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

01 May 2011

Nice Easter


Hello! It was a busy week here in Pskov!

Last P-day when we started to do missionary work, Elder Loskutov felt that we should go and talk with the mom of one of the missionaries from here. We went to their house and found out that she had never talked with the missionaries before. She was a nice lady and we got to know her and talked about her son on his mission in Samara. We testified that we know he was doing the work of the Lord, and she loved our visit.

Sunday was an Easter I will never forget... The talks that were given by Sister Elena and Brother Oleg were really good, but I will not forget it too because it was the first time that I conducted a sacrament meeting... The branch president had to travel somewhere, and I found that if the branch president isn't there, then it is up to the senior companion to conduct sacrament meeting. I will be conducting again on Sunday too, as he will be gone again next week. After sacrament we met with Sister Hilma, a little grandma~babushka that has a hard time getting to church, but treats the missionaries like her own grandchildren. Whenever I call her to see how she is doing she always says, "How is my Larsen doing?" ha ha.

I made banana bread for Nina, (the mom of the missionary) and then Elder Loskutov and Elder Gillete had a meeting with her on Monday again and I was on a split with another elder. It was hard to be on a split with him! He openly admits that he is lazy and doesn't want to work, and I tried to talk with him about it and ask him why he was here then and he didn't want to talk. I know he could be a great missionary if he tried, but he just doesn't try.

Wednesday we did service for Sister Hilma, cleaning out her garden. It hadn't been done in a while. You are all gardening at home, and I am too in Russia. The weather is pretty nice here. It's making me kind of trunky when it comes to sports back home. Perfect weather for running with Millie girl right now! 

Great day yesterday as we met with 2 former investigators. The first was Gennady. He's a photographer. Next is Ivan. He is really religious and at first wanted to Bible bash, but we wouldn't and we just talked with him about his beliefs and explained ours. I think that he was really surprised to talk with us.

Tell me how Meleea's results come back, which I know you will of course. Tell her good luck and to get feeling better. Sounds like KB is still the great helper she always was. ha ha.

I've included some more pictures, but don't have time to explain what they are. Pictures say a thousand words, though and I hope you like them. Sorry that the letter is so short. Gotta run.
Love you all. Keep Smiling. Don't worry, be happy!

Love,
Blake

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