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

19 August 2010

Great F.H.E. this week!

Hello!!! Sounds like a party back home... Ha ha ha! What did Kelsey and Liz do when they tried the bread... Ha ha ha. That's kind of weird to think my friends have been at my house more than I have the last 6 months... You've only gotten two letters?... That's weird. I've sent the same amount of letters to all three of you... Must have gotten lost in the mail... Bleen. Well crazy week this last week. On Saturday we were at the church with one of the families of the church here when it started raining really hard and two people came running in. One of them was an older man named Boris that had investigated the church years ago and just remembered how nice the church was, so he came running in. The other was a lady that was completely drunk off wine and was crazy. She said she wanted help to quit drinking, then she said she wanted to kiss Elder Haggard... Then she tried to bow down to us and grab our hands. She was the most drunk lady I've ever seen! Needless to say we had Brother Dmitriov call a Taxi while we lead her out of the church with the help of Boris. We started talking to him and invited him to family home evening. He is a really nice guy and came to it the next day! The youth and ward mission leader really helped to fellowship him, and the youth all brought friends to FHE! It was amazing to see the branch here help out so much. That is rare for Russia... We pet a camel!!! The circus is in town here in Vyborg, and a teenager was leading a camel around! I got a picture. Ha ha. Never thought that I would see that in Russia. This last week we had splits with the Zone Leaders, Elders McCleary and Nielson. They are great guys. I think I already told you about them... They brought letters!!! I heard from Grandma and Grandpa, Cody, Nate Booth, Steph, and Richmond!!! They were all dated a month or longer ago... But still great to get them. Something about a handwritten letter is better than one on the computer. I want to know how it took just as long to get a letter from Chiloe, Chile, where Booth is right now, than it took to get a letter from New York... Oh well. I"m not going to complain. ha ha! Cool that you heard from Melanie Gerard and Igor! Igor is a really nice, funny guy! His son just went to the MTC. I gave that Called to Serve CD to Elder Hasbiullian in the MTC... Sorry! Thanks for sending me the CD's though. Elder Andersen has a cord that connects his camera to the computer... Or maybe he sent home his memory card? He's already sent home a bunch of stuff... Haha. I expect to hear from Kallie Brooke soon :) I don't think I need any dress shirts or things like that. Clothes are expensive here. I don't know why... Jeans that you could buy in America for 15 or so are like 60 dollars here... Well, my time is about up. Tell a big thank you to everyone back home!!! I never realized how great I had it back home with my wonderful friends and family until I was taken away from them. Phillippians 1:2-5 is how I would describe you all back home! I'm meeting so many people here and making some great friends... I swear I knew some of the people I meet here before this life. I truly am working among my friends right now. Oops, gotta jet. Lates! Blake

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