

P-Day in Washington DC

Elder Laing was able to go to Washington DC for P-Day last Monday. He said that after this picture was taken that his camera batteries died, and he wasn't able to take any more pictures. 

Photo: Spent the day taking the Ashburn Ward missionaries on a tour of Washington DC. These hard working missionaries were able to get a second discussion appointment from President Lincoln.