Well, this is it... I'm coming home... Time warps happen on a mission. It couldn't be that time already. I'm about 90% excited and 10% sad to be coming home. I've been here for so long now and it's become a part of me.
So this last week was really crazy week, and a good way to end my mission. President Clark, Sister Clark along with Brother Balashov came up for the weekend to Petro where they met with the branch for a fireside Saturday and came to sacrament on Sunday. The fireside they talked about the importance of families, and that didn't make me trunky one bit, (Nope, not at all *suspicious look on my face*) where I translated for them and it was a great meeting. I had to say good-bye to everyone in Petro on Sunday as I had all my stuff packed and was leaving with President Clark right after church. It was weird, knowing that I'm not going to have a chance to be "transfered" back there or anywhere else in the mission, but I'll come back to Russia someday and until then there is always Facebook and "Contact", (Russian Facebook)
We got back late, and hadn't eaten anything, so the Clark's made us some German noodles called... well I don't remember. It started with "S". but they were really good! That's were Elder Clark served on his mission. (1st)
Yesterday was Elder Rasmussen's vt, so I was on an exchange with Elder Ash. That was fun! I think the craziest things happen to me when I am with Elder Ash. We came home for lunch and to warm up, when Elder Ash heard a noise and the toilet was overflowing with water and the bath was filling up, rising up from the drain! I wish someone had recorded us, because it would have been a really funny sight to see us. We shut off the water but that didn't do anything, so I ran around looking for the telephone while Elder Ash was grabbing towels and things to stop the flood and we talked with Sister Yefimova, our housing lady for the mission and with the apartment security and we got it to stop. It was a good thing that we were there or water would have filled the apartment. We found out that is was because the river has frozen over along with most pipes here in Peter in that part of the city, so it didn't have anywhere to go. Elder Ash and I were laughing, wondering why all the crazy stuff happens when we are around each other or serving with each other? ha ha. They will probably be shutting down that apartment and will have to go to a new one...
For my final P-day, I will be finishing my souvenir shopping and probably doing something with Elder Ash, Elder Wiser and Elder Rasmussen. Tomorrow will be my exit interview at 4, a dinner at 6 with the Clarks (which will be fantastic I'm sure) and then I don't know if I'll even be going to bed. ha ha. Will just have to leave for the airport soon after that.
I'll exchange some money and will get something to eat with the Code man in New York! I probably won't be that tired, as I will just sleep on the plane. It will be great to see him again. I've missed him too. It's weird sharing a room for 19 years, then not seeing each other at all for 2 years. I'm excited too! :)
I think I have to tell them my preference about the baggage when I check in. I will try to have them send everything straight to Salt Lake. We were able to do it that way coming here, so I don't think that it will be a problem. (Don't jinx it though.)
I just realized that if I asked you a question here, you would just answer it on Thursday, so I guess I don't have any questions to ask right now. I'll ask them then.
Well, see you soon. :) I've learned a lot on my mission. So much. I could talk for hours and hours about it all. But I can also sum it up in a few words: GOD LOVES US. The more you learn about Him, the more you understand. He truly loves us all.
"Some days it is definitely work and stressful and requires alot of effort, but those are the greatest opportunities to grow and learn. I've learned the lesson of staying cheerful and optimistic, even when things aren't going exactly as planned." ~ Elder Blake Larsen, in a letter today for Mom. 5 July, 2011
"I hope you can focus on the good in life. Whenever you feel down, IMMEDIATELY count your blessings. Literally say them, count them! All troubles will seem small if you recognize why you have them & how you can use them to better yourself. This is what my mission has taught me so far."~ Elder Blake T. Larsen
Elder Cody Larsen- NY. NY. North Mission
Elder Cody going the MTC!
The Bro's ~ Cody and Cole in Provo
Saying good-bye at the MTC
My Sister. Feb. 10th, 2010
Larsen, Rasmussen and Chelyshev
Petrozavodsk, January 2012
Snowballs in the S*N*O*W*!
If we can't get people to listen to us...
we'll preach to the trees!
Thanksgiving in Petro
Nevsky and Elder Ash
Trying to be Pirates
ZL Dinner~ St Pete's 2011
With My Friend, Elder Ryan Nelson
Me, Elder Luskotov and friends
Central Zone Conference
Silva family, their dog/my furry friend!
Time for sleep...
Elder Berven and Sergey
Peterhof Feb. 2011
Being a missionary gets crazy!
Saying Farewell to Sergey
Last day in Petergof
Sergey, Me and Elder Gerard
Petergof, before Elder Gerard's transfer
Sister Balkova and Aleena
Mission Christmas Party 2010
Oh to be an Angel....
It's C*O*L*D Out There!
New Companion in Petergof~
Me and Elder Jordan Gerard!
North Zone Conference
November 2010~ Back row, second left.
Elders Domansky and Larsen
Super Cool People!
My last week serving in Vyborg. Evgeni is a great friend!
Elders Larsen and Domansky
Transfer day but still in Vyborg! Yay!
Our "Russian Angel, Sister Luna!"
Elder Leue, Sister Jeanie Luna and Elder Larsen!
Mission Office ~ Sept. 1st, 2010
My favorite people!- Mission office staff and President