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

27 April 2011

Enchiladas!

Dear Everyone,
Things are going alright here in Pskov. Can't really complain much, so that is a good thing. This last week was kind of a bummer though, as we did a lot of contacting since investigators didn't show up on meetings, wouldn't answer their phone, or flat our said, "Don't want to meet." We are concentrating on former investigators and potential investigators, as we don't have very many investigators altogether to teach.  We are really excited about a referal we got from Elder Haddock. There is a grandma~Babushka who lives about an hour away from Pskov (yep... have to travel more) who wants to hear the lessons! We are meeting with her Tuesday, so hope that goes well. Alexander and Olga have been traveling a lot for work, as he is a Colonel and so we haven't been able to meet with them for quite a while. He still came to Sacrament between trips, so we were excited for that. Good people. 

Another highlight of the week was I found an enchilada packet in the apartment. Elder Loskutov had never had them before, so I made enchiladas. They were the best thing I've eaten on my mission. I miss Mexican food! Elder Loskutov LOVED them. You know that funny scene in the movie "What About Bob" when he eats the corn on the cob...Yeah, it was like that. Ha ha!

I really liked General Conference. I tried to apply all the talks to a missionary setting right now, and it really helped me. I liked Elder Richard G. Scotts talk, even though it was about marriage, because it helped me understand the importance of SHOWING people you love them. I pondered this with baptism, and I started to better understand that the Lord wants us to SHOW our faith. Not just believe. It's time for people to show the Lord they love Him, including members of the church. Also loved Elder Uchtdorf's talks of course. His talks are always my favorite.

Funny you talked about buying a new cherry tree, because the other day I REALLY WANTED a cherry pie! Pies here in Russia are more like a loaf of bread with a little fruit in the middle... Not what I call pies. They are still pretty good though. My last cherry pie was the one that you sent to me in the MTC.

We were in Novgorod, for District splits and I was with Elder Gillete this time. I decided I'd like to serve there, but that means I might have to be Branch President, like Elder Ilin. Not in any way aspiring to that, but if it works out that way, then I will of course. It is a cool area. 

Sorry that you're sick again, Lee! I will keep you in my prayers to feel better! Just isn't fun at all to be sick.

That's great to hear about Chris!!!! Chile!!! That's were Booth is serving! He'll be on the other side of the world! When does he go in to the MTC?  Joe is going to Orlando? That's were Elder Berven is from. Cool beans! I have no idea who this Kramer fellow is that married Amy.

Elder Loskutov is a good companion. He has some quirks about him that I don't understand, as the culture barrier is still sometimes there. Russians just do things differently than Americans. That isn't a bad thing, just I have to get use to it still. He is a really happy companion though! He has a personality kind of like BP. How is he doing? I haven't heard from him by letter at all on my mission, and don't know if he has gotten my letters... Kelsey said that she has been talking with him in emails a little though. Tell her to tell him Hi and I'm rooting for him from me!

Transfers are in May, so we will talk to you before the transfer ends. Is Mother's Day on the 8th or the 1st? When do you have church now so I can call before you go to church?

Well, I gotta write a letter to President now. Thanks to everyone back home! I LOVE YOU GUYS!!! I know the Lord loves you too, more than we can understand.

Be of Good Cheer. Keep Smiling!

Love,
Blake

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