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

24 October 2011

We Build Personal Testimony Through Prayer and Our Relationship With God



President Clark called me and told me that he is doing everything he can to get me on a flight with Cody. I told him that I appreciate it a lot, as he didn't really have to and I just put another thing on his plate, and hsaid "Well, it's because we love you, Elder Larsen."and it made me feel really good. I'm grateful for President Clark! I'm super excited to be able to maybe fly in with Cody!



You say we are great kids, but you can't have great kids without great parents! Tell Kallie that I jumped with fright when I saw her Jason costume ha ha. Sorry to say, but your cards and letters haven't come yet... but I'll be looking for them! 

Well, last week we called lots of people and set up appointments, but almost all of them fell through... Our efforts weren't wasted though, as we found a former investigator named Ivan. He lost contact with the missionaries 2 years ago and has read almost all of the Book of Mormon and wants to hear all the lessons. He is young, about 25 maybe, and really is searching for the truth. He has some concerns about Joseph Smith and about if the Book of Mormon is really from God, and we talked a lot about prayer and personal revelation, that we can talk with our Heavenly Father about this and He will talk back. Same story at our lessons with an investigators named Nikolai and Alexander. Nikolai belongs to a different church and has problems accepting anything other than the Bible, and we talked a lot about it with him. At our meeting with Alexander, he has problems with faith and understanding how to search spiritually. His words, not mine.


Thinking back on this last week, I've realized just really how important gaining a PERSONAL testimony through prayer and building your relationship with God. Once you do this, YOU WILL KNOW without a shadow of a doubt that the Lord lives and that His scriptures on the earth today are true.

We had a cool experience on our way back home on Preparation day. We stopped to look at some paintings that they sell on Nevsky Prospekt and a lady came up and noticed our tags and started talking with us. She asked us many questions about prayer and talked with us for a while. This whole time a man was staring at us from across the square and I noticed him. The lady left after taking an invitation, and this man ran over to Elder Ash and I and said," Do you have a book? I want your book." I said I had a Book of Mormon, and this man said,"That's the one! I want your book. I've heard about it." We gave him the Book of Mormon and started talking with him, but unfortunately, he was working and his boss told him to go back and try to sell paintings and we weren't able to get his name or number. I think that is the first time on my mission someone has come up to me and asked me for the Book of Mormon. 

Our best and coolest investigator is still Dasha. She feels like a good friend already. We haven't been able to meet with her for a long time, but she makes sure that we give her a commitment everyday so she can learn and grow. She loves studying the scriptures and she comes to Sacrament meeting. She promised this week will work out, and we know some more people in the branch that we can invite to meet with her this week. We are seeing success, slowly, but surely in the Nevsky Branch. I've redone the areas in my district so we can more effective work as a district, and this week we plan on really getting involved with the branch members now that it will be a little easier/ more effective to work with them.


Elder Ash is doing great and helping me out a lot. I really enjoy serving with him.  Weird to think that this transfer is almost over... It just started. I'll be home before you know it. AHHH! Just realized Elders Nelson, Berven, Anthony, and others leave in 2 weeks! That's crazy!

Well, I've got to run! I love you all and miss you. Do me a favor and email BP will you? Let him know how I'm doing. He sent me an email today and says he comes home the 20th of December! Miss BP.

Keep Smiling- aka Grandpa C.! Be of Good Cheer!
Love,
Blake

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