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Hi I'm Mike Laughman

I'm a Mormon. I was an atheist until I was 26 years old.

About Me

Disliking life in the big city, we moved to Oregon, got out a shovel and started digging the foundation of a house. We raised 5 children in the woods who all love life. My wonderful wife bore all children at home, and home schooled them to the level that most of them started college at age 14. We are now empty nesters and enjoying life in this beautiful country. We love to ride horses in the wilderness, or float the Rogue River and gardening. I have a copy/print shop here in Southern Oregon.

Why I am a Mormon

As an atheist, I used to ask my faithful Methodist Grandma questions about God that she could not answer. I was forced to attend church occasionally, but disliked it. My parents taught no religion in the home, no scripture reading or prayers. When I married, my wife joined the LDS church and I thought our marriage was finished. 2 years later, we became friends with several families we enjoyed doing things with, and we talked of religion occasionally. The missionaries started coming over weekly, and I wearied them with my questions. I was startled to get answers to everything I wanted to know. After 6 months of this they were teaching me the principle of tithing. He said that if I would test this principle, he promised me that the Lord would pour out a blessing so great that I would not be able to believe it. I stated that 10% was too much to ask. One said that if I paid one half of my tithing, I promise you in the name of Jesus Christ that you will receive one half a blessing. They left. I decided to test the Lord, but tested Him with the whole enchilada and paid a full 10%, $100 at that time (1979). That was a Sarturday, and I went to work Monday and the boss handed me an envelope. I asked him what it was, and he said that I has been doing good work lately. It was a bonus check for $1,000. I asked when he decided to do this and he responded. I determined that he received the impression the same minute that I deposited the tithing check in the mailbox on Saturday. For ten years, we had never received a bonus except on Christmas, and we have never ever been paid on any day but Friday. I sincerely believe that the Lord allowed me to receive enough evidence to begin to exercise faith in Him. I was baptised and received the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands from priesthood authority. Now the real learning began. My eyes and mind were opened and my soul was being filled. I have a thirst for gospel knowledge that has never subsided.

How I live my faith

I love serving people. You love who you serve. I have served as Cubmaster, Webelos Leader, Home Teacher, Elders Quorum Instructor, Kids teacher, youth teacher, Bishop, Counselors to the Bishop and Elders quorum president, Investigator class teacher, seminary teacher, Temple Preparation teacher, Family and marriage relations teacher - and the list goes on. I just love to serve the Lord, and have felt His guiding Spirit through it all. Daily prayer starts my day, and evening prayer finishes it, grateful for all good things in my life.