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 April 2011

God loves us and He is always with us.


Hello! Well today is P-day, but there is not a lot to annouce this week, as about half of it was in a car or bus... Last P-day we left for Peter about 5 and got there at 10:30, had to get up at 3:45 so we could all take showers and be on the street by 4:30 to go to Estonia. 3 hours to Estonia, then we were there for 8 hours just walking around and talking with people, eating at a strudel store (which was really good by the way) and a Turkish restaurant were we had Kebabs. The cool part of the day was we met someone who knows the missionaries and is investigating the church there in Estonia and talked with him for a long time. Saturday we traveled back to Pskov, had time to clean the church and have a meeting with some members. Zone leaders came down Monday night and are very jealous of our apartment. Ha ha. They liked it a lot.

Tuesday I was on a split with Elder Beck until District Meeting where I taught about the importance of baptism as a Covenant with God, to serve Him because we love Him. We then had a quick lunch, contacted a bit, and left for Peter. Wednesday was Zone Conference, were we talked a lot about helping people understand that God is our loving Heavenly Father, and also what it means to Endure to the End. Elder Luna and Sister Luna gave good testimonies and I really felt the Spirit. This is their last Zone Conference. Sad and kind of weird... We then ran and caught a bus to Pskov and got home at about 11:30 last night... Whew! That was our week!

Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, Dad! I knew you would. One day when I was praying about that, I felt really calm and knew that you would! Prayer works. :)

Thank you very, very much for the package! I did get it and it was great! Especially the pictures and the book that you did from Shutterfly. I love it! That's exactly what I wanted.

Yes, Dad I think that I got the second wind again, and last transfer was probably the wall, which is why you and Mom thought I was down. I was just climbing the wall. I like what you said in your email:  "Rely on Heavenly Father, he has not sent you to Russia to fail." as I read today in Alma 56 about the Sons of Helaman and how they said ,"...behold, our God is with us, and he will not suffer that we should fall; then let us go forth..." when they were asked if they would be willing to fight the Lamanites to help their brethren. And they fought with the Strength of God and none were lost. That's amazing! And we all have that potential. We are Sons and Daughters of God.

Well I gotta run. I want to write some words of encouragement to Cody. He said that he just got my letter I sent him a few weeks ago, but I want to tell him a bit more.

Talk to you later! Remember God loves you and that He is always with us.
Love,
Blake

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