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 September 2011

Working hard!

Hello! Things are going well with me and Elder Loskutov! He says my Russian got way better in 2 transfers, and so did his English, so we don't really have problems understanding each other at all now! Ha ha. 

I know that Elder Andersen extended his mission. He's trying to get me to, but I already told him that I probably won't... To be honest, this morning I was thinking maybe about taking the early date... I'm just getting kind of tired again. I'm happy! Probably the happiest I have been on my mission... But I'm tired. Ha ha. At least I know I'm working hard then, right? 

 Still haven't had a chance to buy shoes. We had a busy week with a Zone Leader Council with President, and also a split with Elder Nelson and Elder John Sherman (a new missionary) and we tried to get a lot of meeting and help as many people as possible during the split. I was with Elder Sherman. He's a quiet guy, but he is really nice and he is tall like me,  about my height. Big kid. People look up to both of us... ha ha.

 Had fun helping Grisha at his Dacha. Afterwards he made us shashliki. Yum! Made me miss BBQ's at home. We already ate all the candy and granola bars you sent between me, Elders Anthony, Loskutov, Nelson, Way, and Tekulve. Made Enchiladas during the split and had a triple "What About Bob" moment from all Elders there. Ha ha! It was great. Today for P-day we are going to play soccer and help Elder Tekulve and his new comp elder Pace buy some Russian bibles since they don't know the city. We have to go to Vyborg next Tuesday for a Baptismal interview, so I'm excited about that. We'll do our split there, and I love Vyborg! Wish I could serve there again.
Can you send me my Priesthood line of Authority? It would be much appreciated.

We are slowly making progress with Erjo, our many investigator. He doesn't trust people very much ,and said he doesn't even trust God, but he now is praying and reading the Bible on his own. :) This week we went to many less active members houses and hlep them know that we haven't forgotten about them and that we want them to come back to church to learn about God more and help them. Right now I am studying planning and also the book of Jeremiah. That book is a classic example of how prophets MANY TIMES give us warning about what is to come and chances to repent, but people reject them and receive the consequences of their actions.

I sent your letter off today, along with a small one for KB that I  wrote a while ago. Sorry... It was a long time. I love you and miss you all! Gotta run. God lives! He loves us all. He is leading his church on the earth through is Prophets! Anyone who wants to know this for themselves can do what Christ said, and apply the teachings in their own life, and they will find out if they are from God.

Be of Good Cheer. Keep Smiling!
Love,
Blake

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