Like all Latter-day Saint missionaries, Laing will serve without pay from the church. His financial support will come from funds he and his parents have saved for that purpose.
Laing said he looks forward to sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with the people of Portland.
“I feel excited and nervous at the same time,” he said. “The Lord has blessed me with so much and I want to share that with those that I teach.”
He joins thousands of other Latter-day Saint missionaries, who are serving in locations in North and South America, Africa, Asia and Europe.
They do not choose their area of labor, but go where they are called by the Church.
Before traveling to the Portland mission, Laing will spend six weeks undergoing intense training in the Spanish language at the Missionary Training Center in Mexico City, Mexico.
A 2012 graduate of Cleveland High School, Laing attended one year at the University of Tennessee, where he was on the dean’s list. He plans to resume his studies upon the completion of his missionary service.
Laing is the son of Drs. Craig and Leneda Laing of Athens.