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

18 September 2011

President Clark gave me a blessing.


No worries. I understand that you were just worrying about me, and that is why you emailed President Clark. He is a really good mission President. Honestly, I think I know President Clark a billion times better than Presidnet Podvodov already (even though I liked him alot) and it hasn't even been two months. President Clark is also a really good mission president. He told me that he changed the date already and he wants me to think it through, but there is no shame at all if I want to go home in January to see Meleea and everyone. I'm still thinking things through about what day I'm going home. I will let you know as soon as I figure it out, though. He also gave me a good blessing, and I didn't know that I needed it so badly until he had given me one, and I felt so much better.


This week was escpecially busy for us as we were getting ready for Zone Conference and trying to do missionary work at the same time. On friday the south zone leaders gave us a new investigator (he  is from one of the "...stan" countries... I forget), and we gave him a Book of Mormon. We didn't have time for a long meeting, as he was going to work, only 15 minutes or so, but we should be meeting with him today again. :)
Saturday we had service at a dacha for a lady in the ward whose husband is not a member. Elder Loskutov and I chopped wood and staked it, while the sisters helped to weed, and other  members helped to burn weeds and clean up. Afterwards they had a picnic and Sister Parker and I were able to talk with this lady's husband in English, as he is practicing. The sister's are working with him through the wife, and I think the service we did for him really helped to strengthen the relationship/friendship between each other. 


Monday was a good day with meeting with some less active members. I guess technically they are active now, since the last month they have been coming to church, but we still feel that it is necessary to meet with them and help them to build their testimony back up. One of them is Faik, and he is going strong. One of my favorite people! Tuesday we had a good meeting with a former investigator. Very nice guy. He knows the Bible well, and is very pleasant to talk with. He is very polite and trys to listen to us. He has MANY concerns about the Book of Mormon, but he wants us to keep meeting with him! We hope that we can invite the Holy Ghost with us to help him gain a testimony of the Book of Mormon. We also met with Grisha and talked about the story of Alma and Amulek, how they worked together to do missionary work.


And yesterday was Zone Confernce. My first one that we had to conduct and do training, so it was very different from all the other ones I've been on. Also the first one were most of it was English. I really enjoyed when we talked about the Doctrine of Christ. Through faith, we repent, make a covanant with God through baptism, endure to the end and receive eternal life.


In a nutshell, that was our week. I bought some Ecco's with the money that you sent. They are very practical. They should last a while, and they have a really hard sole, good for missionaries to walk for with. We were going to go to Petergof to see the fountains today with Elder Anthony, but plans got changed because he has to go into the office today. WE are probably just going to take it easy today. Relax and make some food.

I didn't hear that there was an earthquake in NY, but I'm glad to hear that Code is safe!


Well, I've got to run. Love you all back home! Thanks for the support and the love. Thanks for worrying about me. It shows you care! Just don't worry about me too much. ha ha. I've got the Lord with me, so I can do anything that comes my way.
Keep Smiling. Be of Good Cheer!
Love,
Blake

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