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Hi I'm Laird Stinson

I'm a Mormon. It has been the greatest blessing in my life!

About Me

I met and married a wonderful women in the temple. We have 6 children and 14 great grand children. In the temple couples are married for time and eternity. I could not think of anything that could bring any greater joy than to be with my wife and children for the eternities. I am a sportsman and enjoy outdoor activities. Hunting, snowmobiling, ATV riding, and camping. I enjoy people and love to share my feelings about life. I have had cancer and am in remission. The Atonement of Jesus Christ has been a great resource in my journey here in life.  

Why I am a Mormon

Why I am a Mormon Well it all started when I was in 14 years old. My parents were respected and responsible people in our community in Wilton Maine. I had three brothers, two older and one younger. We attended a Christian church in that little town. We went to services on Sunday and to Sunday school on a weekday in the evening. One day in the spring of 1969 a couple of missionaries by the names of Elders Ames and Elder Talbot from Utah came to our home. My parents had the presence of mind to let them in. I cannot remember a lot of what they taught but I can remember a lot about how they made me feel. I remember them teaching us some discussions and one day they challenged us to pray about those things they had been teaching us to see how we felt about them. I distinctively remember getting an overwhelming feeling that the Book of Mormon was true and that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. I immediately questioned myself. I knew nothing about this religion and yet I felt it was true! The elder missionaries told me it was the Holy Ghost testifying to me that the things they taught us was true. We attended church for the first time in the basement of old North Church in Farmington Maine. It was in very humble circumstances. The town had condemned the upper floors because of the condition of the building. Fred Lawler was the branch President there and he conducted the meeting, blessed and passed the sacrament, and gave the talks of the day. Again I questioned myself. What are you doing! This is quite a contrast to our nice comfortable church in Wilton which on Sunday’s we were ushered into our nice pews! Again I received an overwhelming feeling that this was where I needed to be. A little while later my younger brother, myself, and parents were baptized members of “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints”. We moved our services to an old two room school house that we rented. We built a platform where our leaders sat and conducted meetings. I can remember big Jack Palmer our branch president of that little branch. He was a big man with a big testimony. I often remember him bearing it. He was not ashamed of it and bore it to all. The sacrament table was up there as well. It was there the sacrament was administered and passed to the congregation. I later received the Aaronic Priesthood and was able to pass it and later bless it. That following Christmas my brothers came home for Christmas break and had an announcement to make. They both had run into different sets of missionaries at their colleges and had become members of the same church! After high school and college I got a job in Westbrook Maine. I got an apartment in Portland Maine and found out I needed to attend church in the Portland Ward which was located in Cape Elisabeth Maine. Bishop Owen Garner was my bishop. He was a great man who also was a great role model. I got taken under a young elders quorum presidents wing when I showed up to church. His name was Paul Peterson. He gave me a calling and responsibility. I remember him inviting me over to his house and training me. His wife Nancy and him looked after me and loved them for it. One Saturday I went to a single adult outing at Reed State Park and met a girl of my dreams. I got permission to go to her home in Brewer Maine sometime the next week and married her 6 months later. Thirty six year plus later she still is my bride. I love her with all my heart. We got sealed in the temple a year later and raised 6 children. We have 14 grandchildren and counting. I daily reflect many times on where I might be if it had not been for the two young elders from Utah when I was fourteen years old! What if they had not left their home and served a mission as 19 year old inexperienced boys. One such reflection of today happened a little while ago. Our youngest daughter who is going to school out west called and just finished her interview to be married in the Boston temple in May. Our faith is embedded intrinsically into our beings. To think was two young missionary’s means to me now is overwhelming! There are a lot of people to thank that were in my path in many of the cross roads of my life. I tell people not of our faith that this earthly life has been a great ride. I know that I am a child of God and he lives. I know he loves us as I do my earthly family. He like the good Sheppard knows us by name and is always there for us when we call. I know Jesus Christ lives and is our brother. I am grateful of the atonement of Jesus. He overcame death for all and made it possible for us to return to live with him again.Earthlife is a school in which we gain the knowledge, education, and experiences that will bring closer to God and at peace with oneself. Our heavenly father plan explains where we can from, why we are on earth, and where we are going after death. The book of Mormon is true and Joseph Smith was and is a prophet of God. This is my solemn testimony in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

How I live my faith

I have been involved with youth programs nearly all of my adult life. I have been a Scoutmaster for 20+ years of that. I do not believe you can give too much time to the youth. I have been a bishop of a congregation 3 times and enjoy serving in any capacity.