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

14 November 2011

Obedience is the First Law of Heaven

Hello!! How's is Everyone?

How was that to see Nate come back? Was it weird thinking that the last time you saw him, I was with him? ha ha. I'll be glad to see everyone when I get home! BP comes home soon too... Then the "Brothers Grim." ha ha. I think Nate made the right choice to go to the U. Not the other school... What was it called again? BY... Who?  Just kidding. Speaking of School, did you find out anything about scholarships? Elder Rasmussen was telling me about a good website to check out. I really enjoy serving with Elder Rasmussen. One of the funniest guys I've ever met, and one of the most humble and obedient.



Ha ha. Grisha told the Zone Leaders to tell me hello too. :) He's great. Brother Leostrin is in the District Presidency in the St. Petersburg district, and lives in the Shoovalovo Area. Really nice family! He speaks English well, and has a good strong testimony. 

This week people didn't show up to meetings or called and said that it wouldn't work out this week more than usual, but even with that, we saw some success and we are really trying to work hard. We are trying to be obedient. We understand that "Obedience is the first law of heaven." (Preach My Gospel)  I'll have you know that multiple times Elder Rasmussen and I have RAN home with dogs chasing us at our heals, and not knowing why we were running. Maybe so we could be obedient by being home on time? We doing our part, I promise. :)

We have one really good investigator, Yuri who is really shy, but meets with us and continues to read the Book of Mormon. He is accepting the Gospel, but has problems with praying in front of people and coming to Church. We think that it is because he is so shy. Sunday had a little bit of a let down, as we are trying to get a less active to come to church and he said that we could come and pick him up. We came to his house, but when we were let into his room, he wasn't there, and it was 9 o'clock in the morning... Can't get a hold of him... Sunday was great though as Svetva, Elder Bradford and Ash's investigator, received the Gift of the Holy Ghost after being baptized at the Saunaon Saturday, since the font has that "sewer problem" up here. I love to see baptisms and feel the Holy Ghost come and give the Gift of the Holy Ghost.
Sveta can't swim, and was a little nervous getting into the water, as the water level was about up to her chest, but she was brave and was baptized. :) So awesome. 

Other investigators are a little harder to work with, as they agree to do a lot of the commitments, but refuse to do some of the simpler ones, like pray to find out if the Book of Mormon is true, or even just read the Book of Mormon sometimes... In other words, the same ol' same ol'. ha ha. We'll continue to search and ponder, and we will do our part to resolve their concerns with the aide of the Spirit.

I have a question- I was reading today in the Gospel of John, and it was talking about Caiphas, who prophesied that Jesus would die for not just the Jewish nation, but for all nations. We know that Caiphas was unworthy though, and one of the men that condemned Jesus. It isn't effecting my testimony or anything, but I was wondereing your thoughts about why the Lord would let him have the Spirit of Prophesy, being that he wasn't trying to follow the Gospel, and even going against it. Maybe to give him one last testimony and chance to follow Christ? I'm still pondering about this.

Well, I'll see if I can get some pictures on here... If it works then you'll get them. 
I love you all and I love the Lord! Keep Smiling and Be of Good Cheer!
Love,
Blake



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