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

10 October 2010

Be Humble and Trust in the Lord

Hi! I'm back in Vyborg! This past week was a crazy week serving in the office. Mainly doing stuff like translating newsletter for Sister Luna, answering the phone, burning conference cd's, bringing in mail and shipments of Liahona's (we finally go the Liahona for LAST conference), etc. Lots of language study for words I didnt know. ha ha. I was with Elder Shraeder, from Iowa. He's REALLY smart with computers and I see why he is serving in the office. He's a really nice guy. Reminds me of Cody! I had two meetings at night this week with Elder Shraeder, one with a guy named Piyoter, who is a Baptist investigating the church, and one with Sister Sentenina who is the smiliest old lady's I have ever met. She loved a picture I have of me and Millie, where it looks like Millie is smiling and wanted a copy. Tell Dad thanks for his letter. I'm jealous of him hunting! And I loved the words of encouragement. Letters are my favorite here!! I read a couple of really cool articles while I was in the office this week. Have you ever read the King Follet Sermon of Joseph Smith Jr.? Very cool! I advise you to read it! Joseph Smith talked about our potential to become like God, the nature of God, how we are literally His children, etc. One of my favourite talks ever. (Ensign, October 1994) Also read a really good talk by Elder Dallin H. Oaks called "Strengths Can Lead to Our Downfall" ( I think...) I loved it because it talked about the importance of humility, and how Satan uses every aspect of our lives to try to work against us, both our strengths and our weaknesses, and that is why it is so important to be humble and trust in the Lord to help us. He talks about how people who maybe are over-zealous in one area of the church, and forget other doctrines of the church. It was given to students at BYU, but it was good to read as a missionary, because I think we sometimes have the same problem. Sometimes we get caught up on testifying and forget to listen to others, etc. Sorry... Don't really know what to report on this week... Transfers next week should be interesting. I don't want to leave Vyborg... I love the youth here! I admire them a lot and I know they are going to be amazing leaders of the church here someday, along with amazing missionaries. Vyborg is also a really beautiful place here in the fall. I know this church is true and that I am doing the right thing right now on my mission. I know the Lord has gone before me, and that he will bring others behind me to do the work here in Russia, and that even though maybe I don't see a lot of baptisms or mighty changes of heart, that I am planting seeds and helping to nourture and grow people's testimonies. I know that I have angels on my right hand and my left helping me always, and that we all have help from God in our lives, both members and non-members. God is no respector of persons and we should be the same. Love everyone that is around you! I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen. Love Blake!!!!

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