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 January 2012

Short and Sweet



It's great to hear that you finally saw BP! I can't wait to see him too. Kelsey sent me a short email just saying that she went to his homecoming, and that it's crazy that everyone is coming home. My district reminds me everyday, and also the Zone Leaders, so I definitely know that I am coming home! Ha ha. You probably have more snow than we do here. This winter is nothing like last year. Little snow, and not nearly as cold as last year. Russia is having a heat wave.

This last week was good as we had a great meeting with Yuri, and he opened up to us that he knows the church is true, but he is afraid of water and that is why he doesn't want to get baptized. We told him about a recent convert with the same fear, and how the branch and the Lord helped her, and he said that he would be baptized. He left to spend time with family up north, so we didn't set a date because he doesn't know exactly when he will be getting back, but he knows sometime around the end of January and beginning of February, so I will already be home by then. Super excited none the less that he has a desire to be baptized. :)

Also met with some of the new potential investigators again this week and they continue to gain interest in the doctrine of the church. The hardest thing I think is just getting them to come to church and check it out for themselves. Easier to meet with people, than it is to invite them to church and have them show up.

Friday I woke up with a bad migraine and slept all day... but I won't complain because I've rarely had migraines on my mission so that is a blessing. Forgot how annoying they are and so we couldn't do any work on Friday. I was feeling fine by the next day, just like when I got them at home though, and we got right back to work. 

Well, sorry that my email is so small this time. Internet is acting so weird today and took forever to send me email to President. 


I'm really excited to see you all in about 2 and a half weeks now! Say hi to BP for me! 


Love you all!
Keep Smiling and Be of Good Cheer!
Love, Blake

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