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

15 July 2010

Missing my Millie dog.

Hello! Sorry about last week. I wasn't even able to read the email you sent last week until this week. It came while I only had about a minute left, and the way the internet works is I pay for how long I will use and then it shuts down. We usually email pretty early in the morning there. Last week we emailed a little earlier so we could go on a hike to a lake with one of our investigators. Sorry for all the drama. Ha ha. Well, it sounds like things are about the same as they were before. I continue to pray for you all that everything will be good. Everything will be okay. It always does somehow. You should send me Millie! I miss my puppy. There is this dog at the Botanical Gardens where we do service named Lada who is my pal. She follows me around everywhere and reminds me of Millie, even though she is a husky/german shephard mix. Millie would be jealous because I always have to give Lada a good rub behind the ears before I go. I'm going through withdrawals from my dog!! This last week I went on a two day split, one day with Elder Anthony, one day with Elder Tollstikh. Elder Tollstickh doesn't speak very much English, and my Russian is still very bad, but we somehow knew what the other was saying and taught each other alot. I think if I get transfered next week, I want to be with a Russian companion. It would help me alot with the language. I'm getting better slowly and slowly, but I really wish it was faster. Elder Anthony said that I'm better than he was at the 2nd transfer, and he understands everyone pretty good, so I'm not too worried. I'll get it & The Lord will help me. Elder Anthony is a really good guy! His personality is just like my friends were at home, Reidhead, Booth, BP etc... He's the only one out of his friends that is a member in Washington, and he has a really strong testimony. Good example for me! I laughed alot with him. Dang it, I wanted Netherlands to win the World Cup! Spain wins too often. Oh well. :) I bet mom is feeling lots better now. It sounds like she is only improving, so I'm not too worried about things anymore. Stay healthy mom! You can do it! What was wrong with Lee? Did she ever get my letter? I haven't really heard from her since I've come on my mission... I want to hear more about Lee and Cole. What are they doing? How's Kiddo? Tell her Uncle Blakey sends her a big hug! The girls are coming over? That's pretty cool. Ha ha. Are you sure they aren't just coming over to eat the cake, not make it? ;) ha ha! Tell them all hi from me! I've barely heard from any of them, but I understand....it's hard. Well, only have a couple minutes left. Just wanted to tell that I love you and miss you all! Stay close to the Lord. The Lord is with us, who can be against us? Remember when you look back and only see one pair of footsteps, it wasn't that the Lord left you, he carried through your trials. Love you miss you!! Blake

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