Monday, June 30, 2014

When cars break down!

So this has been a week full of many different adventures. So on Tuesday we had our district meetings in Gainsville which is about 15 miles away. Nothing special just another meeting. So after it was over we were in the parking lot and i started the car no problem, pulled out of our spot and got to the end of the parking lot where it meets the road. Now is where it really gets fun. So we stopped, i looked to the left to check for cars then i hear beeping, look down to see basically all of my warning lights going off. Power steering, airbag, emergency break, check engine, traction control, fuel level, and everything else that you can possible imagine, and the engine shut off....
So I turn the key to off, then try to restart it...nothing. Try it a few more times, but with no success. So luckily we were with a bunch of other missionaries, and in a church parking lot. So I put it in neutral, we hop out and start pushing it back into the parking lot. Meanwhile we have the rest of elders and sisters looking at us with a confused look on their face. So we get it into a parking stall and we try to start it a couple more times, but with no success. So i jump on the phone with our car guy and tell him whats going on. He told us to get it towed to the nearest dealership to get it fixed. 
Luckily we had enough car knowledge to pull of the battery cable and put it back on to see if that did anything. Well it reset the computer so we were able to start it up. So as we were driving to the dealership, i thought to myself, If that happens again while i'm driving, were going to be in some serious trouble. We got back on the phone with our car guy as we are driving and he basically told us that what we were doing is endangering our lives as well as the lives of the other drivers. I knew it was a bad idea but i did it anyway.
We got to the dealership in one piece gratefully. So we go inside and we are talking to one of the guys at the service desk and he said that it will be a couple of days till they could look at it since they are so busy. We went out to our car and started talking to the sisters that came with us just in case we needed some help. They went and got us all cafe rio while we started figuring out what we were going to do. We get back on the phone and our car guy Elder Collins who said that he was going to make a few phone calls and call us back in 15 minutes. 
We got our cafe rio and the sisters had to leave so we were their in a dealership parking lot eating Cafe Rio waiting for a call back. Keep in mind that this is about 20 miles from Warrenton so were not in a very good position. About an hour goes by and we are pretty frustrated with the whole situation, so we figured that it had been long enough so we called Elder Collins back and he basically forgot all about us. He is a senior missionary so we think he forgot...annoying. He tried to get us a rental car, but since it wasn't a recall they wouldn't give us one. 
He told us to just leave our car their and go back to warrenton, and give him a call tomorrow to see if he got us a rental car. We had to call the second ward elders to come get us so we were sitting in manassas for a good 3 hours. Finally made it back to warrenton. 
The next day we went to the church to do our Facebook time and to make copies of the papers from the dealership to send to the office. We gave him a call and he had already forgotten all about our situation. No rental car for us. He told us to call our zone leaders and have them move one of the cars in our zone to us. I wouldnt have cared about not having a car, except for the fact that we have the biggest area. 
Anyways, we got a car so were all good for now. It is now monday and our car is still in the shop. 
So why do i tell you this big huge story? Well its a miracle in itself. So tuesday night when it broke down, we were planning on going about 15 miles away to marshal. We couldnt do that, so we needed a place to work that we could bike to. We got there, checked on an unknown in the ward, but with no success. So we decided to do some tracting. The second house that we knocked was an older lady probably in her mid 50's. She told us that she was going through a really rough time. She was getting away from a boyfriend that was physically abusive. 
Keep in mind we were going to be nowhere close to her house. 
We went on saturday and helped them move a chair, a bed and a couple of boxes. When we were at the house she was leaving she broke down and started sobbing. Her 80 year old mother was with us and she tried to comfort her. It was just a really bad situation. We loaded it all up in her moms truck and went back to her house. Her mom is 80 but moves around like she is still in her 30's. So we got it all in there and we were standing in the living room with them. They knew that it was the hand of god working to help them. She gave us both hugs....yeah...not really supposed to do that, but she was crying pretty much and we were fine with it. 
They offered us money and of course we refused. So when your car breaks down, dont think that it is all bad. God is putting you where you need to be to bless the lives of others. It is good to know that god trusts me enough to be an instrument in his hands.
Cars still in the shop, but thats ok. This week we went to one of our recent converts house 3 times helping him out with different stuff. Yesterday we get a call from him during dinner and we figure out that he is in the emergency room and he needs an escort to leave. We drive up there with brother crosland and brother duncan just in time to see him pulling out. We talked to him and told him that we would follow him home. As we were following him home he was going all over the lines. Made it home safe, we tried to talk to him, but he didnt want to. 
We went back to dinner and spent the rest of the night there. The duncans from ashburn came down and visited me. They brought me a 36 pack of dr pepper since they missed my b day. It was awesome to see them again. 
There is always more stuff i could say, but im getting tired of typing. Its been a hectic week. We will see how this next week goes!!!
I love you both!
Love your son, 

            Elder Laing

Monday, June 23, 2014

Beautiful Pictures of Warrenton Virginia

This is where Elder Laing is currently serving....Warrenton Virginia!

Ticks!!!! Ticks Everywhere!

So i had 3 ticks this week. Now i know what your thinking, but dont freak out. I got them out only a couple hours after they bit. I called sister Riggs and she told me that I could go on the antibiotic, or just watch it and see if anything happens. So i just decided to wait and see what happens. Who knows, maybe ill get da limes. But i highly highly doubt it. Dont worry, i will be fine.
So this morning we have already gone fishing. We went with one of our recent converts that we are working with. He is still trying to quit smoking so he can get the priesthood and go to the temple. He is an awesome guy. I am the only one who caught anything. It was about a 18 inch large mouth bass. It was fun. Just a stress relief from the life of a missionary.
Thats kinda funny that you guys had a bear up there. On this last saturday we almost hit a bear in our car. Just a small black bear, but still cool to see. There are tons of dear out here too. We were driving through some of the more rural parts of our area and i think we saw close to 15. So we have to go really slow so we dont hit any.
So we are still trying to find more people to teach. We just do a whole lot of member teaching, and also less active and recent converts. So thats all of the lessons that we teach. We teach very few investigator lessons sadly, but that will change eventually. We are still doing a lot of service. Eventually that will lead to something. Service is the key to the heart. So we were over at the hazels not to long ago, and she wanted to take us to some more historical sights so i think that those will be fun.
There has been a lot of rain here. When it decides to rain it isnt just a little bit, it is just a down pour. Its crazy how fast it will move in.
When you were talking about the girls being homesick, i was thinking back to my scout camps. On the week longs i dont think anybody was very homesick at all. And not a whole lot of tears either. It was just a party the whole time, and i am pretty sure that we drove the leaders nuts. Haha good times.
Other than that, i dont think that we have had anything super exciting happen. But most of the time it is exciting, i am just used to it by now.
I love you so much. Thanks for all you do!!!

Love Elder Laing

Monday, June 16, 2014

Arlington Cemetery and Air and Space Museum

Air and Space Museum
Washington DC

We have been pretty busy these past couple of weeks. Since  Elder Tolle was going home we had a bunch of departing missionary stuff and some other stuff we had to do which made us jam packed. Last monday as you know we went to arlington, and to the air and space museum. It was really cool. And yes we did get to see the changing of the gaurd. It was very calm and peaceful. We got to see them play taps, and it reminded me of grandpa powell.
It was pretty wierd to see him go. I could tell he was done after about a week into last transfer. But he is home now and everything has gotten back to normal for the most part. So i am the designated driver now so i drive every single day. It gets old after a while. I like being the passenger. But whatevs.
Elder Taylor has been out about 14 months. He is from a little town just outside of ogden. He is a cool dude, and i think we are going to get along really well. Im really looking forward to the next couple of months. 
We dont really have any plans for today. might go play some basket ball, but nothing set. We want to find a place to go mountain biking here, but we dont know if there are any spots.
We still dont have anyone we are teaching consistently. Got a few potentials that we will work with. There is a part member family that we are going to work with soon. He said that he is going to get baptized he just doesnt know when.
I dont think i need anything. I am running a little bit short on money. I dont know how, but i am. I still have my home card just in case.
I love you!
Elder Blake Laing

Arlington Cemetery
Washington DC

Monday, June 2, 2014

Denny's Pancakes!!

This week has been pretty good. We didn't have anything too exciting happen. We did find one new investigator. His wife and kids are members, but he doesn't want to get baptized till he knows its true. When we brought it up with him he said that he isn't baptized "yet" so thats a plus. Saturday we went to a baptism for one of elder tolles previous investigators. We didn't even get back to Warrenton till about 10;45 then we went to Denny's. It was fast sunday so we couldn't skip dinner. I got there unlimited pancakes, and ate 6. 

I was looking on my receipt and saw the general manager was Angel laing. So i have somebody that i need to meet now. On friday we had an elders conference. Basically all we talked about was the law of chastity. It was interesting. We all kind of expected it, but it was still awkward. Got to talk to Elder Mcdonald a little bit more. They go golfing on p-day. its been 9 months since i have been on a course. Im going to try to go next transfer. But i guess that he is doing good here in the states. 

Nothing else to interesting. Its hard when there is no one we are working with. 

Love Elder Laing

I still have a mtn dew every once in a while and Fishing on P-day!

Blake still loves a  Mtn. Dew

Fishing on P-day in Warrenton, Virginia