I started this blog to help people learn the truth about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, otherwise known as the Mormons. There are a lot of differing opinions
online about Mormons and a large number of them are misrepresentative, twisted, or just plain false. The “anti-Mormonism” movement, if you want to call it that, while really baffling and disrespectful/hurtful in a lot of ways, is also fairly pervasive. Much of what you find online falls into this category and most of it isn’t correct. It does damage every day to the faith and interest-levels of good people sincerely seeking answers in their lives and in the goodness they see in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
As Mormons, we believe those answers exist—things like where did we come from, why are we here, where are we going, and how do we have more peace, joy, and purpose in our lives. We know that millions of people all over the world are searching for those answers even as we speak. And we believe we have them.
My name is Patrick Laing. I’m 49 years old, a Mormon, and have experienced life both in and out of the Mormon Church. I’m a life-long member but also a convert to the Church, an active participant, and I really love the Church and everything it stands for. I served a full-time two-year mission for the Church in Rome, Italy (Naples, Pescara, Ravenna, Cagliari, and Avellino, Italy—all part of the Italy Rome Mission). I also taught at the MTC (the Church’s Missionary Training Center) for three years in Provo, Utah. Over the past many, many years I have taught classes ranging from Gospel Principles to Gospel Doctrine to Temple Preparation classes, all as part of my volunteer efforts at church.
I’m very familiar with the beliefs of the Mormon Church, our canon of scripture (The Bible, The Book of Mormon, etc.), and have had many a doctrinal discussion with many a person. In short, I feel like I understand Mormonism as well or better than most and have a very strong testimony thereof; I also have a knack for explaining things I think for and answering questions in a way that helps people out. I feel that I can discuss and debate the message of the Church with just about anyone (though I tend to shy away from any sort of quarrel or negativity, and I don’t want this forum to be contentious or focused on “who’s right or wrong”; there’s plenty of that cacophony elsewhere if you want to find it. Me? I find it pretty exhausting….).
As it stands, The Mormon Church and our way of life is something that a lot of people are intrigued by and attracted to. Many sincerely want to know more about us and what we believe, ofttimes because they too want the peace and joy they see in the lives of so many of our members. Others are interested in us insincerely because they want to bash our faith for whatever reason (we all know that good in the world has almost always met with opposition; it’s been that way since the beginning of time). For both reasons, and for others I’m sure, Mormonism has always been intriguing to many around the world.
Personally, I started my blog to try to help “clarify the message,” if you will, and give those sincerely searching for answers a believer’s perspective … an insider’s viewpoint … of the “Mormon Experience” and what we really think, do and feel. The Church and all it stands for is helping millions all over the world find greater, lasting happiness … and hope. But why is that? This blog seeks to answer that question and others.
Unfortunately, there are a few folks out there who just couldn’t cut it in the Church, who have decided it took too much work or they couldn’t live up to the standards we try to live by or who maybe got offended or upset for one reason or another. Some of these have chosen to contend against the Church. Others have just drifted away and are more silent in their struggles and regrets. A few out there are ignorant or just plain mean and they go to a lot of effort to tear us down, even though to do so isn’t Christlike, fair/right, or very mature at all. There are others who are just struggling, as I said, and maybe questioning their belief or working through a crisis of faith or a personal turmoil for whatever reason that might be. It happens; it’s okay. It happens to the best of us … but know you’re not alone in your journey. This blog is for you as well. Most of—all of us, I believe—need a little support and encouragement at times in our lives.
In short, whether you’re searching for the truth about us, maybe you’re looking for answers because you’re feeling confused or concerned or downtrodden by something misrepresentative you’ve seen online or been told by others, or if you’re sincerely trying to wade through all the “noise” and “tumult” that muddies the truth, this blog can hopefully help. Ultimately, I just thought that I could do my part to share what Mormons really believe, and why. I hope that this blog can help accomplish that. I hope that it helps you, wherever you’re at.
I also hope you’ll keep reading and come back often. Please do! I try to post DAILY so, especially in time, there should be a lot of good content to choose from. Some of it I’ll write. Other posts I’ll just “curate.” Consider this a collection of “All Things Mormon”—the people, perspectives, beliefs … the works. I hope it means as much to you in time as it does to me, but, either way … I do hope it answers a few questions you might have.
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Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you back again soon.
Patrick Laing – TheDailyMormon.com – Portland, Oregon USA