Beautiful Russia!

Beautiful Russia!

Our great friend, Roma made dinner for us!

Our great friend, Roma made dinner for us!

Elder Rasmussen is very excited to see real food!

Elder Rasmussen is very excited to see real food!

Companion and friend, Elder Jake Rasmussen

Companion and friend, Elder Jake Rasmussen

Trifecta's Last Time In Estonia

Trifecta's Last Time In Estonia

With my wonderful friend, Faik.

With my wonderful friend, Faik.

Sunrise, at One P.M.

Sunrise, at One P.M.

Petrozadovsk District

Petrozadovsk District

Lake at Petrozavodsk

Lake at Petrozavodsk

North Zone Conference Nov. 2011

North Zone Conference Nov. 2011

Thanksgiving Dinner 2011

Thanksgiving Dinner 2011

First Zone Conference with President Clark

First Zone Conference with President Clark

Neva River Fall 2011

Neva River Fall 2011

Visa trip, Oct 1st 2011

Visa trip, Oct 1st 2011

Oh my aching jaw...

Oh my aching jaw...

Hermitage Museum on P-day!

Hermitage Museum on P-day!

Me, Svetlana and Elder Loskutov

Me, Svetlana and Elder Loskutov

Birthday lunch with Kostya

Birthday lunch with Kostya

My friend, Grisha

My friend, Grisha

Service for Babushka

Service for Babushka

MTC Missionaries in Estonia

MTC Missionaries in Estonia

Waiting in Estonia...

Waiting in Estonia...

Visit from Elder Russell M. Nelson

Visit from Elder Russell M. Nelson

Elders Larsen and Anthony

Elders Larsen and Anthony

Our MTC teacher surprise visit!

Our MTC teacher surprise visit!

Podvodov family gave powerful talks!

Podvodov family gave powerful talks!
Pskov, Russia Branch

Vyborg Castle

Vyborg Castle

St Olaf's Castle Where We Do Service Work

St Olaf's Castle Where We Do Service Work

Beautiful Vyborg on the Sea of Finland

Beautiful Vyborg on the Sea of Finland

Vyborg

Vyborg

Misty day in Kaliningrad

Misty day in Kaliningrad

Kaliningrad District May 2010

Kaliningrad District May 2010

Russian MTC Group

Russian MTC Group

Russian MTC Zone at Provo Temple

Russian MTC Zone at Provo Temple

03 June 2010

Drennan's leaving for Utah

Hi Mum. Sounds like things are improving back home, slowly but surely. The Lord is blessing me, and I can handle anything you have to tell me. I have a feeling that you aren't saying everything that's happening at home?! How are Lee & Cole? Tell Lee to make me a cake and send it to Russia! I miss normal food! I'm getting better at cooking, but still not as good as food back home of course and the groceries here are hard to find. I found some normal milk that isn't as expensive as Finnish milk though. It's from Poland. Don't know why it would be cheaper? I expect to get the snail mail from you and Kiddo sometime in the middle of next transfer. I'll find out on Monday if I'm staying here in K-grad or if I'm transfering. I bet I'm transfering. If I do transfer, then my next P-day will be in a new area and I will let you know where I am, alright? They usually send new missionaries to new places for their first couple transfers. It's been pretty good here in Kaliningrad, and I wouldn't mind staying!! Me and Elder Poulson get along pretty well. He is a nice guy, a really good guy and he makes friends with all the members really easily. He is really good at Russian! We're just starting to get a couple people who are actually interested in the church and progressing in the lessons, so If I stay, I won't be disappointed at all! Today the Drennans, the senior couple in our district, left for China for a week to visit their daughter who lives there and then they are coming home to Salt Lake after that. They are really nice and have been like our grandparents here in Kaliningrad. I'll miss talking to them! I gave them your email to get in contact with you because I thought you'd like to meet someone from my mission. Very, very nice people! It's felt way hot here in Kaliningrad. It's about 80 degrees here, but the humidity is a monster! I'm used to dry Utah weather. Whoo!! It's been a pretty busy week meeting with lots of members to try to get more help from them to find people, put that on top of service and stuff we did this week and our normal meetings with Roma and Youlia ( that lady we met on the street and is really interested in the church. She comes to every activity and asks us lots of questions. She even brings her friend Poulina). Pretty busy week, but it's gone by pretty fast. Russian is still way hard! I'm slowly learning the language with the help of prayer and mercies from the Lord. Sometimes I have no idea how i was able to convey my message to people or understand what people were saying to me, because I'm terrible at Russian still. I'll learn this language with the Lord's help but that's the only way I will! People are surprised how I speak only being here a month, but it's not me that's doing it. The Lord is blessing me with the gift of tongues when I need it. I'll be happy if I know this language by the time my mission is over. Ha ha! I just study all day and my brain is so tired at night. I'll do my part and the Lord will do His, according to my faith in Him. Can you do me a favor ? I want to get Nate Reidheads address for his mission in England. Can you ask him for it. Or you can ask Liz. She'd have it. I just want to write him letter. He goes there soon. Also please remember to send some recipes! Snail mail will be sent within the next week or two. Love you all! Make sure everyone is told that and they remember that. I mean it!! Give Kiddo a big hug from me. Millie-girl and Forest too. Love, Blake aka THE Elder Larsen ;)

2 comments:

  1. Friends who are following Elder Blake's blog, PLEASE post a comment/message when you stop here to read the blog, so I can relay it back to him weekly in our family email! He is really needing to hear from you all!

    Love you guys! Tammy

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  2. Tammy: YOU DID IT! Nice blog. :) Elder Larsen: Keep believing in the gift of tongues. The Lord will always give you what you need to do His work. I'm looking forward to following your adventures!! Thanks for being a good companion to Elder Andersen in the MTC! We will keep you in our prayers.

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