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

17 March 2011

Happy St. Paddy's Day!


Hello! It's been a busy week again, as it always is here on the mission.

Well, I didn't have time to tell you last week, but you would be proud of my handy work here, Mom and Dad. There is a grandma~Babushka here that missionaries have done service for a long time, but she has never really had the missionary lessons. Well, we went over there dressed in suits, not knowing that she had never had the lessons. She was surprised, but she listened to us and loved it. She then asked if we knew anyone who could do tilework, as she needed some done in her bathroom. I said I could, so 2 weeks ago I laid the tile, and last week I did the grouting for her, while we talked to her about the Gospel. She was very happy that we did that for her, and she is really interested in the gospel. She has alot of questions.  She gets confused really easily, and we had to repeat a lot of what we said, but it was good.

President came to the branch and his family spoke on Sunday. It was really great as we had a couple there who are investigating the Church, and they really liked it. President and Sister Podvodov helped us to fellowship them after the meeting too. President's sons, Daniel and Stefan gave better talks than even a lot of the members here, even the one's that have been in the church a long time. They were very good talks.

President told me that I probably will be in Pskov for 3 transfers, but I don't know if he was kidding with me or not... We will find out. Ha ha! 

Monday we met with Alexander and Olga (the couple that was there on Sunday) and invited them to be baptized. They both love the church, but they don't know if they have a testimony yet, so they said they would pray about it and continue to read the Book of Mormon and come to church. The branch president here, President Alexey was there and a really big help on the lesson.

That's really all that has happened that is new with me this week. We had a few people dog us on the lessons and didn't show up, or call and said that they couldn't meet or didn't want to anymore... But that's okay. Normal things. We're trying our best and that is all we can do! Like it says in D&C 124, we do all we can and things still don't work out as they were expected to, God still accepts your offering, and it is counted to you as if you did it.

My motto right now is Psalms 111: 5-7 "A good man sheweth favor and lendeth. He will guide his affairs with discretion. Surely he shall not be moved forever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance. He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord." I think that is what the world needs more than anything, including me. We just need to trust that the Lord knows what is going on, and that it is all part of His plan.

Oh, I just realized that I never sent anything to Liz or Kels for their birthdays! Can you wish them a HAPPY BIRTHDAY for me? I remembered them a while ago, but never got around to sending a letter... As usual. Ha ha.

THAT'S GREAT, Dad. I hope things works out. I'm not surprised in the least that Meleea won tickets to the Jazz game. She wins everything. Kallie should be getting a letter soon from me, hopefully.

Well I gotta run. I want to try to put some pictures on here, as my companion has a thing that can do it. We'll see if it works.

"Old Irish Blessing"~ May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face and rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand." 

Love you all. Keep Smiling! Be of Good Cheer! Fix your Heart! Trust in the Lord!

Love
Blake

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