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

09 August 2011

White Nights are still here, but fall is coming to St Petersburg.

Well, I'm still in Shoovolovo, yes with Elder Loskutov. I liked to serve with him as he is a really good companion. I just didn't like that last area as much as others. People just were so rude there... I'm excited to be serving with Elder Loskutov in Shoovolovo! He is a hard worker and really happy, plus he speaks Russian perfectly. :) That's always a plus when serving with a Russian companion.

 
I did put holes in my shoes, yes.  No, I still have the other pair that I didn't wear quite as much that will last me...maybe, since in the winter we usually just were our big boots anyway. Yes, I can also buy those cushions for the new shoes. Thank you for the help! I appreciate it!

Elder Anthony went to go train in Petergof with a new Elder Pierce. He seems like a really nice guy. Will miss Elder Anthony though. He is a good friend! I would like to go to Petergof soon and see that city in the summer. All the cool stuff was covered with snow when I was there.

White Nights are still here, but they are changing really fast, along with the weather. Last week it was pretty warm, but this week it has cooled down a lot already.  Elder Anthony and I noticed that a few trees are already changing colors. Fall might be coming early this year in St. Petersburg.

I have had a letter letter for K. B. for a couple weeks now, but still haven't had time to send it. I will today, along with the letter that was sent back to me. Sorry. I just keep forgetting to go to the post office...

Speaking of post offices, I received your package...finally! Thanks for the Easter candy and all the enchilada mixes. I think it is funny that you sent so many right as soon as I'm serving with Elder Loskutov again. Maybe there will be another "What about Bob" incident. Ha ha. And Cherry Craisins~ I think are some form of manna or something! They are a lot better tasting than I remember. Thanks a bunch! Really!

Dacha is a little piece of land that people have outside of the city with maybe a little hut or small cottage on it, and a large garden where they grow lots of vegetables. We'll probably help Gregory with some weeding and he said that he'll make us "shashliki" (shishkabobs) MMMMMM!

Elder Shirbeana from Ukraine was the one who got punched last week, Mom. Elder Loskutov got punched multiple times last transfer, and an Elder from Oklahoma, Elder Brisolera got his finger kicked and broken a couple weeks ago. I got punched in the chest once in Pskov. Stuff like that happens a lot, but no one ever gets seriously hurt. The Lord protects His missionaries!

Thanks for everything that you guys do for me! I wouldn't be the same kind of person I am now without your examples and your support in my life. The Lord has a plan for who he wants us to be and sets us up in situations that we can learn the most in. If we make the right choices, we can learn and grow and become closer to Him. I want to just say thanks for being part of that environment were I could learn and grow and make correct choices. I love you all VERY MUCH!

Have fun and be safe!

Keep Smiling, Be of Good Cheer!
Love,
Blake

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